Skip Navigation
lil bub not teaching

Belay Training

Overview

Our belay program exists to provide patrons with an opportunity to learn the proper techniques required to safely belay at the climbing wall.  By doing this we create a community of climbers who are able to belay each other independent of the climbing wall staff. 

Belay Program Progression

Patrons come to climb.
Each participant is allowed to climb without a belay orientation for two weeks.  This gives them a chance to see if climbing is something they may wish to pursue.  It also keeps the wall staff free to monitor the whole wall instead of constantly belaying.  After their trial climb, patrons are required to take a belay clinic.  If the patron happens to already know how to belay proficiently they can take our belay test to show proof knowledge of proper skills.

Sign up for a belay clinic.
Belay Orientations are offered at request of participants and will be instructed by a Professional Staff member of the climbing wall.  Orientations are given outside of rock wall operating hours.  contact Jefferson Defago at defagoj@apsu.edu.

Belay clinic
Each belay clinic will be taught by a Professional Climbing Staff member who has thorough knowledge of belaying and the equipment involved.  The clinic will last 1 to 2 hours, enabling the participants to learn all necessary information as well as have proper time to apply and practice these new skills.  Participants will be taught how to put on a climbing harness, tie the figure 8 follow-through knot, how to set up and use the Gri-Gri, correct belay technique, and miscellaneous information about climbing in general.  They will also learn the policies and procedures of the climbing wall.

Belay test
After taking a clinic, participants may take their belay test the next day.  They have up to one week to take their belay test.  All wall staff can administer the belay test.  They reserve the right to make the ultimate decision on whether the person passes or fails this test. In order to pass the test a participant must be able to correctly tie into the rope, correctly set up the belay equipment, exhibit correct belay technique, and demonstrate proper boulder spotting.  They must also show a certain degree of awareness regarding their climbing partner’s status throughout the belay process.  After this process the staff member administering the test has the final call on whether the person passes. If a person fails the test they are given two options; re-take the test after a 24 hour period or participate in a belay orientation class to refresh any skills they need practice on.