Climbing Wall Leading Award Training

BOS / Mountaineering Ireland

The CWLA has been designed to train and assess those who wish to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. This includes a wide range of structures (including, for example towers and mobile climbing walls) which will be referred to throughout as ‘walls’. These structures are deemed to have safety equipment, such as top anchors, in place and are maintained through a management regime. The award is concerned with ensuring good practice when developing leading skills. It covers the introduction, coaching and on-going development of the technical and movement skills required to lead routes.

Is it for you? Before registration, candidates must be able to answer yes to the following questions:

Registration is only open to holders of either the Climbing Wall Award or the Single Pitch Award. To register for the Climbing Wall Leading Award you must have led a minimum of 50 different routes on at least three different walls and have belayed a leader on a minimum of 50 climbs. At least half of those routes led must be at a grade of French 6a or above. You must also have logged 20 sessions as a Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award holder. Large major public walls must be visited.

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you an individual or club member of Mountaineering Ireland?
  • Hold the SPA or CWA
  • Have logged at least 20 sessions since passing the SPA / CWA
  • Minimum of 50 leads, 25 of these at F6a or higher
  • Do You have a general knowledge of climbing as a sport and the variety of aspects of climbing?

What we Cover?

CWLA training courses are held over a minimum of one day (8 hours) and comprise a mixture of indoor lectures/discussions and  practical wall sessions. Topics covered on the CWA training syllabus will include: technical competence (such as equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, and personal climbing skills), group management and supervision, emergency procedures, etiquette and promoting the sport of climbing and mountaineering.

To view the entire BOS / Mountaineering Ireland CWA syllabus, click here:

http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/climbing-wall-leading-award

The course can be operated in any suitable indoor facility

Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €125 per person (includes wall admission).
Location: Various
Pre-Requisites: As per syllabus above
Ratio: 1-4 instructor ratio

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