Established in 2010, Climb Academy at Climber's Rock is a developmental program for youth age 4 to 17. Using the sport of indoor rock climbing, our coaches teach valuable and age-appropriate lessons to help youth enjoy the sport and develop healthy living habits.
Weekly instructed lessons explore new skills, climbing terminology, movement, technique, gym etiquette, and more. Our youth coaches engage with participants and encourage teamwork and sportsmanship through exciting games and challenges. Activities are designed to build confidence and introduce participants to new friends in a safe and welcoming environment.
Like riding a bike, putting on skates, and jumping in a pool, we believe the lessons learned at an early age through rock climbing contribute to happier, healthy living.
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AGe 4 to 7
Cost: $105 + HST / Month
Academy Tykes is designed to focus primarily on the ABC's (Agility, Balance and Control) of gross motor development. Participants will learn about physical coordination and body awareness through age and height appropriate climbing games and activities.
Available weekdays (M-F)
flexible drop off & supervised climbing between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm
climbing instruction between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm
supervised climbing & flexible pick up between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Or weekends (Sat/Sun)
flexible drop off & supervised climbing between 9:00 am and 9:30 am
climbing instruction between 9:30 am and 10:00 am
supervised climbing & flexible pick up between 10:00 am and 10:30 am
Weekly sessions for youth ages 4 to 7 are on-going and can be joined at any time based on availability. Registration includes one (1) session per week and participation can be started or stopped any month.
Climber's Rock youth coaches will supervise and instruct participants ages 4 - 7 during scheduled climbing sessions in the Youth Lab (for bouldering) and Top Rope Alley (for route climbing). Both areas will be closed to the general public during Academy Tykes climbing sessions. Parents of Academy Tykes participants are welcome to drop their children off or stay to watch/participate.
In order to maintain proper climber to coach ratios, Academy Tykes participants must pick one (1) day of the week to attend.
Participants must be 4 years of age before registering.
Supervised climbing & Instruction
Ages 8 to 13
Cost: $150 + HST / Month
Let the fun begin! Climb Academy is all about getting new climbers on the wall as much as possible. Our coaches introduce students to different types of holds and explore movement techniques through fun games and activities.
Advanced instruction focuses on learning new climbing techniques and gaining more physical control on the wall. Participants will also learn to belay and demonstrate high levels of safety and etiquette when climbing.
Weekdays (M-F) 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm:
flexible drop off & supervised climbing beginning at 4:30 pm
5pm to 6pm: introductory & advanced instruction for participants ages 8 - 10
6pm to 7pm: introductory & advanced instruction for participants ages 11 - 13
supervised climbing and flexible pickup until 8:00 pm
Weekends (Sat/Sun) 10:30 am to 2:00 pm:
flexible drop off & supervised climbing beginning at 10:30 am
11am to 12pm: introductory & advanced instruction for participants ages 8 - 10
12pm to 1pm: introductory & advanced instruction for participants ages 11 - 13
supervised climbing and flexible pickup until 2:00 pm
Climb Academy participants ages 8 to 13 may sign up for one instructed class per week and are welcome to visit and climb as often as they like as many days as they like during scheduled supervised Climb Academy hours
Mon - Fri between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Sat / Sun between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm
Climber's Rock youth coaches will supervise and instruct participants ages 8 - 13 in the Youth Lab (for bouldering) and Top Rope Alley (for route climbing) each day during Climb Academy hours. Both areas will be closed to the general public during Climb Academy sessions.
Participants must be 8 years of age before joining.
Varsity Climbing Club
AGes 14 to 17
Varsity Climbing Club is a weekly group of teenage climbers looking to engage with new friends through an exciting sport. Our coaches will climb with participants and help ensure a positive atmosphere.
A little bit of training, expanding skills, pushing themselves, and sometimes goofing off and good laughs come together to create a strong community bond.
Varsity Climbing Club participants ages 14 - 17 will meet and climb in the main gym and boulder lab on Friday's from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Participation in the Varsity Climbing Club is free with regular gym membership or day pass.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Is Climbing Dangerous?
There are risks involved with rock climbing and participants are required to abide by strict rules when visiting any indoor rock climbing gym.
An indoor climbing gym is not the same as an indoor playground. Due to the nature of the sport, the risk of falling and getting injured must be taken seriously by everyone inside a climbing facility.
Indoor rock climbing is safe when all participants are knowledgeable and remain alert. Youth programs at Climber's Rock are designed to introduce the sport of rock climbing to new participants and teach them how to enjoy the sport safely.
Climb Academy lessons at Climber's Rock are taught in a separate youth climbing space. Before youth climbers have access to the main climbing gym, they will learn and practice safe climbing techniques and must demonstrate their understanding of gym rules and etiquette.
What do Climb Academy participants do?
Climb Academy is about much more than just learning how to climb on rocks. Participants quickly discover rock climbing is a fun, healthy exercise and a great way to meet new friends.
Climb Academy at Climber's Rock has been introducing the sport to youth climbers since 2010. Many participants have grown up in the gym and become coaches, camp counselors, route setters, desk staff, and some have travelled the world to represent Canada at international climbing competitions.
My child has never climbed before - can I sign them up?
Yes! Our classes cater to climbers of all skill levels - from absolute beginner to seasoned crusher. Climbing is inherently individual - that means even during our awesome group activities, the level of challenge being offered can be tailored to each individual climber. We have specifically designed our climbing lessons to be beneficial to everyone - from first time attendees to long term regular participants.
Which classes should my child attend?
Participants new to the sport will enjoy our introductory lessons and discover a mountain of new skills and knowledge. As participants become more familiar with our coaches, we can recommend future classes based on each individual's skills and interests.
Many of our coaches were Climb Academy participants themselves and understand the best methods to ensure every climber is challenged and has opportunity of achieving improvement.
What should participants wear?
We recommend wearing light layers - the gym is kept cool, but climbing warms you up quickly. Bare feet are NOT allowed so don't forget socks! If your child does not have their own climbing gear (climbing shoes, harness, chalk bag) you can arrange to rent gear from us (until they decide the sport is something they really enjoy and want to get their own).
How do we get started?
Beginning in September 2022, our Climb Academy is an on-going monthly program. This allows participants to join the program and start learning as soon as they reach our minimum age requirement.
If you have never been to Climber's Rock, before you do anything else head on over to our Online Portal to create a household account and fill out waivers for everyone in your household who plans to visit. This will save a lot of time during your first visit!
We recommend picking a day and starting with a single Climb Academy Visit. While your child is having fun on the walls with our coaches and other participants, we can answer your questions and show you around so you can decide if Climb Academy is right for you and your child.
What can parents do?
Parents are welcome to watch/participate outside of lesson times (climbing for fun!) in our supervised youth climbing areas, or visit our main gym and boulder lab to get in some climbing time for themselves, or hang out and enjoy a delicious coffee on the mezz (free WiFi), or drop your children off and come back to get them before the end of the designated pick-up time.
During instruction time, we ask that parents do NOT remain in the lesson area to watch. Our Academy coaches are well-trained and adept at working with kids of all ages. Over many years of operation, we have found children focus best on learning when it's just them and the coaches. Our coaches receive better responses from the kids and build trust faster when parents are not hovering nearby. Kids pay attention, develop independence and confidence, and get more accomplished during lesson time - all great benefits attributed to the sport of climbing.
All parents are strongly encouraged to sign up for our Top Rope Belay lesson (no climbing required). The lesson focuses on safe practices used in rock climbing and will teach you how to work the ropes for your child (or children) and enjoy the sport together.
Important: To help avoid climbing accidents, collisions, and injuries, climbers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times when visiting Climber's Rock and NOT participating in Climb Academy.
How do payments work and what is included?
Climb Academy is now available as a monthly membership. After signing up, Climber's Rock will bill your payment card on the 1st day of each month until cancelled. A monthly receipt will be emailed after each payment is received.
Participants ages 4 to 7 may sign up for and attend one session per week.
Participants ages 8 to 13 may visit as often as they like as many days as they like during scheduled Climb Academy hours and attend one (1) introductory or advanced climbing lesson per week.
Climbing shoes are available for rent but NOT included in the price of Climb Academy. We strongly recommend participants obtain their own climbing shoes.
Climbing harnesses will be provided at no extra charge during Climb Academy lessons. Participants are welcome to use their own climbing harness if they have one, or rent a harness outside of lesson times.
A regular gym membership is included with Climb Academy. Participants are welcome to climb outside Climb Academy hours provided they are accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
Cancellation and Refunds
To cancel your child's participation in Climb Academy and turn off monthly payments, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know the final month you plan to attend and include both the name of the participant (child) and your name (parent).
If your child has changed their mind and only attended a few sessions in their final month, upon request we can bill $30 for each session attended and refund the difference from the last payment received.