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Developing Climbers from 7yrs+

PRICE: From£169.00 (10 sessions )*



*By booking onto the course you will be committing to a term of weekly climbing sessions in advance. Sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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The Nest is a fully accredited NICAS centre (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme), providing levels 1-3 of the bouldering national curriculum. Logbooks help keep track of progress, and key learning objectives across 5 separate levels help develop all facets of climbing ability. 



  • Develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability

  • Develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport

  • Work as a team, communicate with, and trust other boulderers

  • Provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance

  • Develop an understanding of the sport, its history and ethics

  • Provide a record of personal achievement

  • Point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

NICAS  Levels & Progression

NICAS (Bouldering) has five progressive levels of award for complete novice to expert climbers. The scheme is spilt into two parts and takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete levels 1-4 and an additional year to complete Level 5. Part one contains Levels 1 to 3 and part two contains Levels 4 and 5.

1. New Boulderer
An entry level award for candidates who wish to learn what bouldering is as a physical activity and how to use a bouldering wall safely.

2. Foundation Boulderer
Aimed at helping the candidate to understand how a bouldering wall works, and basic preparation and control while bouldering, with an introduction to equipment and movement skills.

3. Competent Boulderer
Corresponding to most bouldering–only centres’ “membership” standards. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to boulder safely at any bouldering facility and operate in a responsible manner.


Level 3 can take climbers some time to complete with a wide array of skills and techniques to learn before moving up to the higher levels.

Levels 4 and 5 - Skilled/Performance Boulderer

The top two levels focus on improving performance, with advanced skills and knowledge of training and bouldering as well as experience of local and national competitions.


PRICE: £5 (per ticket)

DURATION: 2.5 hours


We have an exciting new event happening on the 16th of December: Our NICAS Comp! 

Our coaches will be there on the day to lend a hand, but each participant must have their own supervisor with them while competing. 

Entry starts from 3pm, then there will be two hours for our candidates to try out our fun new routes, followed by awards and prizes at 5pm. As always, hot drinks, cold drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at reception for spectators and competitors!

NICAS Drop-Ins

PRICE: £13 (per session)

DURATION: 60mins



Our NICAS drop-in sessions are there to fill the school summer holiday gap for existing NICAS candidates who have booked in for the September 2022 term.

These holiday sessions will continue to build on everything your young climber has learned so far through the NICAS programme. In a fun and friendly environment, they'll work on developing their climbing skills and techniques so they can be fresh and ready for their next term of NICAS lessons.. 

What's included:

  • 60 mins fun filled climbing session with a qualified instructor

  • Continued climbing technique and skill development

  • All equipment provided

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