Get involved - support paraclimbing!

Are you interested in climbing? Do you enjoy helping others get climbing too? This is your chance to help those with additional support needs to get involved in climbing on a regular basis, with the aim of developing the UK's first Paraclimbing Club.

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, in partnership with ClimbScotland and Lothian Disability Sport, are looking to establish a regular Para-climbing session for individuals with a physical, sensory or learning impairment at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA). To make this happen, we need to develop a team of volunteers who are interested in supporting individuals within the climbing environment.

All interested volunteers will receive ‘learn to climb’ training to help them to become confident and competent when working with individuals with additional support needs. Skills will include fitting a harness, tying in and belaying. Parents / regular carers of potential climbers would be more than welcome to attend the training and learn to support their child / service user.

Training info:

  • Dates: 16 and 23 November (6–9pm)
  • Duration: 5 hours of instructed climbing (2.5 hours per evening) 30min intro / meet and greet
  • Venue: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA), Ratho, Newbridge, EH28 8AA
  • Participants: All individuals who have an interest in supporting people with disabilities become involved with climbing.
  • Costs: Free
  • 6 places available

Volunteers must attend both sessions and complete the 5 hours of instruction to be eligible for competent climber sign-off at EICA.

How to book:

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information, please contact Jamie Smith at ClimbScotland on

Further info:

Experience of working with individuals with disabilities is preferred but not essential. This position is regulated work with children and/or protected adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. All volunteers will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check.

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