Sport Climbing Level 2

Level 2 is a 2 day course where participants learn to “lead” climb. Lead climbing is as exciting as it is fun, and here at Onsight, we understand the importance of knowing how to fall, and knowing how to do a dynamic belay. And these 2 essential skills are best taught by instructors who actually climbs. OURS!


This course is designed as a follow on from the Sport Climbing Course Level 1. This course builds on the top-rope skills acquired from Level One and teaches a progression into lead climbing on artificial climbing walls. Participants on this course should be confident in all the techniques covered at Level One before undertaking this more advanced level course.


Introduction to Lead Climbing

  • Top-rope Climbing vs Lead Climbing
  • Placement of protection points
  • Understanding Fall Factor and Impact Force
  • Understanding the anchor system on artificial wall

Belaying a Lead Climber using friction devices

  • Giving slack & taking-in
  • Belaying stance
  • Arresting a climber’s fall
  • Dynamic Belaying
  • Rope handling & management

Knots (usage, limitation, dressing)

  • Double Figure of 8 knot
  • Tape knot

Equipment Required for Lead Climbing (usage, care, limitations)

  • Dynamic rope vs Static rope
  • Harness with gear loops
  • Quickdraws (Runners)
  • Slings / Tapes (safety slings, extension as Runners)
  • Friction devices – (Fig.8, Tubular)
  • Helmet

Lead Climbing & Techniques

  • Pre-climb checks
  • Clipping in techniques / prevention & undo “Z” clips
  • Runners’ placement/direction
  • Climbing on overhangs & roofs
  • Safe falling position
  • Climbing commands

Top-out Technique

Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements :

  • Confident with lead climbing on an easy route
  • Correct placement of protection points on a lead climb
  • Correct belaying of a lead climber using a friction device
  • Correct top-out technique on fixed anchor
  • Conduct proper pre-climb checks
  • Correct use of climbing calls
  • Safe equipment handling


Applicants must be at least 13 years of age
Sport Climbing Course Level One certificate.

Sport Climbing Level 2

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