Skills training for club members

Posted by Jane Thompson on 17/03/2014
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As a BMC club member, there are various ways in which you can learn new skills to help you to develop your climbing, walking and mountaineering. This article provides you links to the various courses and events that the BMC organises.

Active Outdoors

A programme of subsidised courses in rock climbing, walking, scrambling and winter hill walking to help you to take those first steps in to a new activity.

Club Workshops

A programme of subsidised courses specifically designed for BMC club members in areas such as outdoors first aid, navigation, self-rescue for climbers, and winter skills

Movement Skills Masterclasses

Run in the spring at a variety of climbing walls across the country the masterclasses will improve your footwork precision, economy of movement and the utilisation of existing strengths.

Alpine Lecture Series & Winter Lecture Series

A series of inspirational lectures set to inspire any budding winter mountaineers or alpinists.

Fundamentals

Aimed at anyone who coaches or leads climbing sessions, indoors or outside these workshops will broaden your knowledge and provide valuable personal and professional development.

Student Seminar

The annual BMC Student Safety and Good Practice Seminar gives those involved in running a student climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club the opportunity to improve their club practices and ensure safer enjoyment of our cliffs and mountains.

BMC Grants for Clubs

The BMC offers an annual grants scheme for clubs to provide an instructor to deliver a training course for their members.  Check to see if you club is going to be offering such a course

Get into Climbing

With lots of information about indoor climbing, outdoor climbing and bouldering this is the essential publication to help new climbers learn the art of climbing.

Area Meetings

Many area meetings have a programme of talks associated with them or other training opportunities.  Check out what’s on in your local area on the BMC Community Site.

Climb Outdoors

If you want to take your first steps from the indoor climbing wall out to rock then this is the page to read.

BMC TV

There are many skills videos on BMC TV that will help you progress, whether refining your crack climbing skills, learning how to tie a rope to your harness or a self-arrest with an ice axe.

Festivals / Crag clean ups

The BMC runs a variety of festivals throughout the year to help people to experience new venues for climbing and walking.  These are often organised by local volunteers who know their local crags and hills mountains really well and enjoy giving advice on the best routes to take.

Crag clean ups are also often organised by local volunteers with support from BMC Officers.  Don’t worry if you’ve never done one before – there’ll always be someone to show you what to do.

Mountain Training

If you want to develop your skills and become an instructor then check out the courses on the Mountain Training website.  If you are going to use your new qualification to help out people in your club then check out to see if there is any funding that you may be able to access to pay some of the course costs.

There are lots of other providers who can deliver training on a one-to-one or larger group basis too – check out to see if they offer deals for BMC members.


AFFILIATE YOUR CLUB WITH THE BMC

The BMC benefits climbing, mountaineering and hill walking clubs across the UK. Club members can benefit from:

  • Access to BMC Travel Insurance
  • Register for Mountain Training award schemes
  • £10m worldwide Combined Liability insurance
  • Retail discounts

Find out more about BMC club membership benefits

The only cost for affiliation to the BMC is the individual payments for each member, there is no additional ‘club fee’. For 2017 the BMC fees for each Club Member are: Adult - £13.25 Student - £9.75 Under 18’s - £8.00

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