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Introductory Top-Rope Belay 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.

Minimum age is 14.

Spring 2020 dates and times:

January 19th - February 1st
Mondays & Thursdays: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Sundays: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

February 2nd - February 29th
Thursdays: 7:00PM - 9:00PM 
Sundays: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

March 1st - March 21st
Thursdays: 7:00PM - 9:00PM 

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

Type Rate             
SFU Student $25
Community $50

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.

Minimum age is 16.


  • 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 consistently and 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 Rate             
SFU Student $60
Community $85

Rookie to Rock Climber 

From your first climb, 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. This 6-week course runs for 2 hours/week.

A free 6-week Climbing Wall membership is included for the duration of the program. Participants are strongly encouraged to practice learned skills outside of class time.

Minimum age is 16.

Important notes

  • The first class is an optional climb time during Trial Week. This is a great opportunity to meet your instructor and try climbing in a fun environment before the program begins. 
  • The second class is MANDATORY. Please arrive 10 minutes early. You will be learning how to belay which lays the foundation for the rest of the program.

Spring 2020 dates and times:

  • Tuesdays, January 14th - February 25th , 7:00PM – 9:00PM (January 14th: Trial Week, optional class)
  • Cancellations: February 18th


Type Rate             
SFU Student $100
Community $125

Youth Climbing

Develop skills and have fun climbing at the SFU Climbing Wall! This multi-week program designed to get youth stoked on climbing! Come join us for an exhilarating experience filled with fundamental safety skills, movement technique, games and lots of climbing! 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 only offered in Fall and Spring.

For ages 10-15.

Spring 2020 dates and times:

  • Sundays, January 12th – March 15th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Cancellations: March 8th

Rate: $180.00