If you're coming to visit us for the first time there are a few things you'll want to know. You should be able to find them out in these pages, but if we're missing any information you want to know please feel free to get in touch.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Boulder Shack offers bouldering facilities for adults, children and parents, first-time climbers and high-end performance competition climbers. We've got something for everyone!
This page is aimed at adults, and at juniors 4 to 17 years old that are new to, or with limited experience at bouldering and wishing to climb at Boulder Shack.
If you've never climbed before, or you have limited indoor bouldering experience you'll need to take a 45 minute Induction Plus class. The Induction Plus class must also be taken by any adult (without regular & recent climbing experience) wanting to supervise an under 18's (read more on this below). During your hands-on class you will learn about this amazing centre and how to use it safely. After the class, you will be able to use all of Boulder Shack's facilities whenever you like at the prices seen here.
Induction Plus classes cost £12 for adults and we run at least one every day. Click the button below to see when then next Induction Plus class is and to book online.
You will also need to watch the Boulder Shack Safety Induction Video and complete a Boulder Shack waiver, this can be done online here before your visit to save you time on arrival.
(You can also climb, without the need for an induction if you are signed in by an existing user/experienced climber. Once you have been signed in on three separate occasions you will be signed off for unsupervised climbing, no longer requiring an Induction Plus)
14 & 17 YEAR OLDS
If you are 14 - 17 years old you may either climb under the direct supervision of an adult (as detailed below, "6 to 13 years") or can be given permission by your parent or legal guardian to manage your own safety and to climb without adult supervision. To climb unsupervised as a 14 - 17 year old requires you to have either: completed level 3 NIBAS or, shown acceptable, responsible behaviour on at least 5 separate occasions whilst climbing at Boulder Shack.
The first step for both you and your parent / legal guardian to watch the Boulder Shack Induction Video and to complete the centre waiver together. You can either do this online here, or in the centre on arrival. You will both need to sign this so must be together at this stage.
Then, irrespective of experience you must attend an Induction Plus class. During your hands-on class you will learn about this amazing centre and how to use it safely. After the class you will be able to use all of Boulder Shack's facilities (except the campus boards) whenever you like
Induction Plus classes cost £8.50 for 14 - 17 year olds and we run at least two every day. Check the events calendar to see when then next Induction Plus class is.
6 - 13 YEARS
Children aged 6 to 13 years old must be under direct adult supervision at all times whilst at Boulder Shack. The maximum ratio is 1 adult to 2 children. If you are an experienced climbing adult with regular and recent experience then you will need to watch the Boulder Shack Safety Video and complete the centre waiver for both you and each child.
If you are new to climbing yourself then you will also need to watch the safety video and complete the waivers. Then you will need to attend an Induction Plus class. This class will teach you practical skills for safely looking after children at Boulder Shack.
Now you'll be ready to climb and each adult (whether climbing themselves or not) may supervise two 6-13 year olds.
4 - 5 YEARS
The same guidelines as above apply to children aged 4 to 5 years old but must always be supervised on a 1 to 1 ratio, with no exceptions.
Please re-visit this page soon for information on instructed classes for under 4's.