Here at the Hangar we base all our kids' sessions on the NIBAS syllabus to ensure you're getting the best coaching and content for your kids. But what does that mean, and how does it work?
What is NIBAS?
The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme is a nationally recognised programme of training with the aim of creating confident, competent independent climbers.
NIBAS has been created with junior climbers aged 7+ in mind. It’s a perfect route to progressing a climbing hobby, but for more ambitious kids it provides opportunities to develop athlete dreams, coaching skills or other ‘at height’ career potential.
By creating a standardised programme, participants can monitor their progress, demonstrate their ability and be confident that the coaches delivering the course are qualified to a national standard.
NIBAS is arranged over five levels.
- Level 1 – safety, confidence, and fun – catching the climbing bug!
- Levels 2 and 3 – skills and technique, self-motivation and independent climbing
- Levels 4 and 5 – advanced skills, structured training, collaborative coaching practice and experience of competitive events
You can check out the official skills breakdown on the NIBAS website.
NIBAS at The Hangar - how to get qualified
Running NIBAS means we need every centre and coach to be assessed to ensure they meet the required standards. This means it can take a little while for NIBAS to be available in new centres. Check what's on offer with your local Hangar.
NIBAS is run as a pre-booked course which runs over ten weeks with a maximum of eight kids per session. £150.
Other centres (Liverpool only at present)
If your kids are coming to Rock Club Junior or Rock Club Advanced they're already covering the NIBAS requirements. Just register them with your session coach and purchase the log book (£6) for their progress to be formally recorded and awarded. Rock Club sessions start at £9.50 per session.