Climbing and Abseiling for Schools

Climbing school trips in Dorset

Dorset is one of the best climbing destinations in the UK and the ideal place to try climbing or abseiling for the first time. During our school and youth residential trips students have the opportunity to scale new heights as they explore the Jurassic Coastline in a unique and hands on way. Our climbing and abseiling sessions take place at stunning coastal locations, including Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry. Nothing beats the thrill of climbing in this picturesque and rugged environment with spectacular views over the water below!

All of our climbing sessions are bespoke and tailored to meet the requirements of the individual group. This means that we’re able to offer programmes for complete beginners as well as groups who have some climbing experience. An appropriate destination will be chosen based on the needs of the group.

climbing cliff with sea views in dorset

 

What does climbing involve?

At the beginning of the session participants will be given a safety briefing and a thorough introduction to this outdoor adventure sport. Our team of highly qualified and experienced instructors will teach basic rock movements as well as rope safety and belaying. Participants will be required use their own initiative to search for natural hand and foot holds in the rock as they make their way to the summit.

 

Overcoming challenges

As is the case with all of our activities, we promote the challenge by choice ethos during climbing and abseiling sessions. Students can set their own personal challenge, whereby they choose the height to which they climb. A student will never be forced to do anything they’re not comfortable with. Young people are actively encouraged to push the boundaries of their comfort zone and to try to overcome their fears or worries in a safe and supportive environment. Many participants leave our climbing course bursting with pride and keen to share their accomplishments with their friends and families at home.

Adult climbing the cliffs at Dancing Ledge

 

Climbing & abseiling learning outcomes

As well as being a fun activity that’s guaranteed to put a smile on young peoples faces, climbing and abseiling provide the opportunity to build on skills such as confidence and communication. Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding activity that can fulfil a number of learning outcomes.

Responsibility

Every climber needs a belayer to keep the rope tight. Looking after each other on the ropes brings a strong sense of responsibility and develops trust amongst your team. Students are required to think about their own safety and well being as well as that of their peers. Climbing promotes shared sense responsibility and helps young people work together to reach a common goal.

Communication

Strong communication skills are key between climber and belayer. It’s essential to keep a running commentary so that you’re partner knows that you’re okay and whether there’s anything you need them to do. Belayers can help their climbing partner by recommending a suitable route up the cliff face and pointing out appropriate hand and foot holds they may have missed.

Environmental awareness & geography

Climbing courses take place on the world renowned Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site and area of great geological importance. Our sessions provide a real world learning environment, where students can experience the coastal environment in a hands on way. During the session they will see real life examples of how climate change is affecting the local area. They will also learn about natural and man-made rock formations and history of the Jurassic Coast.

Coordination

Climbing isn’t as easy as it looks and requires good levels of fitness. Students will have to fine tune their motor skills and rely on balance to successfully climb the rock. Climbing is a fun way to encourage young people to get active and have great fun whilst they’re doing it.

Stretch zone

The stretch zone lies just outside of your secure environment. We believe that by slowly expanding your comfort zone and becoming familiar with more things that it’s possible to push your boundaries and expand your personal goals and achievements.

Problem solving

Problem solving can be enjoyable, it allows students to work at their own pace and make decisions about the way they explore the problem. As young people navigate the cliff face they will be faced with a number of problems they must overcome, including choosing a route, manoeuvring over obstacles and finding suitable hand and foot holds. Sometimes the route they take may not work as expected, so they will need to handle this set back with confidence, reassess the situation, adapt and continue.

 

Health and safety

The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance. We adhere to strict guidelines and ensure students act responsibly whilst participating in this activity. Every student will be required to wear a helmet at all times and one of our instructors will ensure their harness is fitted correctly.