Please ensure you read this agreement carefully before signing. It contains information on the risks, conditions of use and rules, as well as a release of liability. If you have any questions in relation to the agreement, please contact your nearest facility or speak to a member of staff.
BMC -"The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions."
ABC - "All climbing activities have a risk of serious injury. Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practice there may still be the risk of accident and injury. It is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.’’
1.1 ASSUMPTION & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK
I hereby acknowledge and accept that the activity of climbing, both indoors and outdoors, and the use of Climbing Centre Group Ltd facilities, participation in its activities and or observation of such activities, involves risks. I recognise that some risks are inherent and as such cannot be eliminated or reduced. I confirm that I understand the nature and extent of these risks, which can include, but are not limited to:
- all manner of injury resulting from falling from height and coming into contact with; the floor, climbing surface, people and/or other permanent or temporary structures.
- rope abrasion, entanglement and other injuries resulting from activities on or near the climbing walls, such as, but not limited to; climbing, belaying, abseiling, rescue systems, and any other rope activities.
- injuries resulting from the actions or oversight of others, including, but not limited to; falling climbers or dropped items.
- failure or misuse of equipment or any part of the facilities.
- failure to follow Climbing Centre Group Ltd conditions of use and rules, as outlined in sections 1.2 and 1.3.
I further acknowledge that there are risks associated with the use of Climbing Centre Group Ltd facilities and participation in it's activities other than climbing-related ones, including, but not limited to, the use of training equipment or participation in group classes.
I confirm that to the best of my knowledge neither I, nor any person(s) I am signing on behalf of, suffer from a medical condition that could increase the risk that I, or they, will be involved in an accident which could result in injury to myself, them or others.
1.2 CONDITIONS OF USE
Our Duty of Care - The rules set out in section 1.3 are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we as operators, owe to you our customers, by law. As such they are not negotiable. If you are not prepared to abide by them you may not use our facilities. Should it come to our attention that you are not abiding by our rules you may be asked to leave.
Your Duty of Care - You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards other users and to adhere to our rules. Statements of 'Best Practice' are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other.
Unsupervised Climbing - Before you engage in any climbing activity without supervision, we expect you to be competent in the activity you wish to undertake. By registering, you both understand and accept the risks, and agree to abide by the 'Conditions of Use' and 'The Rules' involved in your participation. Unsupervised climbing is just that, staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but formal instruction in the use of equipment will only be provided when booked and paid for. Should you not be competent in the use of any of the equipment, you must not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent and signed off to that effect. Anyone not registered unsupervised must not take part in any climbing activity without supervision.
Supervised Climbing - An adult who has registered for 'Unsupervised Climbing' may supervise up to two novices, if they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of those novices. Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding relevant qualifications and insurance, and who has registered as an 'Instructor'. Novices must remain with their supervisor at all times whilst within climbing areas. When engaged in supervision, a supervisor must not leave the ground at any point.
Under 18's - All under 18's must be supervised by an adult deemed competent in the activity they are engaging in, unless they have been registered and assessed by centre staff to engage in 'Unsupervised Climbing'.
1.3 THE RULES
General Safety - Check in at reception upon each visit before engaging in any activity. Exercise due care, common sense, and self-preservation at all times. Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately. Be aware of other climbers and how your actions could affect them. Never stand or climb directly under someone who is climbing. Stand well back from the climbing walls unless belaying or supervising a climber. Avoid distracting others while they are climbing, belaying or supervising. Please be aware that impact flooring does not remove the risk of injury but is designed to reduce the severity of these injuries. Ensure the climbing area and your persons are free from hazardous items. Refer to best practice signage for specific area safety rules. Be aware of the emergency exits and fire assembly points.
Bouldering & Traversing - Always ensure you are in a position to descend safely. Descend by down climbing. Should that not be possible, then at the very least use a controlled fall. Harnesses and other rope related climbing equipment, must not be worn in the bouldering area.
Auto-Belay - When using the Auto-Belay you must identify the line your route climbs and not deviate off this line. Descending from the route must be done in a controlled manner with, where possible, the landing zone and path checked to be clear before letting go. Never attempt to grab back on to the wall when descending, as the Auto-Belay will continue to lower. Solo climbing on the Auto-Belay climbs is not acceptable; always use the Auto-Belay safety line to protect yourself on these climbs. Helmets must not be worn when using the Auto-Belays, and all harness hardware and loose clothing must be removed.
Roped Climbing - When Climbing - Please ensure you identify if your chosen route is a bottom rope or lead route. Do not use the centre’s bottom ropes for lead climbing. Always use a climbing harness to attach yourself to the rope. Always tie directly into the harness using a suitable knot. Clipping in with a karabiner is not recommended in normal climbing situations. When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated dynamic rope. You must identify the line which your route follows and clip all the runners in sequence. Do not use your own quick draws to lead the bottom rope walls. If seconding a climb the second climber should: be protected from uncontrolled swings by appropriately clipped quick draws, ensure the rope is securely fixed to the lower-off anchor. Solo climbing on bottom rope or lead climbs is not acceptable; always use a rope to protect yourself on these climbs.
Roped Climbing - When Belaying - Novices must not belay without on the ground supervision by their supervisor backing up the brake rope. Always use a belay device attached to your climbing harness with a locking karabiner. ‘Traditional’ or ‘body’ belaying is not acceptable. Ground anchors and weight-bags may be provided to give support to people belaying a climber who is much heavier than they are. Direct belaying from ground anchors and weight-bags is not acceptable. Always pay attention to what the climber is doing, standing as close to the climbing wall as is practical unless you are using one of the attachment points on the floor (if applicable).
Training Equipment - All training equipment is used at your own personal risk.
Please initial below to indicate that you have read, understood and accept the terms laid out in sections 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3:
1.4 RELEASE OF LIABILITY
My participation, and that of any person(s) I am signing on behalf of, is purely voluntary, and I or they, elect to participate despite the risks.
I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Climbing Centre Group Ltd, its owners and employees, with respect to all losses, damages, claims or other liabilities, whether known or unknown, arising out of any property damage, personal injury or wrongful death in any way connected to my participation, and that of any person(s) I am signing on behalf of, in activities both indoors and outdoors, that are hosted by or involve the Climbing Centre Group Ltd, its facilities or employees, with the exception of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
I authorise Climbing Centre Group Ltd employees to provide or obtain medical care without liability, for me or any person(s) I am signing on behalf of, and if required, to arrange transport for me or them to a medical facility.
I confirm that the Climbing Centre Group Ltd may use any photograph or video of me or any person(s) I am signing on behalf of, taken inside their facilities or at any activity hosted by them, for promotional purposes related solely to the advertisement of their business.
Please initial below to indicate that you have read, understood and accept the terms laid out in sections 1.4: