Instructional courses

Introductory course

Learn the basics of top-rope belaying from SFU climbing wall instructors. After this 2-hour course, you and a climbing partner will be able to safely and confidently use the SFU climbing wall on your own. We recommend trying one of our "Just Climbing" options if you haven't been on the wall before. Minimum age is 14.

Summer 2019 dates and times:

May 24th - August 1
Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 

Private courses with 3 or more people can be scheduled. Contact the climbing office at

Type Cost
Student $25
Community  $50

*Participants receive a climbing wall day pass for use on the day of their course.

Lead climbing course

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. 


  • 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

  • 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.). 

How to book

Please contact us at or 778-782-4059

Type Cost
Student $60
Community  $85

*Participants receive a climbing wall day pass for use on the day of their course.

Rookie to rock climber 

From your first climbs, to learning the ropes, 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

Summer 2019 dates and times:

  • Tuesdays, May 21 – June 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Type Cost
Student $100
Community  $125

*Participants receive a climbing wall membership for the duration of their course.

Clan Climbers

Climb on SFU's indoor climbing wall! 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. 

Suitable for Ages 9-15.

Youth REC climbing will not be offered in the summer semester, check back soon for fall offerings!