Climbing membership

Climber on a bouldering wall

Your climbing membership

You will be able to reach new heights at Ravelin Sports Centre, thanks to our brand new climbing wall that goes from basement to roof

If you have selected climbing as an activity option as part of your membership, you will have access to our 10.85 metre climbing wall and 120 square metres of bouldering. With our eight auto-belays, you will be on the wall in no time after a quick induction from our instructors.

The climbing wall and bouldering wall is located downstairs in Ravelin Sports Centre. Enter through the main entrance, then down the main stairs.
 

Step 1: What you need to know

Read the safety instructions here, to familiarise yourself with how to stay safe whilst climbing.

Climbing sessions need to be pre-booked on the UOP Sport App. If you haven’t already, download the app now to see how to book. You can book up to a week in advance.

The minimum age for climbers using our climbing wall is 7 years old. 

 All under 18s must be supervised by someone who is deemed competent when it comes to climbing unless they have been registered and assessed by our climbing instructors, in which case they may be eligible to engage in unsupervised climbing. Anyone under the age of 18 must also have signed a parental waiver before being given access to the wall.

To find out more information, you can find all of our rules and regulations on our website. 

Step 2: What you need to do

All climbers need to complete a registration form before being able to climb and sign the correct waiver form based on their ability. 

We offer two different types of sessions. If you are an experienced climber, you will be able to book onto competent sessions. On your first session, a member of our team will conduct checks to confirm your competency.

If you are an inexperienced climber you will need to book onto our novice sessions, you can attend as many  sessions you require before transitioning over to competent sessions. 

If you are deemed as a competent climber and are visiting with someone who is inexperienced, you will also be able to sign a supervisor waiver, which will specify that you are able to supervise and be responsible for the person accompanying you to your session. 

Step 3: What you need to succeed

Our climbing routes will change on a regular basis, so try out as many as you can before they change. Look out for notices on the screens about upcoming route changes.

The climbing routes are colour-coded by difficulty. The higher the number on the starting stages, the harder the route!

Climbing shoes are strongly recommended and can be hired or purchased from reception. These will give you a lot more grip on the wall compared to normal shoes.

Climbing chalk is recommended as it will give you a lot more grip and protect your hands. Chalk and chalk bags are available for purchase from reception.
 
If you have any questions about your climbing membership, do not hesitate to ask a member of our team when you visit, or you can email us at sport@port.ac.uk.