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Sports Climbing

Intro to Sports Climbing

Intro to Sports Climbing is a very basic program which allows participants to enjoy the basics of climbing and understand the basic technics used in Sports Climbing. Compared to the Level 1, this Intro serves create a experiential learning before entering into the basic of Level 1.

Sports Climbing Level 1

Course Duration

7 hours or 2 sessions of 3.5 hours


At least 13 years of age

Instructor To Trainee Ratio

1 Instructor : 10 Trainees, OR

1 Instructor + 1 Climbing Assistant (or Trainee Instructor) : 16 Trainees


The purpose of this course is to give participants an enjoyable, safe and informative introduction to sport climbing. The course is designed for people with no prior knowledge of sport climbing. Participants will be introduced to: equipment, climbing techniques, checking procedures, belaying for top-roping and climbing calls.


Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements :
1. Correct harness usage
2. Correct tie-in technique using the figure-of-8 knot
3. Correct belay technique using a friction device
4. Correct use of climbing calls
5. Perform pre-climb checks



SNCS Sport Climbing Level One Certificate



  1. Introduction to the Sport of Climbing

    • Development of climbing in Singapore

    • Concept of climbing

      • Sport climbing /Traditional climbing;

      • Lead / Top-rope;

      • Bouldering

  2. Introduction of Climbing Equipment (usage, care, limitation)

    • Ropes (Dynamic & Static)

    • Harness

    • Karabiner

    • Friction devices – (Fig.8 and Tubular)

    • Climbing shoes

    • Helmet

    • Chalk (drying agent)

    • Others – Quickdraws (Runners), Sling/Tape

  3. Tie-in Knot (usage, limitation, dressing)

    • Figure of Eight thread-through

  1. Belaying Technique (5 steps belay) using friction devices

    • Belaying a climber

    • Lowering a climber

    • Belaying stance

    • Arresting a climber’s fall

    • Rope handling & management

  2. Basic Climbing Technique

    • Use of handholds – pinch, grip, underhand, side pull, sloper, pocket

    • Use of footholds – edging, smearing

    • Basic wall configuration – corners, overhangs, slabs, roof

  3. Top-rope Climbing

    • Pre-climb checks

    • Climbing commands

    • Spotting

    • Safety considerations – pendulums, falling on other people, rope placement, buddy check

  4. Course Review

    • Suggestions for further advancement

    • General discussion and feedback

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