As part of their Active Leisure Studies, Outdoor Pursuits Course,  our Leaving Cert Applied students are working towards their NICAS Level 1 & 2 Climbing awards which are as follows:

Level 1. New Climber
An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

Level 2. Foundation Climber
Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

NICAS is a “climbing” award which involves climbing with ropes and harnesses. This is usually done with two people, one climbing, and one holding the rope and lowering the climber (the belayer).Belaying techniques are a key part of NICAS.

The Aims of NICAS Awards

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately
  • to develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and future challenges
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

We are two weeks into the programme and we are delighted with our students progresss.