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NICAS Bouldering

Supported by our experienced and qualified coaches, participants will develop their climbing skills within a structured environment, working their way through the NICAS Bouldering award scheme.

Focused on cultivating a lifelong involvement in climbing, the scheme teaches climbing techniques, terminology, equipment use, safety, and etiquette while providing a record of personal achievement.

Assessment is ongoing throughout each level; participants are awarded a certificate for each level they successfully pass.

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What is NICAS?

NICAS Bouldering (previously known as NIBAS) is the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme for bouldering.

It is a nationally recognised coaching scheme with 5 progressive levels, designed to create competent, confident, and independent boulderers. Sessions are suitable for those aged 7+.

We have a team of qualified, dedicated coaches and instructors in Manchester that are experts in bouldering; with years of experience running classes, you can be sure your child will not only become a competent climber but will also love the journey too.

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What Classes Are Available?

Level 1:

New Boulderer: this entry-level award is an introduction to bouldering movement and terminology, as well as safety and etiquette. Level 1 takes an average of 6 weekly sessions to complete. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 6:15-7:15 pm + Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6 pm + Saturdays 2-3 pm.

Level 2:

Foundation Boulderer: this level introduces bouldering tactics, warm-up, and cooldown exercises, and further develops climbing techniques, with participants demonstrating consistent safe behaviour. Level 2 takes an average of 12 weekly sessions to complete. Classes run Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 5-6 pm + Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm + Saturdays 3:30-4:30 pm.

Level 3:

Competent Boulderer: At this level, participants will take ownership of their own technical development while learning more complex techniques and exploring the history of the sport. Level 3 takes a minimum of 18 weekly sessions to complete. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 5-6 pm + Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm.

Level 4 :

Skilled Boulderer: this level introduces boulderers to different types of training sessions as well as bouldering competitions, and supports them to identify and set their own goals, and planning their own sessions. Level 4 takes a minimum of 30 weekly sessions to complete. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays & Saturdays  6:15-7:45 pm.

Level 5:

Performance Boulderer: with support from their coach, boulderers will develop their own performance profile and one-year training plan, focused on improving their performance.

Level 5 requires participation in three competitions, and a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Weekly sessions are encouraged but are optional at this level, as participants should be climbing independently and responsible for their own development. Assessment takes place after at least 12 months of purposeful training. We do not currently run Level 5 at Depot Manchester, please contact the centre for more information.


What does it cost?

Level 1-3:

£11 per child – 1-hour classes per week

There is an initial £9 registration fee to those new to the NICAS scheme. This covers the setup cost of a new participant, and as part of the registration fee, participants receive a logbook and folder.

Level 4:

£16 per child – 1.5-hour classes per week

There is an initial £6 registration fee for those new to Level 4

Level 5: 

£16 per child – 1.5-hour classes per week

There is an initial £6 registration fee for those new to Level 5


Registration forms must be completed prior to taking part in the sessions/classes. These can be completed online, via the links below. Under 18 waiver forms must be completed by a parent or legally appointed guardian for any child attending the class.


Bookings can be made online, over the phone, or in centre.

Schools And Other Groups

Any school group, scouts, guides or any other group can take part in the scheme.

We can create a package depending on how many participants there are, the level, and the number of sessions you would like to book.

To find out more, contact us on [email protected] or call Depot Manchester on: 0161 848 9495

See more of our Junior climbing sessions here.

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