nicas | level 3
National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme
The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures.
It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to young climbers aged 8 and upwards.
This level concentrates on climbing technique and movement with some additional knowledge of equipment.
Bouldering is a key component of this level and a suitable venue that provides a wide range of bouldering challenges is essential to deliver both training and assessment.
Completion of this level corresponds with a good pass at GCSE PE (Indoor Climbing).
Minimum hours of coaching: 16 hours
Expected additional minimum time commitment by candidate: 12 hours of un-coached climbing
There are 16 sessions (a full term) and an assessment at the end to obtain the NICAS Level 3 certificate.
NICAS logbook are required for this course and are included in the course fee.
Students must bring their own climbing shoes and harness
Level 3: Technical climber
At Level 3, young climbers will learn:
Knowledge of different harness types, helmets, rock shoes and belay devices – including the ability to evaluate their condition and ensure appropriate care and maintenance.
Knots – figure of eight on the bight, clove hitch, overhand.
Belaying using a variety of devices and choice of appropriate device.
Knowledge of a wide range of appropriate climbing techniques
Principles of good climbing movement
The structure of a climbing session – warming up exercises, stretching, gentle climbing, peaking, warming down, rest
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