If you have a child under the age of 18, there are a number of ways they can climb at VauxWall.
If you or your child has never climbed before, booking a session with one of our instructors is the best way to get climbing. You can view availability and book online here. Please note that instructed sessions are for children who are six years old and up.
Parents Supervising Children
If your child wants to climb within our centre without an instructor, they MUST be supervised by an adult who has passed our Bouldering Supervisor Assessment. This assessment can only be done at reception and by an adult who is an experienced climber. If signed off by our staff, you can then supervise up to a maximum of two children at any one time at all of our bouldering walls in London.
Have a read of the questions you will be asked during your assessment here.
I can’t answer the questions as I’ve never climbed before, but would like to learn to supervise my children. What can I do?
As an adult with no climbing experience, you can book an instructed session that will teach you everything you need to know to get you climbing. You will also learn the necessary skills and knowledge to look after your children within the centre. You can even have your child (only if 6yrs and older) climb with you on the session.
My child is under six years old. What can I do?
You can still bring them climbing but not on the instructed session. Once you’ve passed the Bouldering Supervisor Assessment, you will be able to supervise them at all of our bouldering walls in London.
Unsupervised Young Adults
My child is under over 14 years old but not yet 18. What can they do?
If your child is an experienced climber, they can take the Unsupervised Junior Assessment. If signed off by our staff, they can then climb unsupervised at all of our bouldering walls in London.
Children aged 14 and 15 must be accompanied to the centre by an adult to be signed off as an independent climber. Children aged 16 and 17 may bring a completed copy of the assessment to the centre provided that it has been signed by their parent or legal guardian. (We reserve the right to call you to verify consent.) For all ages, a parent or legal guardian must fill out the registration form on behalf of the child.
If your child is not an experienced climber, you can book an instructed session that will teach them everything they need to know to get into climbing. They will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to climb safely within the centre and can then take our Unsupervised Junior Assessment to be able to climb without an adult present.
If the child is 14 or 15, then an adult must be present for the first 20 minutes of the session to understand the risks involved in bouldering. If the child is 16 or 17, then the child does not need a parent present. For all ages, a parent or legal guardian must fill out the registration form on behalf of the child before the start of the session.