To keep everyone safe at Rainbow Rocket, we have some requirements for supervision and Under-18s.
This page explains all the steps Parents, Guardians and Under-18s must complete before they can climb.
Please do not arrive without understanding the following, as you may not be allowed to climb.
- Under 8 – We find children aged 8 and up can engage and enjoy climbing at the centre.
Be advised that the reach and height of the majority of climbs are not suited to children under 8.
Instead we recommend Clip and Climb, located around the corner from us.
- Inexperienced or Under 14 – you must be directly supervised at all times by an assessed Adult Bouldering Supervisor.
Step 4 explains the level of experienced required before assessment.
- Experienced 14-17 year old – you may climb unsupervised following successful completion of an assessment with a member of staff.
This must be booked in advance.
- Experienced Adult Climber – follow steps 1 to 4 below.
Step 1: Watch our Induction Video
Step 4: Assessment
Under 18 climbers can only climb under the direct supervision of an experienced adult who has completed the Bouldering Supervisor Assessment.
The bare minimum level of experience before attempting the assessment form is having one year’s regular bouldering experience at dedicated bouldering centres.
A maximum of 2 Under 18s may be supervised by an Adult Supervisor. A single under 8 can be supervised by an Adult Supervisor.
Adult supervisors cannot climb at the same time as their supervisees. Under 18s must be in view of the Adult Supervisor at all times.
This process is to ensure the safety of under-18s and all users of the climbing centre.
Adult Supervisor Assessment
This is a form which asks a series of questions related to climbing safety, good bouldering practice and helps us assess the competency of an experienced climber in becoming an Adult Supervisor.
No booking is required. However during busier times the Duty Manager may not be able to review this immediately.
We may need to observe while you supervise your junior.
Experienced 14-17 year old climbers
Climbers aged 14-17 may climb unsupervised following successful completion of an assessment with a member of staff.
Assessments must be booked in advance. They last around 20 minutes during which a Duty Manager will assess the climber’s competency to boulder unsupervised.
This involves a short form based on general climbing safety and good practice, followed by a short observation of the young climber on the wall by a member of staff.
The bare minimum level of experience before completing the assessment form is having at least one year’s regular bouldering experience.
There is a fee of £5 for the assessment per climber.
14-15 year old climbers: A parent / legal guardian must attend the assessment.
16-17 year old climbers: Parents are not required to attend the assessment.
We may call the parent / legal guardian to confirm their understanding / acceptance of the Conditions of Use and Rules.