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New To Climbing? Start Here!
May Your Climbing Journey Commence
We welcome climbers of all abilities at The Tide Climbing Centre and have plenty of routes that are suitable for beginners. We're excited to welcome you for your first climbing experience and help you on the start of your journey within this sport.

Before you can start climbing, you'll need to register with us and fill out our Waiver Form. This can either be done as you arrive at the centre, or by following the link below. There's a short induction video you'll need to watch too, which outlines best practice for bouldering as well as general health and safety points to follow while at The Tide Climbing Centre.

Climbing shoes and chalk are available to hire at Reception, along with harnesses and belay devices if you're looking to give rope climbing a try! We also offer a range of inductions and taster sessions with our Instructors, to help climbers improve their skills and technique in both bouldering and rope climbing. Keep scrolling to find out more information about the taught sessions we offer at The Tide Climbing Centre.

Things You’ll Need for Your First Climbing Session

Once you’ve completed our Waiver Form you’re all set for your first visit to The Tide Climbing Centre. Here’s a quick overview of the things you’ll need for your first climbing session with us.

Parking directly outside The Tide Climbing Centre is free of charge. However, spaces are limited and during peak times you may need to use the overflow car park, which is pay and display. The machine accepts cash only, so remember to bring some change with you just in case.

Comfy Clothes

Climbing is a dynamic sport that exercises most muscle groups. The wide range of motion required by bouldering routes can be difficult to achieve in the wrong clothing. We recommend wearing comfortable sportswear for your first visit; clothes you’d typically wear to the gym like leggings, shorts and t shirts.

You might also like to bring along a warm layer, like a sweatshirt or hoodie, to keep you warm while you’re not climbing. The centre can get quite cold if you’re not actively moving, especially in winter.

Climbing Shoes

Climbing shoes are an absolute necessity if you’re coming to use our facilities. Fortunately these can be hired from Reception so you don’t have to bring your own. If you are hiring a pair of climbing shoes, please remember to bring some socks. We have shoes in all child and adult sizes, so we should be able to find the right fit for you.

 

We also stock Boreal shoes and our team are trained in how to fit them properly. So, once you’ve inevitably caught the climbing bug and are looking to purchase your first pair of shoes, be sure to browse the wide range we have to offer in both our in-centre and online shop!

 

Chalk

When you visit The Tide Climbing Centre, you may notice everyone carrying around bags of chalk. Chalk is an important tool for climbers, it absorbs the oil and sweat from your palms to improve grip and enable you to climb for longer. Climbing with chalked up hands will help prevent you slipping off holds too.

You can hire liquid chalk from Reception when you pick up your climbing shoes. When using liquid chalk, remember to wait until it’s fully dry before starting your climb. Apply a small amount from the bottle onto your finger tips and then rub it into your hands. You’ll predominantly be using your fingers to grab hand holds, so try and keep the chalk on this part of your hand to minimise waste!

Refreshments

Climbing is a great way to exercise your main muscle groups simultaneously. You’ll likely have worked up a sweat by the end of your session! Having refreshments on hand, like a bottle of water, will help keep you hydrated while you exercise. A water fountain is available to the side of our café should you need to refill during your session. Of course the café itself also serves a wide range of hot and cold beverages, as well as tasty paninis, pizzas and local sweet treats!

We look forward to welcoming you to your first climbing session with us very soon. Don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can see how you get on!

Taster Session
Due to COVID restrictions those 16 and under must be accompanied on taster sessions by an adult from their household.

Join one of our climbing taster sessions for a 90 minute taste of what the world of climbing is all about. This session is a great way to experience the thrill of climbing whilst having one of our experienced instructors on hand to maintain your safety.
Taster Session
Due to COVID restrictions those 16 and under must be accompanied on taster sessions by an adult from their household.

Join one of our climbing taster sessions for a 90 minute taste of what the world of climbing is all about. This session is a great way to experience the thrill of climbing whilst having one of our experienced instructors on hand to maintain your safety.
Bouldering Induction
Due to COVID restrictions our bouldering inductions are only for ages 18+. You will however become a supervising climber. After you complete an induction you will be able to sign in adults and juniors under your supervision.

Interested in bouldering but not sure where to start?
That's great, in this 40 minute session one of our instructors will give you a tour of the facilities, an introduction to safe use of our Bouldering facilities, and some hints and tips on making the best use of our centre.
Bouldering Induction
Due to COVID restrictions our bouldering inductions are only for ages 18+. You will however become a supervising climber. After you complete an induction you will be able to sign in adults and juniors under your supervision.

Interested in bouldering but not sure where to start?
That's great, in this 40 minute session one of our instructors will give you a tour of the facilities, an introduction to safe use of our Bouldering facilities, and some hints and tips on making the best use of our centre.
Learn the Ropes
Due to COVID these session are not currently available.

Got the bug for climbing and want to take it to the next level?
Well we have the answer, in our Learn the Ropes course you will learn the skills to look after yourself.
The course is composed of 3 X 2 hour sessions with one of our expert instructors over a three week period.
Learn the Ropes
Due to COVID these session are not currently available.

Got the bug for climbing and want to take it to the next level?
Well we have the answer, in our Learn the Ropes course you will learn the skills to look after yourself.
The course is composed of 3 X 2 hour sessions with one of our expert instructors over a three week period.