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

Southern Sandstone Leaders Award Training

  • Ratio 1:8
  • Course Length 8 Hours (1 Day)
  • Minimum Participants 2
  • Maximum Participants 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Recommended that you have completed our Rock Skills Introduction and Rock Skills Intermediate courses to be competent to complete and achieve the Southern Sandstone Leader Award
  • Course fee's £220 Per Person (Excluding assessment fee's)
  • Registration £15

Training Day

Prior to Attending Training, You MUST:

  1. Register and pay the fee and print off the required log pages from our resources page 
  2. Have personal experience of climbing on at least 3 Sandstone Outcrops
  3. Have climbed at least 20 routes and be confidentially able to climb 4a.
  4. Be familiar with, and able to competently use, the following: helmet, harness, belay plate, suitable climbing ropes, knots such as figure of 8, bowline, clove hitch, Italian hitch, stopper knot overhand knot etc.
  5. You should been interested in teaching and supervising groups on the Sandstone.
  6. Before attending training, you should have observed on at least one supervised session.


The Training is NOT:

  1. A personal skills course
  2. A learn to climb course
  3. An intro to Southern Sandstone course

On the Day

The weather may well be cold, wet and windy, so please come prepared! Please bring a packed lunch, plenty of drink etc. Some equipment will be provided but please bring personal equipment, e.g. helmet, harness, belay device, krab, rock boots, plus any other group bottom roping equipment which you usually use (ropes/slings but not nuts or lead gear).

The programme is as Follows

Meet course provider at the venue and time chosen by your course provider
The following topics will be covered in the day, although the time spent on each will depend on candidate’s abilities:


  1. The award, the remit and progression through it
  2. Prior preparation, including paperwork and equipment
  3. Selection of appropriate equipment
  4. Briefings on arrival, approaching the crags and the interaction with other groups/climbers.
  5. Setting up climbs, using simple methods like bolts & trees
  6. Environmental issues of rope drag, topping out, descent, lowering off
  7. General environmental issues, including paths, flora & fauna, noise, litter, toilet stops, graffiti etc
  8. Group control, setting boundaries etc
  9. Fitting equipment, handling of children and adults and child/instructor protection.
  10. Teacher/helper briefing and responsibilities
  11. Personal belaying skills, including lowering off when required
  12. Teaching belaying using a variety of devices, to include: “Bucket” devices, Grigri, Italian Hitch
  13. “Bell ringer” belaying with a Grigri and Italian hitch – its benefits, shortcomings and dangers.
  14. A “run through” of a typical climbing session for novices
  15. Bouldering/”weaseling”, how it fits in to a session, why we do it, coaching benefits and environmental impact
  16. More complex set ups for top ropes, using multiple anchors and static line

The course will conclude with a discussion on:

  1. Logbooks, gaining further experience, using the website to get log pages etc
  2. Legal responsibilities, including insurance, Local Authority forms, risk assessments, consent etc.
  3. AALA requirements
  4. MLTE awards and progression, especially CWA/SPA
  5. Review and next steps – offer personal feedback to candidates.


Depending on the time of year, this course may be run in one long day, or over two days if the daylight hours are short.

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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