BMC FUNdamentals Of Climbing 1
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 1 Days
  • 10 People to 1 instructor

BMC FUNdamentals Of Climbing 1

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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 takes research and theory on the developing child, and the risk of injury if inappropriate activities or training techniques are used to coach them. 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.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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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


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

The following is an example course programme;

Agility, Balance and Coordination


Floor and wall exercises

Common climbing errors

FUNdamental Climbing Skills

Centre of Gravity

Weight Transfer

Economy of Climbing Movement


Awareness of useable parts of the boot

Precision and accuracy

Understanding friction

Foot swapping


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.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We can arrange station pick up & drop off if you're travelling by train, and during the day you'll have free hot drinks and afternoon tea.Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

Course Start Date
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Course Start Date
7th January, 2023
1 Days
Spaces available

*If your course is based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, residential prices include catering from the morning of your course start date and cover the duration of your course, accommodation starts on the night before your course commences to the morning of the last day of your booking.

This course will help you become

More knowledgeable in basic climbing movement. These are key to learning to become a Foundation Coach.

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