Foundation Coach Training

Foundation Coach training is designed to enable you to be more effective in coaching the fundamental movement skills of climbing. Our team are experienced and passionate coaches themselves and will develop your skills as much as possible.

Plas y Brenin

1 Days

Instructor Ratio1:12


Plas y Brenin


1 Days

Instructor Ratio


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You want to engage and inspire climbers when you’re teaching them foundation skills so that they’ll become as passionate about the sport as you are.

Our one day Mountain Training accredited Foundation Coach training course focuses on three main areas;

  • The coaching skills and knowledge of what, and how, to coach more effectively
  • The technical competence to manage and deliver an enjoyable and stimulating session, usually to a group of individuals
  • The culture of reflective practice in striving for continual improvement.

The Objectives  

Foundation Coach training is designed to enable you to be more effective in coaching the fundamental movement skills of climbing.

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What To Expect

The course is run in line with the syllabus laid out by Mountain Training and covers; coaching behaviours, planning, preparations, managing, sporting values, movement skills, physiology, reflective practice, feedback, evaluating and technical competence.

Experience Required

Prior to attending a Foundation Coach training course you must;

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be a member of a mountaineering council
  • Have at least 6 months personal climbing experience
  • Have attended a FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop

How Should I Prepare?

Coaches must be appropriately experienced and qualified to supervise safe sessions in the environment in which they choose to coach, e.g. a site specific sign-off by a Technical Advisor for bouldering; Climbing Wall Instructor for roped climbing; Climbing Wall Development Instructor for coaching lead climbing, and Rock Climbing Instructor to coach on single pitch crags etc.

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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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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.