Sport Climbing Level 3

Sport Climbing Level 3 introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely.


This course is designed as a follow on from the Sport Climbing Course Level 2 and Abseiling Level 1 or equivalent. This course builds on Lead Climbing Skills to advanced rope skills for safe anchor construction and rope management from suspended belay positions. Participants on this course should be confident in all the techniques covered at Level Two before undertaking this more advanced level course.


Lead Climbing

  • Artificial Climbing Walls vs Natural Rocks
  • Types of protection points
  • Multi-pitch climbing

Introducing Equipment for Multi-Pitch Climb (usage, care, limitation)

  • Dynamic ropes – Single/Half/Twin
  • Accessory Cords/Prusiks (various diameters)
  • Quickdraws
  • Slings (Runners) / Tapes (safety slings, extension as Runners, anchors)
  • Belay devices
  • Circular descending devices (e.g. Figure-of-8, Harpoon)
  • Planular descending devices (e.g. Sticht Plate)
  • Tubular descending devices (e.g. ATC)
  • In-Line adjustable devices (e.g. Rack)
  • Auto-locking descending devices (e.g. GriGri, Cinch, Stop)

Knots & Hitches (usage, limitation, dressing)

  • Double Figure of 8 knot with double bight
  • Friction knots (Standard/Classic, Klemheist, French)
  • Overhand knot
  • Clove Hitch
  • Italian Hitch (Munter)

Anchor System

  • Criteria for anchors
  • Types of anchors (Self-equalized, Isolated/Static, Rope anchors)

Multi-Pitch Climb

  • Leading & seconding - changeover
  • Setting up anchors (using slings/tapes, ropes)
  • Belaying (direct & indirect)
  • Pre-climb checks
  • Climbing commands
  • Safety considerations –anchors, fall factor, buddy check

Understanding risk involving multi-pitch climbing


  • Abseil with backup (auto-block)
  • Counter-balance abseil
  • Stack abseil

Ascending on ropes (prusiking)

Course Review

  • Suggestions for further advancement
  • General discussion and feedback

Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements

  • Setup anchor system for multi-pitch climb
  • Belaying a climber using both direct & indirect belay system
  • Lead climb changeover to abseil with backup
  • Ascending on ropes
  • 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 Two certificate or equivalent; and Abseil Proficiency Course Level One certificate or equivalent*

Sport Climbing Level 3

Time to get on the big wall.