Course Duration: 14 hours or 2 sessions of 7 hours

Prerequisite: At least 16 years of age, SCC Level 2 and SNAS Level 1 certified

Cost: $250 per trainee

This course is designed as a follow-on to the SCC Level 2 and Abseiling Level 1 or equivalent. This course builds on lead climbing skills to advanced rope skills for safe anchor construction and rope management from suspended belay positions. SCC Level 3 introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely. Participants on this course should be confident in all the techniques covered at Level Two before undertaking this more advanced level course.

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements

  1. Setup anchor system for multi-pitch climb
  2. Belaying a climber using both direct and redirect belay system
  3. Lead climb changeover to abseil with backup
  4. Ascending on ropes
  5. Conduct proper pre-climb checks
  6. Correct use of climbing calls
  7. Safe equipment handling
  • SNCS Sport Climbing Course Level 3 Certificate
  1. Lead Climbing
    • Difference between artificial climbing wall and natural rock wall
    • Types of protection points
    • Multi-pitch climbing
  2. Introducing Equipment for Multi-Pitch Climb
    • Dynamic ropes – Single/Half/Twin
    • Accessory Cords/Prusiks (various diameters)
    • Quickdraws
    • Slings (Runners) / Tapes (safety slings, extension as Runners, anchors)Belay devices
    • Circular descending devices (Figure of 8)
    • Planular descending devices (Sticht Plate)
    • Tubular descending devices (ATC)
    • In-Line adjustable devices (Rack)
    • Auto-locking descending devices (GriGri, Cinch)
  3. Knots & Hitches (usage, limitation, dressing)
    • Double Figure of 8 knot with double bight
    • Friction knots (Standard/Classic, Klemheist, French)
    • Overhand knot
    • Clove Hitch
    • Italian Hitch (Munter)
    • Anchor System
  4. Criteria for anchors
    • Types of anchors (Self-equalized, Isolated/Static, Rope anchors)
  5. Multi-Pitch Climb
    • Leading and seconding – changeover
    • Setting up anchors (using slings/tapes, ropes)
    • Belaying (direct, indirect and redirect)
    • Pre-climb checks
    • Climbing commands
    • Safety considerations –anchors, fall factor, buddy check
    • Understanding risk involving multi-pitch climbing
  6. Abseil
    • Abseil with backup (auto-block)
    • Counter-balance abseil
    • Stack abseil
    • Ascending on ropes (prusiking)
  • Sport Climbing Instructor Category 2
  • 1 Instructor 4 Traninees
  • Wearing of helmet is compulsory when engaging in a lead climbing session