In rock climbing ‘belaying’ is the term to describe the technique used to manage the rope of a climber. The belayer can catch a climber’s fall, provide tension on the rope through tricky sections, and lower a climber back down to the ground. It is a huge responsibility, as you literally have your partner’s safety in your hands.
Getting Belay Certified:
The belay certification process has been structured to ensure that you are confident in the fundamental skills of belay and includes two steps: the Clinic where you will be taught and have the opportunity to refine your skills followed by an assessment where we determine that you posses the minimum competencies to be certified. When registering for your first clinic, you will be asked to pay a $5 assessment fee. This fee covers your first Belay Assessment (assessments are conducted at the conclusion of a clinic). A lot of new concepts and skills are introduced at the clinic and we HIGHLY encourage you attend as many clinics as are needed for you to feel confident belaying. There are no fees for attending additional clinics; we simply ask that you register at the OP Base Camp, so we know to expect you. When you decide to take your assessment, you will be asked to demonstrate satisfactory performance in the areas outlined above. If an unsatisfactory score is achieved in any section the participant must re-test at an additional cost of $5. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them with your Belay Clinic Instructor, a Climbing Wall Supervisor or one of our friendly Outing Center staff in the OP Base Camp.
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