PROGRAMS, COURSES & GROUP BOOKINGS

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES

Introductory Top Rope Belay Course 

Course Information:

Brand new to climbing? Take this course to learn the fundamental skill of top-rope belaying! After this 2-hour course, you will be able to safely and confidently climb routes at the SFU Climbing Wall independently. We recommend trying climbing first before registering in this program. Minimum age is 14, no exceptions. Please note, courses are subject to cancellation if there are less than 2 participants registered.

Cost:

SFU Student - $15.00 | Community Member - $40

Dates & Times:

  • Wednesdays: 6:30 - 8:30 (May 22nd - June 26th)
  • Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 (May 24th - August 1st)
  • Private courses with 3 or more people can be booked. To book a private course, please contact climbing@sfu.ca.

How to Book:

  • Visit rec.sfu.ca to register. Please note, this is not a drop-in program and registeration is required to participate.

Lead Climbing Course

Course Information:

Leading is an essential skill for experienced climbers looking to expand the scope of their climbing. This 3-hour course includes clipping, dynamic belay techniques, risk assessment/management and proper fall arrest techniques. 

Cost:

SFU Student: $50.00 | Community: $75.00

Course Requirements

  • Ages 14+. No exceptions.
  • Must have passed a top-rope belay test at the SFU Climbing Wall. A minimum of 6-months top-rope climbing experience is strongly recommended. 
  • Must be confidently climbing at the 5.10a level.

IMPORTANT NOTES - PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING A COURSE:

  • Due to the nature of the course content, instructors reserve the right to cancel the course if 1 or more participants are late by 15 minutes or more. Please arrive 5  -10 minutes before your scheduled course to meet your instructor and ensure you are ready to go on time. 
  • Courses are 3 hours long. Please ensure both partners are able to stay for the entire duration. 
  • Courses run at a 1:2 staff to participant ratio. If you don't have a climbing partner, to take the course with, let us know! We can put you on our waitlist to find one. 
  • For safety reasons, climbing partners must be of similar weight. Neither partner must outweigh the other by 150% or more (ex: If Partner 1 is 100lbs, Partner 2 cannot be more than 150lbs).

THIS COURSE IS BOOKED BY REQUEST. PLEASE CONTACT climbing@sfu.ca to inquire. 

Lead Climbing Refresher Course

Course Information:

Did you learn lead climbing/belaying from a friend outside and want to learn proper best practices? Did you take a lead course but want a bit more time with an instructor? Has it been a few years since you took your last lead?

This course is for anyone who has lead climbing/belaying experience, but isn't confident in their ability to meet SFU belay check standards.

Cost:

SFU Student: $25.00 | Community: $37.50

Course Requirements

  • Sufficent lead climbing experience.
  • Ages 14+. No exceptions.
  • Must have passed a top-rope belay test at the SFU Climbing Wall.
  • Must be confidently climbing at the 5.10a level.

IMPORTANT NOTES - PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING A COURSE:

  • This course is not a substitute for a "Lead Climbing Course". Administration reserves the right decline enrollment in this course to anyone who does not (in our judgement) have suficient previous lead climbing experience.
  • Course is up to 1.5 hours long.
  • Courses run at a 1:2 staff to participant ratio. If you don't have a climbing partner, to take the course with, let us know! We can put you on our waitlist to find one. Friends who are already lead belay checked at SFU may take this course with you free of charge.
  • For safety reasons, climbing partners must be of similar weight. Neither partner must outweigh the other by 150% or more (ex: If Partner 1 is 100lbs, Partner 2 cannot be more than 150lbs.).

THIS COURSE IS BOOKED BY REQUEST. PLEASE CONTACT CLIMBING@SFU.CA TO INQUIRE.

Rookie to Rock Climber Program

Program Information:

From your first climb, to learning belaying fundamentals, to gaining an understanding of climbing technique, certified SFU instructors will be there every step of the way. The Rookie to Rock Climber program is designed to take participants from the very beginning to having the skills and knowledge to integrate with the SFU Climbing community. A Climbing Wall membership is included for the duration of this course. Minimum age is 16.

Pre-program trial: Drop in and try climbing for free during Trial Week (May 13 -17)!

Day 1: Top-Rope Belay Skills (replaces Introductory Course).

Day 2: Climbing practice and technique

Day 3 and beyond: Terminology, technique application and next steps

Cost

  • SFU Student - $95
  • Community - $120
  • Climbing Wall Membership included for duration of this course

Dates & Times:

  • Tuesdays, May 21st - June 18th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

How to book:

  • This program is offered once every term. Please visit rec.sfu.ca to register. 

YOUTH & FAMILIES:

Birthday Belay Session

Program Information:

Have SFU staff hold the ropes for a fun filled birthday adventure on the wall. Our experienced staff can ensure safety while your group has a blast climbing. Birthday sessions include 1.5 hours of climbing time and 1 additional hour in SFU Recreation's VIP Room. Suitable for ages 7+.

Cost: 

# Guests Cost
1-10 $210
11-15 $275
16-20 $340

How to book:

  • Bookings outside Climbing Wall hours are frequently possible, however not all requested times are able to be accommodated.
  • Fill out our Booking Request Form and email to climbing@sfu.ca

Youth REC Climbing Program

Program Information:

This multi-week program is an exhilarating experience filled with safety skills, technique instruction, games and lots of climbing. Perfect for beginners or climbers wanting to learn something new! Please note, participants will be taught how to belay, an essential climbing skill which requires youth to be responsible for each other’s safety. 

This program is for youth ages 9-15.

Dates & Times:

Sundays, 10am - 12 pm,  Jan 6 to Apr 7. Please note due to special events and stat holidays, there will be no program some weeks. View booking link below for more info.

Cost: 

$180/participant

How to book:

This program is only offered in the Fall and Spring terms. Visit rec.sfu.ca for current program offerings and to register.

SFU Pro-D Day Camps

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Available on select Pro-D days, these full-day camps will take advantage of the great recreation options at SFU including Climbing, Swimming and Gymnasiums.

How to book:

Climbing Camp

Program Information:

Our half-day Climbing Camp is an exhilarating experience filled with safety skills, technique instruction, games and lots of climbing.

Perfect for beginners or climbers wanting to learn something new! Participants will be taught how to belay, an important skill that requires campers to be responsible for each other's safety.Climbing Camp is for ages 9-14, no exceptions. It is not recommended for campers to register in more than 1 half-day camp per week.

How to book:

GROUP BOOKINGS

Belay Session

Program Information:

Got 3 or people more and want to try climbing? Book SFU Climbing Staff to belay your group. This 2 hour session is great for events, social activities, team building or just friends wanting to try something new. Maximum group size is 45. Mimimum age is 6 years. Price includes rentals. Please note that booking availability may be limited by facility useage levels and avilable staff. Larger groups (12+) and those looking to book in the evenings should inquire well in advance.

How to Book:

  • Bookings outside Climbing Wall hours are frequently possible, however not all requested times are able to be accommodated.
  • Fill out our Booking Request Form and email to climbing@sfu.ca
  • Or, contact the Climbing Office at 778-782-4059

Cost:

# People SFU Students Community
1-5 $65 $85
6-10 $125 $165
11-15 $180 $240
16-20 $235 $310
21- 25 $290 $380
26 - 30 $345 $450

Larger groups may be accommodated, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Sport Field Trip

FIELD TRIP INFORMATION:

These field trips take advantage of the great recreation options at SFU including Climbing, Swimming and Gymnasiums. Full and half day options are available.

How to book:

Climbing Field Trip

Field Trip Information:

Book SFU Climbing Staff to hold the ropes for your school or youth group. This 2-hour climbing session maxmizes time on the wall - great for promoting exercise, physical literacy and team-building!

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Maximum group size is 45.

Cost: 

# People School Rate
11-15 $180
16-20 $235
21- 25 $290
26 - 30 $345

Larger groups may be accommodated, please contact SFU Climbing Admin for a quote.

How to book: