Our fun filled youth climbing school will inspire confidence and spark a desire to increase climbing skill while installing the benefits of an active life style from an early age. This program is appropriate for youth 3 to 16 years of age and introduces the foundations of climbing in a fun filled environment. New climbers will learn the fundamentals of climbing terminology, technical skills, and efficiency of movement. As the child increases their climbing skills they will have the opportunity to advance to the next level (Gemstone Recreational Team) of climbing or may repeat the course for further skill development. Climbers will learn through fun and games, social interaction and of course climbing under the guidance of our climbing coaches as they improve not only their climbing skills but their life skills as well. Participants will have the chance to improve focus, teamwork, problem solving, confidence and much more. Our coaches will help climbers reach new heights and goals while improving their confidence and skills both inside the gym and out!
Bring your child in on a day pass and see if they enjoyed their experience. If they didn’t make it to the top, that’s ok! Some of our best team athletes were scared and are now thriving in strength and confidence. What they need is the desire to come again and have fun!
Once you know your child is interested in climbing, join our “After School Program”, also offered during the Summer months, to move your child quickly up in the sport of climbing with our Climbing Wall Association Certified Instructors!
Once your child has graduated our Intermediate After School Program they will be recommended by their coach to Rec Team. This is a fun team that begins using the skills learned to advance and have fun with like-minded youth. The coaches begin introducing a strength and endurance program to compliment their new technique and movement skills.
Advanced kids, recommended by their coaches, have the option to “try-out” for our USA Competitive Climbing Team (USAC Team) and begin training at a high level and travelling regionally to other to compete and earn points to qualify for Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals in USAC!
ROCK CLIMBING FOR KIDS – THE BENEFITS
What are the benefits of rock climbing for kids? As parents, when our children get to an age where we start thinking about involving them involved in a sport, rock climbing is not usually something that comes to mind. Many of us still hold the belief that rock climbing is something best suited to the adventurous adrenaline junkie and far too dangerous and unsuitable for children. So, is rock climbing for kids a good sport? What are the benefits?
ROCK CLIMBING FOR KIDS
Statistically, rock climbing is one of the safest sports around when compared to traditional sports like rugby and hockey. It’s popularity increasing in recent years. Having started as a recreational activity enjoyed on the weekends, indoor rock climbing is now to an elite sport. It will be featured as an Olympic event at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
This surge in popularity is mostly due the large number of rock climbing centers that have opened up. This makes it easily accessible for the whole family to go and give rock climbing a try.
Besides being a whole lot of fun, rock climbing has many physical, mental and social benefits for kids. Some of which include:
INCREASES STRENGTH, ENDURANCE AND FLEXIBILITY
Probably the most obvious benefit of rock climbing for kids is the physical aspect of the sport. Rock climbing is one of the best total body workouts available, as the motion of climbing works every part of the body.
The practice of rock climbing will strengthen your child’s arms, legs and core. As well as help them to develop strong, lean muscles. As your child progresses through each grade, they will be building up their overall strength, endurance and flexibility.
TEACHES HAND, FEET AND EYE COORDINATION
Climbing a wall teaches children great hand, feet and eye coordination. In order to successfully complete their climb, they have to look, plan and then coordinate their hands and feet to get to their chosen spot.
Enhanced coordination skills developed through rock climbing can also be transferred to many other aspects of life, including other sports. It’s also a great way to reinforce the understanding of left and right.
BUILDS CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM
Standing at the bottom of a rock climbing wall for the first time can be a little scary and overwhelming for a child. However, by getting outside their comfort zone and slowly step by step making their way up the climbing wall, they will overcome their fear and this in turn will boost their self-esteem, even if they don’t make it to the top in the beginning.
By overcoming their fear and achieving their goal on the climbing wall, they will have the confidence and belief in themselves to handle problems in other areas of their life.
INCREASES PROBLEM SOLVING, PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING ABILITIES
With rock climbing there is more than one way to ‘conquer the mountain’. With many possible routes to choose from, your child will have to decide what is going to be their next best move.
At first they will probably make their decisions step by step, but as they become more experienced they’ll be able to visualize a route all the way to the top with just their first step. This is fantastic for building children’s planning and problem solving abilities.
Benefits Of Rock Climbing For Kids Builds Confidence And Self Esteem
With the fast pace of life these days, the constant pressure to achieve, even kids can feel the stress on their little shoulders. With rock climbing, when you are facing a climbing wall you need to be fully focused. This requires you to wash away all outside influences and leave your head clear and ready to concentrate on the task at hand.
In a sense, rock climbing can become a form of meditation. Your child is completely in the present moment with no thoughts of any day-to-day problems or worries. A great climbing session, will re-energized your child and have them ready to face life with a clear head.
DEVELOP COMMUNICATION AND LISTENING SKILLS
With rock climbing, the only person you are competing against is yourself as you progress through each grade. However, rock climbing is a team sport which requires great communication and listening skills.
Unless the facility has an auto-belay system, your child will always be climbing with one other person. One person being the climber and the other being the belayer. The belayer is the person at the bottom of the wall controlling the tightness of the rope for the climber.
It is essential for the climber and belayer to be able to communicate and listen to each other’s instructions in order to climb effectively.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
Youth climbing class cancellation must occur within 24 hours of the scheduled first class of the session and class reimbursement will be refunded the balance minus a $20 registration fee. Caveat: If the child does not like the class after the first class of their session they may cancel and be refunded the balance minus the $20 registration fee. If the child continues after the first class no further refunds will be given.
If no reservations are available for a particular class, Participants may join the waitlist. As they become available, class reservations are offered by email or text (depending on when the reservation becomes available) to Participants on the waitlist on a first come, first served basis.