Conditions of Use

Conditions of Use of Dynamic Rock
Risk and Duty of Care


Risks - BMC Participation statement
"The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement".


Although the climbing centre is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin or break and the same applies to volumes.
Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practice there may still be a risk of an accident and/or injury. It is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.
Our Duty of Care - The rules of the climbing centre set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we, as operators, owe to you, the customer, by law. As such they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them, then a staff member must politely ask you to leave. Management reserve the right at any point to ban customers for any length of time for not abiding by the rules and/or the conditions of use.
Your Duty of Care - You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other.
Bouldering
Bouldering - The soft flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for controlled falls from the bouldering wall. THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.
Climbing beyond your capabilities on any wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb.
Unsupervised Bouldering - All members that register for bouldering are required to read all of the terms and conditions and rules of the climbing centre and specifically the rules and hazards of the Bouldering Room.
All boulderers must understand and accept the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) participation statement stated at the top of the terms and conditions.
Applicants wishing to register for unsupervised bouldering must be 18 years or over. Applicants will only climb within the bouldering room and not climb on any of the walls in the main area, including roped climbing, unless signed in as a supervised climber by a competent unsupervised member. The applicant must be familiar with safe bouldering techniques including climbing within their limits and descending by down-climbing, jumping or at the very least a controlled fall. When walking through the main room to access the storage are they must not enter the belaying zone denoted by the white lines. The applicant must agree to not leave any belongings on the bouldering room floor and to not block the fire exist.
Rules and Hazards of the Bouldering Room : -
• Be cautious of the change in level while entering the bouldering room and the joins in the mats could become trip hazards.
• Watch out for climbers immediately to the left when entering the room, enter into the middle of the room.
• When you climb up you must then climb down.
• Jumping off the wall is not recommended as it increases the risk of you getting injured.
• Don’t climb above or underneath anyone.
• There is a blind spot under the archway - check when passing for climber’s above by using the mirror above fire exit.
• Feature cracks have potential for jammed limbs be careful when using these features.
• Spinning holds may occur if so notify member of staff
• No food, drinks, bags etc are allowed in the bouldering room.
• Grades are displayed in the Bouldering Room and correct use of the campus board is also displayed.
Supervised Bouldering - anyone over the age of 18 must register to use the bouldering room, anyone under the age of 18 who is not competency tested must register as a supervised junior to be supervised by an unsupervised member and the under 18 year olds parent(s)/guardian(s) consent has been given and they are aware of the risks and dangers involved.
As a adult unsupervised bouldering member, supervising an supervised member you:
• are taking full responsibility for their safety and behaviour at all times within the climbing centre regardless of their level of experience.
• must make them aware of the dangers involved, draw their attention to the conditions of use and rules, and make sure they adhere to them.
• should be capable and willing to take responsibility for them, supervise them at all times and provide full instruction for them in the following areas: down climbing from the top of the wall, hazards of spinning holds, importance of spatial awareness, proper use of spotting and any other climbing or safety techniques required to ensure their safety and the safety of others around them.
• should ensure that inexperienced boulderers are directly supervised at all times when using the bouldering room.
• should not be receiving financial reward for doing so either directly or as part of your job. Nor should you be doing so as a volunteer leader with an organised group. To bring any number of people in, in these circumstances requires you to be a qualified instructor registered with us and should be booked in advance.

All climbers must understand and accept the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) participation statement:
“The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
Climbing
Unsupervised Climbing - Before you climb without supervision the centre expects you to be competent in the use of a safety harness, to be able to use a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and can competently use a belay device to secure a falling climber or lower a climber from the wall using a rope. You are required to register and certify that you know how to use the equipment, that you are prepared to abide by the rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who has not registered is classed as a novice and must not climb without supervision. On registration you will be ask to prove your competence by showing one or more of the following techniques; attach yourself using an appropriate knot, fitting a sit harness, show the correct technique for belaying.
Unsupervised climbing is just that staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of equipment or climbing techniques will only be provided where it has been booked and paid for in advance. If you are not confident in the use of any climbing equipment or techniques then do not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.
Supervised Climbing - An adult who has registered at the centre as unsupervised may supervise up to two novice climbers per day as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those guests. Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by a qualified instructor holding the relevant Mountain Training qualification ask reception for relevant qualifications needed to run a session. Anyone who is a novice climber must be under the supervision of either; a competent registered member, a registered instructor or a Dynamic Rock staff member.
If you are signing in an over 18 year old who is registered as a supervised climber as they cannot belay you, there is no charge for you to just belay your supervised guest. We strongly advise that if your guests want to learn to belay they book onto our introduction to climbing course. This is because all our courses are run by qualified instructors who follow best practice within the industry.


As a registered unsupervised member signing in a guest who has registered for supervised climbing you and your supervised climber agree to follow the ABC (Association of British Climbing Walls) Standard of Supervision guidelines. These are as follows:


Novices (guests) must not belay without on the ground supervision by their supervisor (registered unsupervised member) backing up the brake rope.
A novice climber is any user unable to satisfy the minimum requirements set by the centre (requirements needed to registered).
This may be because they are not experienced enough or don’t meet age requirements.
As the supervised climber of a unsupervised competent member of this climbing wall you:-
• will be under the supervision of that member at all times.
• should be aware that climbing is a potentially dangerous sport and have read and understood the BMC participation statement above.
• should read and adhere to the conditions of use and rules.
• must follow any instructions given to you by the member signing you in. If you are unsure about anything you are asked to do you must ask for clarification before proceeding. Incorrect use of the equipment could lead to the injury or death of yourself or others.
• should understand that the soft matting under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling from the bouldering wall. THE SOFT MATTING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.
The age requirements for Dynamic rock are as follows:
• To register as a supervised junior and to be signed in as a guest – 5+
• To register as a supervised junior and take part in our instructed sessions – 7+
• To be competency signed off for top roping and bouldering – 14-15yrs
• To be competency signed off for lead climbing, top roping and bouldering – 16-17yrs
Children – All children in the centre must register as a supervised junior and be supervised by a registered competent unsupervised adult unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing (age 14 +).
The minimum age for children to be supervised by their parent/guardian (parent(s) must be registered as a supervised member) is 5 years old.
No Children are allowed downstairs unless registered as a supervised junior and signed in by an supervising member, or on a session led by Dynamic Rock instructors.
Unsupervised Climbing for 14-15 yrs olds -
You will not be allowed to register to climb unsupervised at the centre until: -
• You have completed the Competence Assessment successfully.
• Your parent/guardian has completed the Parent/guardian consent section of the form.
• Your parent/guardian has completed a visit to the climbing centre.
• You have read and understood the Conditions of Use and Rules of the climbing centre.
• You have read and understood the Important Information for Parents, Guardians and Young Climbers.
Any climbers that are aged 14 -15 years may only be registered to top-rope and boulder unsupervised, they must not Lead or Lead Belay for another climber. If they would like to lead or lead belay they must be signed in by a member over the age of 18 yrs.
The Competence Assessment is not an assessment of your climbing ability, it is aimed at your safety whilst climbing and using the centre.
All unsupervised climbers aged between 14-15 will not only follow the terms above but sign to agree to the BMC participation statement and sign to agree to the conditions stated though-out this document.
 Unsupervised Climbing for 16-17 yrs olds -
You will not be allowed to register to climb unsupervised at the centre until:
• You have completed the Competence Assessment successfully.
• Your parent/guardian has completed the Parent/guardian consent section of the form.
• Your parent/guardian has completed a visit to the climbing centre.
• You have read and understood the Conditions of Use and Rules of Dynamic Rock climbing centre.
• You have read and understood the Important Information for Parents, Guardians and Young Climbers.
• Any climbers that are aged 16-17 can register to lead climb, top-rope and boulder unsupervised. They cannot sign in any guests into the centre until a full register member and over the age of 18.
• The Competence Assessment is not an assessment of your climbing ability, it is aimed at your safety whilst climbing and using the centre.
• All unsupervised climbers aged between 16 - 17 will not only follow the terms above but sign to agree to the BMC participation statement and sign to agree to the conditions stated though-out this document.

Rules of Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre
General Safety
• All climbers need to report to reception on each visit before you climb/boulder.
• It is your duty to keep us up to date with any changes to your personal details.
• Dynamic Rock is alcohol and drug free. Any customer found to be consuming or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked by management to leave the premises immediately. Persons who are suspected of consuming or under the influence of alcohol or drugs may also be ask to leave.
• Dynamic Rock has a strictly no smoking policy this includes vaporisers.
• If you are involved in an incident or accident, or if you witness one, please ensure that it is reported to a member of our team as soon as possible.
• Aggressive or abusive behaviour towards any staff members or other customers will be recorded and could lead to a ban from the premises. Management reserve the right at any point to ban customers for any length of time.
• Dynamic rock does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to individual property brought into the centre.
• For your safety and security, we operate CCTV throughout the centre and outside for our sole use.
• You must exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times.
• Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
• Be aware of spinning holds, they may suddenly spin and cause you to fall. If you discover a spinning hold, please report it to a member of staff immediately.
• Be aware of the other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
• Do not distract people while they are climbing or belaying.
• Never stand directly under someone who is climbing.
• Use storage boxes provided for bags and drinks.
• Dynamic Rock has absolute discretion to stop any customers using any item of equipment if a member of staff deems it to be unsafe.
• Jewellery should be removed before taking part in any activity.
• Dynamic Rock climbing centre is not a suitable environment for running around, please walk through and around the centre at all times, this includes the cafe, reception, stairs, car park, bouldering room and main climbing area and all other areas of the climbing centre.
• Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre aims to create a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for people to come in and enjoy the facilities, anyone who is deemed to be creating the opposite for any customers of staff members, their actions will be recorded and acted upon if necessary.
• Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre does not accept any responsability for children while they are not on a Dynamic Rock Instructed session within the centre. If you wish to leave the building while your child (under 18) is on a Dynamic Rock Instructed session it is up to the responsible parent or guardian to make sure that their emercency contact details are kept up to date. We ask that all parents or guardians are ready and inside the building to pick up their children at least 10 minutes before the activity is due to end.
Top Roping
• Many of the climbs in the centre have top ropes already in place. Do not take the top ropes down.
• Do not belay from inside the white line, stay between the white line and the climbing wall.
• Always use a sandbag if belaying a heavier person.
• Climb on the line which the top rope is connected too to prevent a pendulum effect when falling
• Don’t belay directly behind the climber on the overhang as they will swing and hit you if they fall low down.
• Be vigilant when top roping next to a leader climber give them enough space to fall into.
• By registering with us you accept that sometimes some lines may be closed for routine maintenance, route setting purposes or events.
• If a member of staff witnesses dangerous practice while you are climbing or belaying we will ask you to stop immediately and this will be logged and monitored during your visits.
Leading
• When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated dynamic rope. Do not use the centre’s top ropes for lead climbing.
• Running belay attachments (runners) are already provided at intervals on the lead walls so you do not need your own ‘quick draws’. You must clip all the runners on the route you are climbing.
• Do not use your own ‘quick draws’ to lead the top rope walls.
• If a member of staff witnesses dangerous practice while you are lead climbing or belaying we will ask you to stop immediately and this will be logged and monitored during your visits.
When Belaying
• Always use a belay device attached to your safety harness with a locking karabiner. ‘Traditional’, or ‘body’ belaying is not acceptable.
• Sandbags are provided to give support to people belaying a climber who is much heavier than they are. Direct belays from the sandbags are not acceptable.
• Always pay attention to what the climber is doing and communicate with you climbing partner.
• Always stand as close to the climbing wall when belaying. Sitting or lying down is not acceptable.
• Ensure you are ready for a fall any time you are belaying. Indoor climbing frequently results in falls for a variety of reasons. There are lots of safety measures in place to make falling safe. Despite all of these, any fall may result in an injury. By climbing at Dynamic Rock you accept this risk.
 When Climbing
• The tall walls in the main hall are designed to be climbed using a rope for protection. Solo climbing is not acceptable on these walls. Always use a rope to protect yourself on these climbs.
• Always use an appropriate safety harness to attach yourself to the rope.
• Always tie the rope directly into the harness using a suitable climbing knot. Clipping in with a karabiner is not acceptable.
Bouldering
• Always climb within your capabilities and descend by down climbing or at the very least, a controlled fall.
• Never climb directly above or below another climber.
• Be cautious of the arch in the Bouldering Room as people may be bouldering out of your sight, use the mirror above the fire escape to spot any others climbers in the Bouldering Room. 

Rules of the Bouldering Room
• No Food or Drink is allowed in the bouldering room.
• No Liquid Chalk inside the Bouldering Room it can be applied outside the bouldering area but it cannot be taken into the Bouldering Room.
• Do not block the fire exit or open the fire escape unless it is an emergency of advised to by a member of staff.
• It is deemed inappropriate to remove your top while using the centre this applies to males and females.
• Keep brushing holds to a minimum.
• No Loose chalk.
• Avoid over training on campus and hang board as injuries can occur.
• All the activity areas have soft matting on the floor. This flooring is designed to make landing more comfortable and reduce the severity of any accident. It does not make climbing any safer.
• Acrobatics, gymnastics, jumping and rolling are not prohibited in Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre

BMC Participation statement
"The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement".

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