The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to all candidates aged 8 and upwards.




Every week thousands of people climb indoors and outdoors on purpose-built artificial climbing walls. For many, the climbing wall is their first introduction to the absorbing world of climbing.

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme will provide the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their skills in order that they may gain the most out of their climbing as well as having their achievements recognised.

NICAS is also ideal in logging experience for GCSE P.E. or The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Ask at reception for more information on getting involved with NICAS at Dynamic Rock.

Level 1 & 2 - are completed during Young Climbers Club - due to COVID we are temporarily not running NICAS during YCC.

While things start to get back to our new normal we are running less NICAS sessions. Once we have the demand we will add more sessions to our schedule.

NICAS LEVEL 3 - Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30pm
NICAS LEVEL 4 - Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30pm
NICAS LEVEL 5 - Saturdays 4:00 - 5:30pm

These sessions are the same cost as before - 

1x session £12
3x sessions for £31

Booking is essential - this can be done via email or over the phone.

These sessions are ran outside of our current temporary opening hours, therefore, it will just be the classes in the building. No spectators are allowed in the building. Our aim is to keep visits to the centre as safe and as fun as possible, with your cooperation, this will can be achieved. Just like everywhere we now visit now there are going to be some changes. These changes are for your safety and our staffs' safety. Changes include - 

  • You must arrive for sessions 10 minutes early, once the session starts the centre will be locked.
  • There will be no other climbers in the building.
  • Social distancing will be practised.
  • No spectators will be allowed in the building.
  • All kit is quarantined for 72 hours after use, use of own personal kit is encouraged.
  • Please pick up your child from the rear of the centre where they will be exiting.
  • Climbing shoes are still included in these sessions, however, socks are now mandatory.

NICAS candidate? Click - Information for NICAS candidates


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