Extreme Ventures - Brighton Indoor Climbing Wall & Outdoor Rock Climbing Specialist
Extreme Ventures - Brighton Indoor Climbing Wall & Outdoor Rock Climbing Specialist

Southern Sandstone Leaders Award Assessment

  • Ratio 1:8
  • Course Length 8 Hours (1 Day)
  • Minimum Participants 2
  • Maximum Participants 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Assessment fee's £150 Per Person

On the Day

You will be required to provider your own group for the assessment for the group work element of the assessment. It is recommended that this is a group of beginners and should be a minimum size of 8 as this will provide a more realistic assessment.

The weather may well be cold, wet and windy, so please come prepared and make sure your group is also suitably dressed. Please bring a packed lunch, plenty of drink etc.

Prior to assessment you must have;


  1. Have personal experience of climbing on at least 3 Sandstone Outcrops
  2. Have climbed at least 20 routes since your training and be confidentially able to climb 4a.
  3. Be familiar with all aspects of the syllabus
  4. Have observed at least 20 hours of instructional sessions at a number of different sandstone crags with a range of groups
  5. Reference from a suitable person on your climbing/teaching/leadership experience
  6. Bring your logbook with your registration number.
  7. Provide evidence of a 2 day first aid course.

Your assessor will check your logbooks and make sure you have all the required personal climbing days as well as all the group work hours. You will also need a reference filled out in your logbook. It is essential that your logbook is complete and you turn up with a valid 2 day first aid course. You could be expected to perform any of the skills covered on your training day or in the technical notes/syllabus.

During the group work section of the assessment you will be expected to provide some mock students and run a group session for at least 1 hour duration whilst managing at least 2 climbing ropes. During this you should be able to manage the group and the climbs in a safe manor including belaying and whilst the climbers are returning via a footpath from the top of the climb. It is recommended that your mock students are beginners and not a group of regular climbers as this will be more realistic.


The bouldering session will involve running a short bouldering session where you will be expected to keep the group safe at all times using appropriate methods.


The assessment could take part at any of the main Sandstone Cliffs and could even involve a trip to two different venues* in order to check your knowledge of more than one Sandstone cliff.


Depending on weather, you may also be expected to climb a sandstone route of 4a or above.




After the assessment you will either be given a pass, fail or deferral. If you have passed the assessment day your assessor will contact Bowles outdoor centre (admin@bowles.ac) and inform them of the result. As long as you have previously registered with Bowles, you will be placed on the register and be sent and certificate in the post.

If you have not been successful you will be given a personal action plan by your assessor. A reassessment can be arranged, although no refunds will be given on the original assessment.

Deferrals can be given for a number of reasons such as incomplete paper work or logbook experience. Depending on the reason for the deferral, you may be asked to either attend another assessment day to show you have developed the skills needed or send the paperwork to your assessor.

The Sandstone award is valid for 3 years. After this period you are required to complete a revalidation process. This is either;


  1. Sending a copy of your up-to-date logbook to your assessor including any other details such as extra training courses such as Mountain Leader, SPA, CWA or any CPD courses you might have attended or,
  2. Attend a Sandstone leaders award refresher course run by one of the course providers. Please contact a provider to arrange a course and discuss your needs

Useful Information

  • From 18 years old
  • Maximum 8 people per Instructor
  • Activities are located Harrison Rocks near Tunbridge Wells
  • Consent form required for all participants
  • Booking Subject to availability
  • Maximum weight 16 stone for roped activities
  • Please bring any medication if required i.e inhaler e.t.c

All prices include Insurance, Fully Qualified, Experienced & CRB Checked Instructor, Equipment, and entrance/hire fees.


All activities have been risk assessed and include Emergency Action and Operating Procedures. Extreme Ventures fully complies with regulating bodies including Health and Safety, National Governing Bodies and Adventure Activity Licensing Authority

Contact Details


01732 446252


Opening times

Office Opening Hours:

7 days a week

10:00 - 20:00


Outdoor Climbing Harrison Rocks:

Spring - Autumn 10:00 - 22:00

Winter 10:00 - 17:00

Open Public & Bank Holiday


Indoor Climbing Brighton:

Advanced Instructed Bookings available 7 days a week from 10:00 - 20:00

Closed Public & Bank Holidays

Freelance Staff Required




Outdoor Climbing

Harrison Rocks



Brighton Indoor Climbing Stanley Deason Leisure Centre




Start: Immediately

End: N/A


Freelance Staff required for mostly weekend work, occasional weekday work.




Are you looking for a great place to work in exciting, adventurous surroundings with excellent personal climbing on your doorstep!


Outdoor Climbing Instructors are based near Tunbridge Wells at Harrison Rocks.


Indoor Climbing instructors required at our indoor climbing wall in Brighton at the Stanley Deason Leisure Centre.




  • Outdoor Instructors: RCI or SSA
  • Indoor Instructors: CWI qualified staff
  • First Aid Qualified: Minimum 16 hours
  • Own Car required

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