BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing 1

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 13/01/2012
Credit: Ray Wood

For all climbing coaches, this workshop is delivered by the BMC, Plas y Brenin, Mountaineering Ireland and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. This workshop forms part of the training pathway for Mountain Training's Assistant Climbing Coach award.

The FUNdamentals has a proven track record over the last 10 years of providing way in excess of 500 grass roots aspiring coaches, instructors and climbers with the skills to improve how to teach coaching movement to young people.  It’s success is in it’s simplicity.  You can’t fail but take something away to apply to your job.

The FUNdamentals is stage one of the Long Term Participant Development (LTPD) model, which has been applied to many sports and refers to the optimal training opportunities within a child’s development.  FUNdamentals 1 not only looks at the fundamental sport specific skills of climbing but also focuses on how to develop the wider skills of agility, balance and co-ordination.

The learning outcomes for the Fundamentals 1 day are that you will be able to:

  1. Describe the essential principles of the LTPD model
  2. Demonstrate and explain basic coaching pedagogy
  3. Structure an appropriate warm up
  4. Explain, demonstrate and evaluate key climbing movement principles
  5. Identify and apply appropriate activities to develop the FUNdamentals of climbing movement

Please note you will need the following equipment on the day; harness, belay device, climbing shoes. Tablets and smartphones may be useful for notes and filming purposes.

Guidance notes for the FUNdamentals 1, 2 & 3 workshops

Workshop descriptor for the FUNdamentals 1, 2 & 3 workshops

FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop programme

Dates for BMC workshops

Watch FUNdamentals 1 & 2 workshops on BMC TV:


Courses for indoor climbers making their first moves onto rock

Who are they for?

These courses are ideal for novice climbing club members, students, parents and individuals who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and wish to gain key safety skills at an excellent price. They may also be a good precursor for people contemplating the Single Pitch Award training. You should already know how to put on a harness and belay. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.

Under 18?: Check out our rock climbing courses for climbers aged 11-17 

What do the courses cover?

A variety of topics will be covered during the day as well as offering a fun taster to outdoor climbing. Topics may include:

  • Types of trad climbing equipment
  • Placing good protection
  • Building good belays
  • Using guidebooks
  • Seconding/top roping 

FIND OUT MORE: Ready to Rock Courses 2022

FIND OUT MORE: Women Ready To Rock Courses 2022

FIND OUT MORE: Outdoor Sport Climbing Courses for 11-17 year olds

FIND OUT MORE: Outdoor Trad Courses for 11-17 year olds


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