SPA training course

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SPA training

SPA training

SPA training

SPA training

SPA Training

SPA training

SPA training

SPA training course

The SPA training course is aimed at climbers wishing to teach and instruct climbing on single pitch crags. It also aims to develop personal climbing skills.

Why do your course with us?

We are both MIC Qualified and spend a lot of time thinking about current practice and striving to be the best that we can be.  As a result, we believe candidates on our courses have a depth of current knowledge to draw upon. We aim to deliver courses in a clear, thought through style that is progressive and structured and yet flexible enough to allow discussion and new ideas. We understand that candidates have different learning styles and aim to deliver our courses to reflect this. As current SPA session providers we work with a wide variety of groups on a regular basis delivering normal SPA sessions to scouts, schools, young families, beginner climbers, teaching leading and rigging to university students, adult groups, etc. This allows us to stay current and continually assess our course delivery.

What is the SPA?

The two day course covers many skills designed to turn climbers into instructors who are able to motivate & coach rock climbing to a wide range of groups. One day focuses on group sessions, rigging, abseiling and coaching. The second day focuses on personal climbing skills. Please look at the course programme for an in-depth list of all we cover. If you would like any more information please either call or email to chat through the course.

Mountain Training registration

You must be registered with Mountain Training to do this course.  You must create an account with Mountain Training and register on the scheme.  The best way to do this is on the Mountain Training Website. Sometime candidates don’t realise that they need to create an account and also register on the chosen scheme.

This video clip runs through all the steps to being registered.


SPA training courses outline

Day 1

We meet at 8:30 am on the morning of the first day and then travel to a crag (venue arranged around the weather).
Eve of day 1. We visit the indoor wall.

Day 2

We meet at 9 am at a different crag venue. After debrief and course review we finish by 5 pm.

SPA training course detailed outline

Day 1

Group rigging and abseiling session. Initial introduction: ” Outline of the SPA scheme training and assessment ” Aims of the course ” Group dynamics ” What constitutes an SPA crag ” What the SPA remit covers ” Types of group ” Seasonal restrictions at crags ” Weather and rock type ” What makes a fun and challenging group session

Crag session:

We encourage the sharing of ideas and knowledge between candidates as well as the main input from ourselves as course deliverer ” Bouldering and strategies to teach/coach movement on rock ” Encouraging environmental awareness and assessing group impact at the crag. Instructor professionalism and role modelling ” Games and fun strategies to encourage groups to be comfortable in the new environment. ” Teaching groups about harnesses and helmets ” Setting up appropriate rope systems and instructor safety ” Rope systems:

1. Bottom rope, bottom belay.

Skills include different belay techniques, involving the group in the belay system/peer belaying, tying on vs crabbing on, climbing calls, ground anchors, avoiding problems, techniques for safe lowering, simple problem solving if things go wrong Ensuring the static rope is over the edge of the crag, use of rope protectors, different attachment methods for the dynamic rope pros and cons e.g. single or double crabs, pulleys, figure eights. Anchor choice and type, different knots, critical angles. Fast and efficient ways of rigging.

2. Top rope top belay.

Setting up a system where the instructor is out of the system. Different methods. Climbing calls and tying on. Belaying using plate and Italian hitch. Access above crag for groups. Hand lines. Pro’s and Con’s of each system and when each is appropriate. Dealing with nervous or difficult clients.

Group abseiling rig and sessions

Setting up a group abseil with safety and abseil rope, locking off the Italian hitch, release ability, ease of access and take off point, instructor safety and different rope systems, what happens at the bottom of the rope, group safety before and after abseiling, tandem abseil and abseil pick ups, simple problem solving e.g stuck coat/hair etc. Discussion of different venues. We aim to go to two different venues in the morning and afternoon session.

SPA Evening session

Indoor climbing wall session covering:

” Safe use of a climbing wall and other users ” Warming up and mobility stretching and its importance ” Bouldering: games, teaching and coaching movement, spotting, paired climbing, challenges and route setting, ” Roped climbing: using harnesses, tying on and wall policy, belay techniques and ground anchors, different types of climb, coaching movement, blind fold climbing and quiet climbing etc as techniques to improve awareness of the body, teaching climbing moves for different situations, safe lowering, group games. ” Warming down/stretching

Day 2

Personal climbing

Each candidate to lead climbs they feel comfortable on. Focusing on: ” Instructor appearance and role modelling to show best practice ” Choice of crag and route ” Using a guide book ” Seasonal restrictions at crags ” Climbing calls and instructions to the novice second before leaving the ground e.g. nut key use etc ” Where the second should stand and teaching belaying to a novice second ” Good gear placement appropriately spaced ” Awareness of rope line ” Awareness of length of runner to be used ” Placement of the first runner ” Rigging at the top including anchor choice and rope system. Independence of anchors etc. ” Correct use of belay plate ” Lowering of climber ” Locking off the belay plate ” Simple problem solving ” What to do with the second at the top ” Dealing with additional climbers ” Retrievable abseil ” Coaching where possible to improve the candidates climbing ability and confidence and to improve their skills and efficiency.

SPA training course cost £160.

Please bring money to pay for the entrance to the wall for the evening session.

We usually stop for a quick bite to eat between being on the hill and going to the wall.  To keep this short and sweet we usually pop into the Morrison’s café in Kendal.

How to book

You can simply book online and fill in the booking form all in one go.

We use world pay to make things safe and as easy as possible for you.

Once you have booked online, you will receive a confirmation email for your booking with all the arrangements for your activity.

If you are wanting to book an activity which starts within 48 hours of the  booking date, please call us so that we can process your booking on the phone. This will ensure you don’t miss out and can have a great time on the activity.

If you would like to email or chat please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Booking Page

For this course you must be registered with the MT and fulfil the experience requirements.
The MT can be contacted on 01690 720 314 or go to their website

Follow this link to some very useful info about belaying.

BMC Belaying & Abseiling leaflet