Climbing Courses

Best for Beginners

Introductory Top Rope & Belay Course

The best way to get started at CityROCK is to do the Introductory Belay Course.

This will give you a good idea of what the sport is about and familiarise you with the equipment and how to use it.

You will also be given you a tour of the gym and shown the different areas and types of climbing available to you.

Pricing:
R250 per person

What you will learn:

  • Top rope climbing safety procedures
  • Figure 8 tie-in knot
  • Top rope belay skills
  • Auto-belay safety procedures
  • How to use the various climbing and fitness equipment
  • Basic climbing knowledge and technique

When:

Cape Town Times

Mondays and Thursdays:
6-7pm

Sundays:
3-4pm

Johannesburg Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
6:45pm – 8:30pm

Weekends:
1:45pm – 3:30pm

Pretoria Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
6:45pm – 8:30pm

Weekends:
1:45pm – 3:30pm

Includes:
Gear rental (shoes and harness), training from a certified climbing instructor and access to the climbing walls, gym and yoga classes after the course until close. Booking is required.

Who should take it:
All levels are welcome. Ages 13 and up.

Best for Beginners

Introductory Bouldering Course

If you’re keen to get into climbing without all the belaying, rope work and high walls! 

Pricing:
R250 per person

What you will learn:

  • Basic safety procedures
  • Falling and spotting technique
  • Boulder etiquette
  • Hold identification
  • Boulder grading explained

When:
This is a once off 1-hour session held on alternate Wednesdays 7-8pm (CPT) / First Wednesday of each month 6:45–7:45pm (JHB & PTA).

Includes:
Gear rental (shoes and harness). Free bouldering after the course. Use of the auto-belays.

Who should take it:
All levels are welcome. Ages 14 and up.

Note:
Bookings are limited. If you do not see a certain date it means that we are fully booked or the date has fallen on a public holiday.

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Beginner to expert

Technique Course

Polish up your climbing performance and gain confidence on the walls with a technique course where you are welcome to pick your instructor’s brain with all your burning questions!

Pricing:
R250 per person (includes gear & climbing for the day)

What you will learn:

  • Climbing technique tips and tricks
  • Safe falling and spotting
  • Optimal body positioning and hold use
  • Resting and route-reading
  • Warm-up and cool-down exercises

When:
6–7pm first Monday of every month

Includes:
Climbing shoe rental and free bouldering after the course.

Who should take it:
Climbers of all skill and experience levels are welcome and sure to learn something valuable!

Note:
Booking is required and participants must be 13 years or older.

Intermediate to Expert

Lead Climbing Course

Learn to clip your way to the top with this once-off 2 hour lead course.

Pricing:
R380 per person (10% OFF for CityROCK members)

What you will learn:

  • Lead belaying skills
  • Lead climbing techniques
  • Correct clipping of quick draws
  • Correct communication between climber and belayer

When:
Lead courses are available Wed 6-8pm and Saturday 3-5pm (CPT) and Monday – Friday by appointment (JHB & PTA)

Includes:
Gear rental (shoes and harness)
15% discount voucher off your lead gear (rope, carabiner & assisted-braking belay device) from the Gear Shop

Who should take it:
All levels are welcome. Ages 16 and up.

Course Requirements:
Booking is required and climbers must be 16 years or older.

In order to do the Lead Course you have passed the top rope belay test, as well as have your own gear (rope and assisted-braking belay device) and climbing partner.

Intermediate to Expert

Sport Route Anchor Cleaning Course

This course will teach you how to correctly and safely clean a sport route anchor.

Pricing:
Free for members. Regular day pass for non-members.

What you will need to bring:

  • Regular climbing gear (harness, shoes, and chalk bag)
  • Cleaning gear: quickdraws, slings, biners

When:
Course runs from 7-8pm on Wednesday evenings.

Booking is required.

Who should take it:
All levels are welcome. Ages 16 and up.

To book a lead cleaning course, email johannesburg@cityrock.co.za , capetown@cityrock.co.za or pretoria@cityrock.co.za

If you are interested in coaching, we have external approved coaching groups that are based at CityROCK:

Johannesburg based Coaches

Cape Town based Coaches