Detail Standards #003 - Rev: 00

TitleSport Climbing Activity Supervisor
  1. This standard for teachers, physical training instructors, people in-charge of climbing gyms and anyone requiring to supervise group climbing activities on artificial climbing walls. 
  2. The course equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely supervise top-rope and lead climbing and bouldering sessions.  The course emphasis is on safety and organization. 
  3. The course does not qualify participants to conduct formal climbing courses. 
  1. Must have trained in the first aid
  2. Age min 18 years 
  3. Hold SEACS Level-2.
  4. Able to lead climb 5.7b routes

Trainee must demonstrate the following course requirements :

  1. Correct use of and the ability to discern any incorrect use of climbing equipment
  2. Have knowledge on safety practices in supervising:
    • Top-rope & lead climbing session including belayers;
    • Bouldering session with spotters and crash mats
  3. Have knowledge on managing groups, organizational and communication skills
  4. Understanding of risks associated with climbing and have knowledge on strategy to minimize risks
  5. Ability to set up anchor system for top-rope climbing
  6. Have knowledge on wall maintenance and route setting
  7. Safe equipment handling


Activity Supervisor Certificate valid for 3yrs; Must be accompanied by a valid first aid


  1. Roles and Responsibilities of a Sport Climbing Activity Supervisor
  2. Climbing Walls - types, checks, rules. 
  3. Climbing Equipment - types, use and maintenance: Ropes, Harnesses, Karabiners, Belay Devices, Slings, Helmets
  4. Top-rope Procedures - correct use as well as common mistakes made by beginner climbers: Wearing harness, Tie-in knot, Belaying, Climbing calls, Lowering, Group checks, Consistency among supervisors
  5. Anchor Set-up for Top-roping
  6. Planning a Top-rope or Bouldering Session
    1. Objective - to plan a well-run, safe, enjoyable & instructive session. 
    2. Factors to consider: Risk and risk minimization, Equipment, Belayers - sufficient and consistent, Venue, Routes, Length of session, Number of participants, Structure, First Aid Kit
  7. Managing a Top-rope or Bouldering Session
    1. Objective - to manage a well-run, safe, enjoyable and instructive session. 
    2. Important Factors to consider: Introductions, Clear communication - direction, explanations, setting ground rules, disclosure of risk and safety factors, Procedure for checking, Fun, Achieving, Learning, Supervising helpers, End of session debriefs
  8. Assessment - a practical assessment will take place at the end of the course.  The following areas will be assessed: 
    1. Climbing procedure
    2. Correct use and ability to discern incorrect use of harness, tie-in method, belaying, lowering, climbing calls. 
    3. Anchor set-up for top-rope climbing. 
    4. Understanding of equipment
    5. use, limitations and maintenance programme. 
    6. Planning, organizational and communication skills. 
    7. Managing risk whilst supervising a bouldering or top-rope session. 

Instructor/Trainee Ratio

  1. 1 instructor: 8 trainees or
  2. 1 instructor+1 trainee-instructor: 12 trainees

Instructor Qualification

SEACS Sport Climbing Instructor Cat 2


Climbing helmets must be used for all lead climbing sessions.

Effective Date2007-01-01
Ref.Southeast Asia Climbing Standards