Detail Standards #006 - Rev: 01

TitleSport Climbing Instructor Cat-1
  1. This course is designed to prepare participants to undertake a Sport Climbing Instructor certification assessment.
  2. The course teaches a range of skills necessary for the safe and effective conduct of SEACF approved, sport climbing courses.
  3. The course will also focus on the importance of achieving high instructional standards and consistency of instruction within the SEACS system
  1. Have valid first aid certificate,
  2. Age min 18 years
  3. SEACS Sport Climbing Level-3
  4. Able to lead climb 5.8 routes.

The participants will be given a written brief in their Training Progress Log Sheet of their performance, including their areas of strength and an indication of areas to work on prior to taking the certification assessment.


  • Instructor Certificate valid for 3 yrs;
  • Must be accompanied by a valid first aid


  1. Introduction to the course
    • Overview of the SEACF system
    • Roles and responsibilities of a climbing instructor
  2. Equipment session
    • Discussion session on climbing walls and equipment required for instructional purposes.
    • This will include equipment checks and logging, equipment limitations and introducing beginners to equipment. Participants will be expected to be familiar with a range of climbing equipment - the use of prussiks and/or ascenders will be introduced.
  3. Knots and rope-handling
    • A general discussion and practical session on a range of knots for use by instructors and knots for teaching.
  4. Climbing session
    • People presenting themselves for assessment will need to demonstrate an ability to lead a range of 5.10 routes on lead in a confident manner. On this training course it is recommended that participants be already at this level. This session will involve lead climbing on 5.10 routes, and participants will be critiqued on climbing skills, correct equipment usage, belay and lowering techniques and the use of climbing calls. This session will be followed by a general discussion.
  5.  Abseiling
    • Self protection systems
    • Anchors
  6. Overview of syllabi for Sport Climbing Level 1 and 2, and the Sport Climbing Activity Supervisor Courses.
    • Discussion of the various courses and the importance of course progression and standardization.
  7. Session on teaching skills
    • Session planning, including venues, routes and lesson structure.
    • Running effective sessions including: communication skills and demonstration skills.
    • Providing an appropriate and fun learning environment.
    • Managing people and risk.
    • This session will be followed by practical teaching demonstrations by participants and group feedback.
  8. Conducting specific instructional sessions
    • Discussion and practical session on running:
    • Bouldering
    • Top-roping
    • Lead climbing sessions
    • This session will involve participants giving teaching sessions, followed by group feedback.
  9. Instructor requirements
    • Participants will be taught specific skills, which are necessary for conducting an instructional sessions:
    • Setting up anchor systems
    • Abseiling systems for beginners
    • Prussiking
    • Escaping belay system
    • Feedback sessions
    • Supervising Trainee Instructors and Course Assistants
  10. Administration of courses
    • Assessment system
    • Course reports

Instructor/Trainee Ratio

  • 2 instructor: 20 trainees

Instructor Qualification

SEACS Sport Climbing Instructor Cat 2.

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