Under 18s are more than welcome at Rainbow Rocket.
This page explains everything U18s/Parents must do before they can climb. After registering, U18s and Supervising Adults must complete an additional form and assessment detailed below.
- Under 14 / inexperienced - you must be directly supervised at all times by an assessed Adult Bouldering Supervisor.
- Experienced Adult - follow steps 1-4 below.
- Experienced and 14-17 - you may climb unsupervised following successful completion of an assessment with a member of staff. This must be booked in advance.
- 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.
Step 1: Watch our Induction Video
Step 2: Read our Conditions of Use and Rules
We have a few rules that all climbers must follow while at our centre. Read them below.
Step 3: Register online
Complete our short registration form online for free, or register at the centre. This is required for all Adults and Under 18s.
Under 18 climbers can only climb under the direct supervision of an experienced adult who has completed our Bouldering Supervisor assessment. The bare minimum recommended level of experience before completing the assessment form is having done 5 indoor sessions or an induction tailored towards supervising Under 18s.
Up to 2 Under 18s may be supervised by each Bouldering Supervisor.
Adult Supervisor Assessment
Adult supervisors are required to fill out a Supervisor Assessment form at the centre. It is a short questionnaire, followed by a feedback session. The supervisor should be comfortable climbing and be aware of their children's safety.
No booking is required. However you may have to wait a short time for Duty Manager to be available to review your form. 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 questionnaire which can be filled out the centre or prior to your arrival, and a short observation of the young climber on the wall by a member of staff.
The bare minimum recommended level of experience before completing the assessment form is having done 5 indoor sessions.
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.