NICAS - Big Depot Leeds

by Steve Dunning
Posted: 3rd Dec 2018



Here at Big Depot Leeds we are proud to run the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme for ages 7 and up. It’s an nationwide coaching scheme used by our fantastic instructors to progressively coach your child through the following levels:

1- New Climber

An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

Weekend sessions at 10:30am

2 - Foundation Climber

Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

  • Weekend sessions at 12pm
  • Wednesday session at 5:30pm

3 - Technical Climber

A more advanced top-roping and bouldering award that focusses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

  • Weekend sessions at 12pm
  • Wednesday session at 5:30pm

4 - Lead Climber

Concentrating on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

  • Weekend sessions at 2pm
  • Wednesday session at 7pm

5 - Advanced Climber

The top-level award that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing, as well as experience of local and national competitions.

  • Weekend sessions at 2pm
  • Wednesday session at 7pm


Our NICAS classes are booked in half term block, matching the Leeds school holiday schedule, with each session costing just £10 per session. There is a no refund policy on the sessions booked.

  • 6 week block - £60
  • 7 week block - £70
  • 8 week block - £80