What is NIBAS?

NIBAS stands for National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme and is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development through structured learning and accredited individual achievement. It’s a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing, from novice to experienced, and starts from age 7 at VauxWall. With Climbing having debuted as a sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, NIBAS is a fantastic starting point for young climbers to learn about the climbing pathway and all the places it could take them in the future.

NIBAS at VauxWall

NIBAS is a wonderful way for any person to get into climbing. VauxWall NIBAS sessions are aimed at children 7-10 & 11+ and are structured so that candidates can continue to learn alongside their climbing friends at the same time each week for multiple, and continuous, term times.

We will run NIBAS sessions on a half-term basis, in accordance with local school half terms. These will take place after school during the weekdays and over weekends. Sessions are 75 minutes long, instructor-led and with a maximum group size of 6. Age groups are 7-10 and 11+.

NIBAS Foundation

For those brand new to the sport, or with minimal experience, of climbing. These sessions are perfect for those who want to learn to climb / enjoy climbing as a physical activity. It teaches the fundamental & key techniques that all advanced climbing movements are based upon in a fun atmosphere with our experienced coaches. All candidates will learn the best practices to climb safely within a bouldering environment. The Foundation sessions will take a candidate somewhere between 2-3 full school terms to complete.

*Please note that there will be a one-off payment of £11 for the NIBAS Logbook and folder on the very first session. This logbook and folder then stays with the participant as they move through the scheme.

NIBAS Intermediate:

The next level for those climbers who have already completed the NIBAS Foundation (completed and passed NIBAS Level 1 & 2) sessions. The Intermediate level builds on the skills and competencies learned in the Foundation sessions with more advanced climbing skills being introduced as candidates progress through the NIBAS scheme. The Intermediate level allows candidates to stay together and climb together as a group even if learning at different levels and climbing grades. The Intermediate level has no upper time limit as it continually builds and refines climbing skills.

If you miss the start of the course you can still sign up but will be unable to book online; please contact the Centre directly to book.

If you’d like some more information about NIBAS, and the charity that runs it, please visit