CWI Training Programme

Day 1

Introductions and background

  • Arrival, a tour of the climbing wall, identification of suitable areas to use for beginners
  • Informal introduction (experience, interests and reason for interest in the Award)
  • The Climbing Wall Award in context – its aims and the structure of the Scheme, where does it fit with other MT schemes


Climbing Wall Etiquette – ‘The Unwritten Rules’

  • Being aware of personal responsibilities whilst using the wall, to partners, other climbers, and non-climbers
  • Hazard identification and reduction


Climbing Equipment

  • A look at the contrasting equipment used by candidates, plus good maintenance of equipment and how to detect problems
  • Different types of harnesses, helmets, belay devices, climbing shoes


Warm up for adults and traversing


  • Different approach when warming up children to adults
  • Aerobic warm up (stations for different aerobic exercise)
  • Dynamic stretching
  • Climbing warm up, traversing


Teaching knots workshop

  • A different way to teach knots depending if teaching adults or children


Belaying workshop

  • Setting up the belay system, buddy checking, direct and indirect belays, use of different belay devices, great belay technique, partner communication, holding falls blindfolded, lowering


Working break

  • Discuss home paper


Prevention is better than cure and intro to problem-solving

  • Fault finding (face to face)
  • Tying of the belay
  • How to get down stuck climber
  • Hair and pieces of clothing getting stuck into the belay device
  • Climber climbing with an incorrect /incomplete knot


Personal lead climbing skills

  • Leading at least 4+
  • Dynamic belaying


Background Knowledge

Used to acknowledge a broader understanding of rock climbing than just on indoor walls:

  • History of climbing in the UK and where climbing walls fit in
  • Traditions and ethics


Day 2

Bouldering briefing

  • No climbing under other climbers
  • Climbing down no jumping
  • Nothing in the pockets
  • No rings and jewelry
  • Don’t wear a harness when bouldering


Warm up games for children

  • Animals, disaster game
  • Colours of fruit
  • Spelling on the wall
  • Limbo
  • Climbing using only one hand


Bouldering and movement

  • Footwork (quiet, tick marks, swap not swap, kick out)
  • Straight arms
  • Flow (route reading)
  • Relaxed, breathing
  • Balance
  • Steep ground
  • Smearing, rock over, bridging, palming
  • Different types of holds (jugs, crimps, pinches, side pulls, gastons, undercuts)
  • Balance


Working lunch

  • Discuss climbing grades

Organising Groups

  • Effective pre-planning of group sessions
  • Assessing abilities within the group and thereby setting appropriate aims for the session


Managing Groups

  • Welcoming groups and introducing them to the session in a positive way
  • Inspiring the group to want to climb
  • Setting shared objectives
  • Choice and correct fitting of equipment
  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Choice of belay devices
  • Managing different groups birthday parties, beginners courses, NICAS, taster sessions


Ground Anchors

  • Different types of ground anchors




What to do next

  • How to prepare for the assessment


Personal debrief

  • 1:1