National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme
The NICAS Scheme (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) and NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme) are a fantastic way to get children aged 7 and above involved in climbing.
There are 5 levels to the scheme, these are:
- Level 1: New Climber
- Level 2: Foundation Climber
- Level 3: Technical Climber
- Level 4: Lead Climber
- Level 5: Advanced Climber
All candidates must start at level 1 and those who are successful can progress to the next level. Each level has a syllabus which is set by a national awarding body (Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust). It takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete levels 1-4 and an additional year to complete level 5. At the end of each level successful climbers will receive a certificate.
Learners are given a log book which they complete as they progress through the scheme. This is fantastic way for both children and parents to monitor progress and is excellent tool to keep kids motivated. Logbooks for each level are purchased at a cost of £7.50. This also includes the cost of certificates.
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