We have expanded our RealRock programme and are looking for freelance instructors to help us deliver sessions.

What is RealRock?

RealRock sessions are subsidized outdoor sessions run for under 18’s in Scotland. They are currently run in-house by our Development Officers, Calum and Robert. The aim of these sessions is to make outdoor climbing more accessible to young people by adding to the skills they have already developed climbing inside. Sessions cover a wide spectrum of abilities from those who only boulder and want to tackle some problems outside, to young people wanting to start or improve their sport or trad lead climbing.

Sessions include:

  • Outdoor intro (bouldering)
  • Outdoor intro (bottom-roping)
  • Learn to Lead Sport (beginners)
  • Learn to Lead Sport (improvers)
  • Learn to Lead Trad

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for someone who is keen to work with and inspire the next generation of young climbers. We are particularly keen to encourage applicants from female instructors and instructors from BAME backgrounds. We are committed to improving diversity in the outdoors and believe a big part of this is showing younger climbers a diverse variety of role models in instructing and coaching positions.

RealRock Coach requirements



  • Foundation and/or Development Coach Award
  • Fundamentals 1-3

PVG requirements for coaches

All coaches working on behalf of ClimbScotland at our events are required to be PVG checked through us. Forms will be sent out via post to those who complete and return their coaching forms as part of the endorsement process.

How to apply

Please send a summary of current experience and why you would like to get involved in supporting RealRock sessions to

Safeguarding training

Sportscotland provide the first steps in child protection training which is a requirement for our coaches working with young people or vulnerable adults.

ClimbScotland work closely with Children 1st who support volunteers and staff in sports organisations across Scotland to keep children safe by providing advice, consultancy and training on the development and implementation of child protection policies, procedures and good practice.

ClimbScotland Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable groups in climbing, please contact our Child Protection Officer, Jamie Smith (ClimbScotland Development Manager) at