Training Essentials: skills training courses for BMC members

Posted by Mariella Sullivan on 01/04/2021

Up-skill with Training Essentials, the skills-training programme for BMC members.

The courses, put together by the BMC and the AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in scrambling, climbing and navigation, to gain confidence and independence whether scaling a mountain or hitting the crags.

With a variety of courses, venues, dates and high-quality, BMC approved instructors, Training Essentials brings courses closer to members at an accessible cost of between £50 and £60 per day.

Ratios are kept low on these courses so that they can be tailored to the abilities and aspirations of the participants, taking in to account conditions on the day of the course.

Please note that some of these courses have a minimum experience/skill level requirement. This is to ensure that all participants can get a great experience whilst staying safe.

There are 8 one-day courses running on weekends throughout the year.

Intro to navigation

Next steps navigation

Intro to scrambling (not using ropes)

Next steps scrambling

Intro to trad leading skills

Improving your trad leading skills

Intro to sport leading skills

Skills for traditional climbing on sea cliffs

For any further enquiries about this programme please contact

There are many other courses available to club members, see the full selection here.

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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