Detail Standards #004 - Rev: 00

TitleSport Climbing Level-3

This course introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely.


  1. At least 16 years old. 
  2. Must have a certificate:
    • Sport Climbing Level-2
    • Abseiling Level 1 or equivalent
    • This course builds on the basic skills learned in these courses, hence, the trainees should be familiar and confident with these basic skills before undertaking this course

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements before being award Sports Climbing Course Level 3 (SEACF Level 3) Certificate:

  1. Setup anchor system for multi-pitch climb
  2. Belaying a climber using both direct & indirect belay system
  3. Lead climb changeover to abseil with backup
  4. Ascending on ropes
  5. Conduct proper pre-climb checks
  6. Correct use of climbing calls
  7. Safe equipment handling


  1. Lead Climbing
    • Artificial Climbing Walls vs Natural Rocks
    • Types of protection points
    • Multi-pitch climbing
  2. 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. Stich Plate)
    • Tubular descending devices (e.g. ATC)
    • In-Line adjustable devices (e.g. Rack)
    • Auto-locking descending devices (e.g. Gri Gri, Cinch, Stop)
  3. Knots & Hitches (usage, limitation, dressing)
    • Double Figure of 8 knots with double bight
    • Friction knots (Standard/Classic, Klemheist, French)
    • Overhand knot
    • Clove Hitch
    • Italian Hitch (Munter)
  4. Anchor System
    • Criteria for anchors
    • Types of anchors (Self-equalized, Isolated/Static, Rope anchors)
  5. 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
  6. Understanding risk involving multi-pitch climbing
  7. Abseil
    • Abseil with backup (auto-block)
    • Counter-balance abseil
    • Stack abseil
  8. Ascending on ropes (prusiking)

Note: wearing of helmet is recommended when engaging in a lead climbing session

Instructor/Trainee Ratio

  1. 1 instructor : 4 trainees or
  2. 1 instructor + 1 climbing assistant/trainee-instructor: 8 trainees

Instructor Qualification:

SEACS Sport Climbing Instructor Cat 2

Effective Date2017-01-01