NICAS & NIBAS

Promoting personal growth, building confidence and developing life skills in our young climbers

NATIONAL INDOOR CLIMBING AWARD SCHEME (NICAS)

We are a UK Awarding Centre for the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) and we deliver the NICAS syllabus as part of our Cliffhangers sessions for Juniors and Youth. NICAS focuses predominantly on High Wall rope climbing with elements of Bouldering at the latter levels.  

As an Awarding NICAS Centre we can deliver NICAS levels 1, 2 and 3.

NATIONAL INDOOR BOULDERING AWARD SCHEME (NIBAS)

We are also a UK Primary Centre for the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS). NIBAS forms part of our Cliffhangers sessions for Juniors and Youth and we deliver this syllabus through these sessions. NIBAS focuses purely on Bouldering.

As a Primary NIBAS Centre we can deliver all NIBAS levels 1 to 5.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN NICAS AND NIBAS

NICAS and NIBAS are amazing schemes that allow young climbers to gain new abilities, build confidence and develop key life skills through climbing. Climbers working on NICAS and NIBAS are rewarded for their progression and both schemes count towards GCSE and Duke of Edinburgh Awards too. We deliver NICAS and NIBAS as part of our Cliffhangers Climbing Club.

CLIMBING FOR JUNIORS AGED 8-12

  • CLIFFHANGERS JUNIOR FOUNDATION

    Our Cliffhangers Junior Foundation is a 6 week beginners course novice climbers. This is the starting point for all students on our Cliffhangers sessions and upon completing this course students will receive a NICAS Level 1 pass. No previous climbing experience is necessary.

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  • CLIFFHANGERS JUNIOR IMPROVERS

    Students on our Cliffhangers Junior Improvers session develop their rope climbing skills on NICAS Level 2 and also begin Bouldering working through NIBAS Levels 1 and 2. 

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  • CLIFFHANGERS JUNIOR TECHNICAL

    Students on our Cliffhangers Junior Technical sessions focus much more on really growing as a technical climber and work largely on NICAS Level 3 for ropes and NIBAS Levels 2 and 3 for Bouldering. 

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CLIMBING FOR TEENS AGED 13-17

  • CLIFFHANGERS YOUTH FOUNDATION

    Our Cliffhangers Youth Foundation is a 6 week beginners course novice climbers. This is the starting point for all students on our Cliffhangers sessions and upon completing this course students will receive a NICAS Level 1 pass. No previous climbing experience is necessary.

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  • CLIFFHANGERS YOUTH CLUB

    Our Cliffhangers Youth Club is a fantastic group that brings together climbers who love to socialise and develop their climbing skills alongside our senior climbing coaches. Students in our Youth Club are able to progress NICAS Levels 2 and 3 and also develop their Bouldering brilliance through NIBAS Levels 1, 2 and 3 - all as part of our Youth Club sessions. 

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NICAS & NIBAS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS