Unsupervised climbing

Unsupervised Climbing


Unsupervised climbing


We strongly advise all parents to download our general terms and conditions for the centre (Click here).  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation then please contact the centre.


• The minimum age for climbing at Boulder UK is 3 years old (ages 3-6 years old beginner’s area only)

• The minimum age for climbing in the main bouldering area is 8 years old.

• Only juniors who have been permitted by a member of staff can use specific training aids in the training area.


Ages 14 to 17 years old

Existing experience: may climb unsupervised upon successful completion of junior competency test*. Parental consent will also be required to climb without supervision. See our FAQ.

Little or no experience: will need to be accompanied by a registered supervising adult or have completed a ‘First Visit Induction’.


Ages 12 to 13 Years Old

Existing Experience: may climb unsupervised upon successful completion of a junior competency test* which also includes parental consent for juniors to climb without supervision. Such junior maybe members of Boulder UK Academy, GB Team Members or existing club members with a high level of competency.

Little or no experience: may only climb under the supervision of a centre instructor, registered supervising adult or registered external instructor.


Ages 3 to 13 Years Old

Children of this age must be supervised by a registered adult climber. The supervising adult must ensure that children are within their company at all times and that good practice and safe behaviour is demonstrated. Supervisors are not permitted to climb along side any guest under the age of 8 years old.


Alternatively, juniors of this age may join one our junior clubs under the safe supervision of a centre instructor where they can learn how to become a competent climber and work towards our junior awards scheme.



* The junior competency test is a written test that allows individuals to demonstrate their understanding of the centres conditions of use as well as their own skill level. A Boulder UK Staff member will assess the completed form and it is to their discretion to allow the junior to be able to climb unsupervised based on the answers given on the form. Occasionally, children may be asked to climb to assess their skill level.