How to train novice members in your club - next steps advanced skills

Posted by Jane Thompson on 02/11/2020

This event will return in July 2021. Exact date TBC

Following on from the popular How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekends we are offering a weekend to help leaders and trainers move to the next stage by assisting them to deliver more advanced skills in scrambling and rock climbing.

Many clubs offer training sessions with experienced club members instructing or leading novice or less experienced members.  This may be on a formal basis at specific training meets or informally at any club meet, and whilst it is not necessary for club members to hold any formal qualifications in order to deliver training to other members within their club, some may wish to be better informed on current good practice.

This course is for those members who have previously attended a How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekend and wish to develop their skills in supporting other, less experienced, club members in more advanced scrambling, in sea-cliff climbing and in multi-pitch climbing.

There will be some classroom-based sessions, but the majority of the weekend will consist of practical sessions out on the hills and crags.

Taking place over the weekend of TBC July 2021, this weekend will be running alongside the long-standing How to Train Novice Members in your Club course.  Why not bring someone else from your club with you to attend the other course?

There is a choice of either a self-catering option in a bunkhouse on the main Plas y Brenin site, or full-board accommodation in en-suite twin rooms in the main house.  Both options provide accommodation on the Friday night & Saturday night.

The course fee includes your accommodation option as above, a three-course meal on the Saturday evening, all group kit, transport to the practical sessions venues and all instruction.

When booking your place you will need to choose which practical sessions you wish to participate in.  The choices are:

Saturday: Rock climbing, & Sunday: Multi-pitch rock climbing

Saturday: Rock climbing, & Sunday: Sea-cliff rock climbing

Saturday: Scrambling, & Sunday: Scrambling

The course will start on Saturday morning with everyone together in a classroom.



The content of the practical sessions will be tailored to the needs of the participants, but you can expect it to cover how to assess whether an individual is ready to progress to more advanced skills, planning the training, safety considerations, suitability of locations.

Those chosing climbing will look in more detail at skills including the differences in taking people climbing versus teaching peopl, climbing in series and climbing in parallel, protecting an abseil, and escaping a route / getting off the crag.

Those chosing scrambling will lookin more detail at skills including the step from emergency rope work to planned rope work, using helmets and harnesses, working in pairs, and lead climbing versus short roping.

The practical sessions will all be delivered by highly trained and experienced instructors from Plas y Brenin.




  • Will be a member of a BMC-affiliated club
  • Have previously attended a BMC How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekend at Plas y Brenin


  • Should have spent time looking after novices climbing outside
  • Should be an active rock climber
  • Confident at building belays
  • Confident at setting up abseils
  • Have done at least 30 multi pitch climbs
  • Have been climbing on sea cliffs


  • Should have spent time looking after novices walking and grade 1 scrambling
  • Should be an active scrambler
  • Have done at least 20 graded scrambles, some at grade 2 or 3


Booking for 2021 are not yet open


There are two fee options, depending on your accommodation choice.

  • Full board basis in a shared ensuite twin-room £145
  • Self-catering basis in the bunkhouse £95

All participants will receive accommodation as chosen, evening meal on the Saturday night, all instruction, and group equipment.  These rates are valid until the end of May, after which the rates will increases to £170 and £120 respectively.

These rates are significantly subsidised through a grant the BMC receives from Sport England - the full rate would be £300- £350

NB You must be a current member of a BMC-affiliated club to attend this course

NB It is expected that all participants are competent in the skills appropriate to the practical session options that they have chosen as per the pre-requisites listed above.


If training novices in the winter is more your thing then check out the course covering winter skills

If you need to attend the initial course covering walking, single-pitch climbing and basic scrambling then click here


If you are a novice or just want to improve your personal skills check out our training courses delivered in partnership with the AMI, our Ready to Rock courses (for those moving from indoor to outdoor climbing), and our First Aid and Improvised Rescue courses

If you a committee member for a student club then check out the annual Student Club Safety Seminar that runs in the autumn at Plas y Brenin.


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Please note

Places on this course are not guaranteed until payment has been received.

Cancellations within 14 days of the course starting will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellations 15-28 days prior to the course starting will get a 50% refund.

Cancellations more than 28 days prior to the course starting get a full refund.

In case of cancellation we can sometimes transfer your booking to another course if you wish and there is space.

If the course is cancelled by the BMC a full refund will be offered or the option to transfer your booking on to another course, whichever you prefer.

Further details


For queries about this programme contact Jane Thompson via email or phone: / 07885 910606

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