Sport Climbing Level 1


Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1. Our Level 1 stands out amongst other providers in that all our instructors are actively climbing. As such we are able to teach you the best practices that are actually more practical in real life, beyond what is required in the syllabus.


The purpose of this course is to give participants an enjoyable, safe and informative introduction to sport climbing. The course will be conducted over 7 hours (inclusive of 1 hour break). The course is designed for people with no prior knowledge of sport climbing. Participants will be introduced to: equipment, climbing techniques, belaying for top-roping and climbing calls.


Introduction to the Sport of Climbing

  • Development of climbing in Singapore
  • Concept of climbing
  • Sport climbing /Traditional climbing/Bouldering/Deep Water Solo
  • Lead / Top-rope

Introduction of Climbing Equipment (usage, care, limitation)

  • Ropes (Dynamic & Static)
  • Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Friction devices – (Fig.8 and Tubular)
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Chalk
  • Quickdraws (Runners), Sling/Tape

Tie-in Knot (usage, limitation, dressing)

  • Figure of Eight thread-through
Belaying Technique (5 steps belay) using friction devices

  • Belaying a climber
  • Lowering a climber
  • Belaying stance
  • Arresting a climber’s fall
  • Rope handling & management

Basic Climbing Technique

  • Use of handholds – pinch, grip, underhand, side pull, sloper, pocket
  • Use of footholds – edging, smearing
  • Basic wall configuration – corners, overhangs, slabs, roof

Top-rope Climbing

  • Pre-climb checks
  • Climbing commands
  • Spotting
  • Safety considerations – pendulums, falling on other people, rope placement, buddy check

Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements;

  • Correct harness usage
  • Correct tie-in technique using the figure-of-8 knot
  • Correct belay technique using a friction device
  • Correct use of climbing calls
  • Perform pre-climb checks


Applicant must be at least 13 years of age

Sport Climbing Level 1

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