We want to talk about safety. It may not be a sexy topic but it’s one of our biggest priorities. Almost all of us will have been climbing less in recent months and as a result will have experienced skill fade.
I’ve been climbing regularly for 15 years and had to pause and re-tie recently during my first session back on a rope, as cleaning the route didn’t immediately flow as automatically as it used to. This can happen to any of us.
Take our QUIZ
How safe is climbing?
We record accident data at all centres to help us keep an eye on trends and issues. Do you think you understand the risks and know TCA pretty well? Take our quiz based on TCA accident stats.
Staff are here for you
After reopening, we expect that our staff may be intervening more often to make sure you are safe. This isn’t personal. Interventions prevent injury and may save you a trip to A&E or 6 months of rehab. Rewatch our bouldering safety video to make sure you are familiar with the basics. Avoid doing the dangerous things flagged in this video and you will be fine. Ask at reception if you’d like to re-take the roped climbing test. Read the latest Covid-19 secure rules on climbing at TCA.
Ask for help
Don’t feel embarrassed about asking staff for some pointers. Maybe you want help checking that your harness is on right. Just ask staff and we’ll keep you right. We’d rather you talked to us than made a guess that might be costly.
Keep each other safe
As a community, we have a responsibility to look out for one another. If you see someone struggling or doing something dangerous in our centres, please let our staff know.
Three ways to refresh your skills
1. Sign up for coaching
Get back on track
Our experienced coaches can work with you to get you back up to speed with confidence and skills or they can help you to develop a personal training plan. Session content is flexible and can be shaped to suit your needs. You can book 1 hour or a series of sessions. We hope to be able to deliver personal coaching and restart classes reasonably quickly after reopening. Find out more about coaching.
2. Attend our online events
The secrets of safer belaying
Rewatch our free online talk on “The secrets of safer belaying”. Learn about devices, find out if you are a good belayer, find out what ugly feedback is and get practical tips that will help to keep you and your partner safe.
Let’s go outside with Trev Massiah
Thu 15 April, 7.30pm. Lockdown has encouraged many indoor climbers to try local crags for the first time. Whether you are new to it or an experienced outdoor climber, join us for Let’s go outside with climbing coach Trev Massiah. Trev will get you psyched and get you ready for a summer of climbing in the great outdoors – he will also answer your questions. Register now.
3. Watch video
Auto belay accidents
If you are planning to get onto auto belay whether you are an old pro or a newbie, make sure you have watched Sam talk about the day she forgot to clip. Simply being aware of this will help you to avoid making the same mistake.