BMC Fundamentals of Climbing 1

This one day workshop's aimed at climbers who work with and coach young people, but it's also useful if you only work with adults. It covers a mixture of theory and practical sessions to give you the tools to safely and effectively coach.

Plas y Brenin

1 days

Instructor Ratio1:10


Plas y Brenin


1 days

Instructor Ratio


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This course covers research and theory on child development, as well as the risk of injury if inappropriate activities or training techniques are used when coaching.

You’ll explore how this research can help shape the way you structure your work to coach children and young people. On a practical level, you’ll gain more understanding of how body movement and position impacts upon climbing style, and how to apply this knowledge to achieve increased performance and to help prevent climbing injuries.

The Objectives  

The FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 focuses on the important themes that underpin climbing movement and is part of the training for the Foundation Coach Award. The learning outcomes for the FUNdamentals 1 day are that you will be able to;

  • Describe the essential principles of the LTPD model
  • Demonstrate and explain basic coaching pedagogy
  • Structure an appropriate warm up
  • Explain, demonstrate and evaluate key climbing movement principles
  • Identify and apply appropriate activities to develop the FUNdamentals of climbing movement

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What to Expect 

  • Agility, Balance and Coordination
  • Warming-up
  • Floor and wall exercises
  • Common climbing errors
  • FUNdamental Climbing Skills
  • Centre of Gravity
  • Weight Transfer
  • Economy of Climbing Movement
  • Footwork
  • Awareness of useable parts of the boot
  • Precision and accuracy
  • Understanding friction
  • Foot swapping
  • Handholds
  • Hand swapping
  • Long Term Participant Development – LTPD
  • Stages of climbing development
  • Chronological versus biological age
  • Windows of opportunity
  • Trainability vs adaptability in childhood
  • Critical or sensitive periods of growth
  • Overall physical, cognitive and emotional development

Experience Required

You should have experience of leading or assisting on group climbing sessions.

How Should I Prepare?

You need to be a keen climber.

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Note: Our instructors will assess any safety equipment you bring with you. If they consider it to be below the required standard, you will be asked to use equipment provided by Plas y Brenin.

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