Safety

Climbing is a potentially dangerous activity, and has inherent risks and hazards. A variety of knowledge, skills and techniques are required to reduce safety risks in our school.

Experience of our Coaches

All of our coaches have at least five years of climbing experience. All coaches except for Kate Vorotnikova are students of Aleksey Shuruyev (founder of the school) and learned all the same teaching techniques and safety requirements. All coaches are CPR certified.

Responsible Teaching and Structuring

We teach our students how to belay each other using all modern belay devices such Gri-gri and ATC. All students learn belaying techniques under close coach supervision until they show consistent and solid skills. Our decisions to let a student belay independently is not based on the age of the student, but on his/her skills and level of responsibility. The ratio of students per coach is 5 to1 at our indoor classes. At our outdoor climbing camp, the ratio is 8-10 coaches per 20-25 students. This ratio allows us to achieve great climbing goals without compromising student safety.

Helmet Policy

Wearing a helmet all the time while climbing is simply the safest choice. However, the nature of bouldering and high-level sport climbing makes some climbers disinclined to wear a helmet. During the years, we have developed a common sense helmet-wearing policy. It is based on the relative danger of a climbing area and a level of climber’s experience, as follows: All beginners must wear a helmet all the time while climbing and optionally for bouldering. Some very experienced climbers are allowed to climb without a helmet on some (not all) sport and bouldering routes. All climbers must wear a helmet while climbing traditional or ice routes.

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