There are a range of courses, lectures, workshops and training opportunities that the BMC organises to bring the best value possible to its members.
The details below will give you a flavour of what is on offer and each has a link to another page which contains more details and booking information for the event.
Getting youths into the outdoors
The BMC has teamed up with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) to offer 1 day outdoor sessions in areas of England and Wales. These compliment the 2 day Rock Skills courses offered through Mountain Training.
Already leading at the wall and want to learn how to sport climb outside?. These courses are open to 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls and are designed to teach you what you need to know to safely climb bolted routes outside.
With our trad climbing courses for 11-17 year olds you can learn some key skills for climbing outside. The courses aim at giving young people the skills needed to progress to traditionally protected rock climbs.
For 11 to 17 year olds who have done quite a bit of climbing and wish to improve further there is also:
These courses are for 11-17 year olds who are leading indoors, F6b or harder and wish to gain outdoor sport skills and coaching guidance under the eye of Ian Dunn.
These courses are delivered through Mountain Training which is the collection of awarding bodies for skills courses and qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering in the UK and Ireland.
The Rock skills courses have 3 levels:
1. Rock skills Introduction (1 day course)
2. Rock skills itermediate (2 day course)
3. Rock skills learn to lead sport or Rock skills learn to lead trad
If you are wanting training for lead people on any outdoor activity in the UK then visit the Mountain Training website for the huge amount of skills and qualifications they offer.
The BMC Mountain Medicine Weekend offers climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and skiers the chance to receive first aid training from mountain medicine experts. Led by experienced holders of the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, workshops will focus on UK crag and hill, as well as high altitude first aid and medicine.
CPD points are available for members of MTA, AMI, BAIML and BMG. Please note this is not a first aid certification.
Club Member Training courses
The BMC Clubs Committee organises a series of training courses for BMC club members including courses such as first aid, climbing, winter skills or navigation. The courses are held at club huts and outdoor centres around the UK, and are run by experienced and qualified instructors. The costs of the courses are kept down due to a grant the BMC receives from Sport England.
This popular training event is aimed at experiencemembers affiliated clubs which accept novices and wish to support these members whilst they gain experience, develop skills, and become competent climbers, walkers and mountaineers in their own right.
The weekends will include theory sessions on the principles of teaching and learning skills in the outdoors, issues around duty of care, insurance implications and good practice all delivered by experts in their field. The majority of the weekends are spent on practical skills. There is a weekend that includes options for teaching climbing, hill walking, scrambling and navigation skills, and a weekend on practical winter skills.
This Seminar is a must if you're involved in running a student climbing, hill walking or mountaineering club. It gives university club members the opportunity to improve their club practices and ensure safer enjoyment of our cliffs and mountains. The weekend comprises a mixture of lectures, discussions and practical workshops.
Improve your skills
Ready to Rock courses are designed to help indoor climbers make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment. These are for people aged 18 or older.
Give your climbing a kick start with these Masterclasses, covering climbing movement skills: footwork precision, economy of movement and the utilisation of existing strengths.
The alpine season has a habit of creeping up on us and being here before we know it. Advance planning is the smart way to make your alpine dreams come true. Refresh your skills at a BMC Alpine Skills Lecture covering all things alpine with practical demos and audience participation.
Winter Skills Lectures
Are you a would-be winter warrior? Don't miss the BMC Winter Skills Lectures: the ideal way to get set for the season. These inspirational lectures are set to inspire any budding winter mountaineers out there and will cover the following topics: equipment and clothing; navigation; footwork; route planning; avalanche awareness; climbing and much more.
For anyone new to setting or who already sets at climbing walls, the workshop is appropriate for a wide range of people, including teachers who want to set problems to teach different techniques, coaches seeking to widen their skills and climbing wall staff. The do’s and don’ts of good route setting are discussed and how to set interesting climbs for young people is a key part of the day. The workshop is very practical in nature, with participants setting grade specific problems and traverses.
Coaches and Instructors
The BMC coach education workshops are aimed at anyone who is considering coaching climbing, or who already coaches or leads climbing sessions, indoors or outside. They also form part of Mountain Training's coaching award.
Whether you're a parent or youth worker, a full-time climbing coach, a SPA or CWA award holder or an MIA / MIC working out on our high mountain crags, or guiding in the Alps, these workshops will be useful to you. They will broaden your knowledge and provide valuable personal and professional development.
An introduction to the qualifications administered by Mountain Training for walking, climbing and mountaineering leaders, instructors and coaches.
Sometimes called Good Practice in Child Protection, this is an introductory course. It is free to BMC volunteers involved in youth events, youth competitions as well as Area Youth Co-ordinators and those who help with the Junior Teams. It is also free for those in BMC affiliated clubs who support activities involving under18s and it is especially helpful for Club Youth Officers and Welfare Officers.
Mountain Training’s aim is to educate and train people in walking, climbing and mountaineering. To make this a reality, they have developed a range of nationally-recognised mountain leadership, instruction and coaching awards, as well as skills courses.
Nestled deep in the heart of Snowdonia, Plas y Brenin has been running courses and holidays in outdoor activities, introducing newcomers to the outdoors, helping outdoor enthusiasts improve their outdoor skills and training outdoor instructors for over 60 years. Courses cover a wide range of activities including hill walking, rock climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, mountain biking, road cycling, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and first aid.
County Sports Partnerships
Local sport partnerships based in each county of England offering training for coaches/instructors and for club members. Courses include volunteer training, first aid, working with young people, child protection & safeguarding.
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