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Acknowledgement of risk and conditions of use
'All climbing activities have a risk of serious injury or death. Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practise, they may still be the risk of accident and injury. It is the responsibility of the participants to adhere to the conditions of use'.
It is Important that you understand this document. There is inherent Risk involved with climbing centres and associated activities. By signing this Form, you are stating that you understand these risks cannot be completely removed. If you do not understand any of the terminology or content, ask a member of staff to clarify.
- Report to the climbing reception on each visit before you climb.
- You must exercise 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. This is particularly important with broken or spinning holds.
- Be aware of the other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
- Do not distract people while they are climbing or belaying.
- Never stand directly underneath someone who is climbing.
- If you have children, you must keep them under control and supervise them directly at all times. Be close enough to affect or control the child’s behaviour at all times.
- Please make yourself aware of the location of the fire exits in the building and fire assembly points.
As a user of this climbing wall, you must be aware of and accept the following:
- As with all sporting activities, injuries are possible in climbing and might be sustained despite the safety systems in place.
- Volumes on the walls are designed to enhance the quality of climbing but you must be aware of and accept that when climbing above them there is an additional risk of falling onto them.
- Climbing beyond your capabilities on any wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb.
- Participants must understand that climbing while pregnant can increase the risk posed to mother and unborn child.
- Participants must be aware and accept that climbing holds can spin or break
- You must do everything reasonable and practical to avoid endangering yourself or others.
- You have to be aware of and adhere to the safety rules of the centre at all times.
- You must stand back from the climbing walls unless you are belaying or spotting a climber.
- You take responsibility for adequately maintaining your equipment.
- If you are unsure in any way on how to use an auto belay, or have never used one before, then ask a member of staff for assistance before using one.
- The coloured box (usually yellow or red) on the ground around the auto belays is a landing zone; be aware of descending climbers when standing within it.
- Good practice instructions are located next/near to the auto belay. To ensure your own safety, please follow these instructions.
- Helmets, jewellery, and other items that can cause strangulation are not permitted on the Auto-belay
The Auto belay system has a maximum and minimum designed weight Limit. Even if your are within the weight limit, your body shape may make participating more of a risk to you. In this case, the decision of participation will be at the instructor or coach discretion.
Auto Belay Weight limits
Minimum Weight Limit : 20kg
Maximum Weight Limit : 150KG
The bouldering wall is the site of most injuries at a climbing wall. THE SOFT MATTING DOES NOT REMOVE THE RISK OF INJURY. Injuries can still occur even after a controlled/planned jump but are more likely after an uncontrolled fall. You should always be doing your utmost to avoid the risk of uncontrolled falls. This includes paying attention to how you will land and always assessing the risk of each climb that you undertake.
Lead climbing also contains inherent risks, which are always present. Any leader fall can result in an injury, and you must exercise great caution and preparation before you expose yourself to that risk.
In top roping and leading, the greatest risk is presented by the belayer. Always make sure they are skilled enough to keep you safe; if you are unsure consult a member of staff.
Duty of care
Our Duty of Care – The conditions of use of the climbing centre 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, the customer, by law. As such, they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them then the staff may ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care
You have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre, follow good practice and abide by the conditions of use of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use of equipment and climbing areas.
Before you can use the top ropes or lead walls without supervision the centre expects you to be competent in the use of a climbing harness, a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and a belay device to secure a falling climber or lower a climber from the wall using a rope.
Before you can use the bouldering walls without supervision, you must be aware of safe usage of bouldering and know how to use the bouldering walls safely.
You are required to register to say that you know how to top rope, lead or boulder, that you are prepared to abide by the conditions of use of the centre and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who is not competent to climb unsupervised must be supervised by a competent Adult.
Under 18s - All children in the centre must be supervised by an Over 18 Unsupervised member
If an under 18 is recognised to be “unsupervised” or does anything which may increase risk or cause injury to another person, the staff reserves the right to stop my child’s participation in the activity and I understand that no refunds will be given in such circumstances.
Parental Consent for Climbing Activities at YMCA Newark and Sherwood Climbing Centre for Clip ‘n’ Climb, Rope climbing walls and bouldering.
For any under 18's attending sessions you will need to fill in this form
-If you are supervising a novice please fill in the novice supervision form
If a parent is attending a session they will need to complete the supervised climber form
If the parent is a competent climber and wishes to climber they will need to complete the Unsupervised Climber Form
Please sign to say you have read and agree to this document
December 2, 2023