SNCS 1 (Singapore National Climbing Standard)
Introduction to belaying
What is SNCS 1?
SNCS 1 is the entry-level certification within the Singapore National Climbing Standard. It serves as a fundamental course designed to equip participants with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for indoor climbing. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including safety measures, equipment usage, basic climbing techniques, and understanding climbing ethics.
Should I get a SNCS 1 certificate?
Frequently, I am asked whether acquiring a certificate for climbing is necessary. The answer, in a straightforward sense, is NO. Many local gyms provide their in-house certifications, and realistically, when you're out on a mountain, nobody is going to demand your SNCS 1 certificate before allowing you to climb. This may seem ironic, so why, then, do I offer these courses? The truth is, while the certificate itself may not be mandatory, learning from the right instructors is crucial for your safety. The detailed SNCS 1 syllabus (outlined below) delves into the subject matter, providing knowledge that extends beyond the confines of a local gym setting. I view the certificate as a bonus, showcasing that you have met the minimum standards.

That being said, the certificate becomes essential in two specific scenarios. Firstly, if you aspire to progress to the next level, such as SNCS 2 (lead climbing) and SNCS 3 (multi-pitch climbing), you will be required to present your SNCS 1 certificate. Secondly, if you are eyeing a career in the outdoor scene, certificates of personal proficiency, including SNCS 1, carry significant weight.
Who is SNCS 1 certificate for?
1. Beginners and Novices:

SNCS 1 is tailor-made for individuals who are new to climbing or have limited experience. Whether you've never set foot on a climbing wall or have only dabbled in the sport, this course provides a solid foundation to build upon.

2. Gym Climbers Transitioning Outdoors:

For those accustomed to climbing in gyms and looking to make the transition to outdoor climbing, SNCS 1 acts as a bridge, imparting essential outdoor climbing skills and safety protocols.

3. Parents and Guardians:

Climbing is an excellent family activity, and parents or guardians keen on climbing with their children can benefit from SNCS 1. The course not only ensures the safety of participants but also instills responsible climbing practices.
Why train with me?
If you've decided to embark on climbing training, you're faced with numerous options. So, why should you choose to train with me? Learning new skills is not just about learning from someone who has mastered those skills; it's about learning from someone current, skilled at teaching, and providing a unique perspective.

My training journey spans various countries, including Singapore, Australia, the Indian Himalayas, Scotland, England, and the French Alps. Having served as an Outward Bound Instructor and currently part of the Outdoor Ed team at United World College, my diverse background offers you insights from multiple perspectives.

I adhere to a social constructivist theory of learning and implement an inquiry-based approach in my pedagogy. In simpler terms, the way I design sessions is intentional. Recognizing that there might be a gap between your training and actual climbing, my goal is for you to understand the fundamentals thoroughly. This way, you can confidently continue your climbing journey even after a few months break. But don't just take my word for it – see what previous participants have to say below.
What does the syllabus cover?
The purpose of this course is to give participants an enjoyable, safe, and informative introduction to sport climbing.
  • Introduction to the Sport of Climbing
    • Development of climbing in Singapore
    • Concept of climbing
      • Sport climbing /Traditional climbing;
      • Lead / Top-rope;
      • Bouldering
  • Tie-in Knot (usage, limitation, dressing)
    • Figure of Eight thread-through
  • Introduction of Climbing Equipment (usage, care, limitation)
    • Ropes (Dynamic & Static)
    • Harness
    • Karabiner
    • Friction devices – (Fig.8 and Tubular)
    • Climbing shoes
    • Helmet
    • Chalk (drying agent)
    • Others – Quickdraws (Runners), Sling/Tape
  • Belaying Technique (5 steps belay) using friction devices
    • Belaying a climber
    • Lowering a climber
    • Belaying stance
    • Arresting a climber's fall
    • Rope handling & management
  • Basic Climbing Technique
    • Use of handholds – pinch, grip, underhand, side pull, sloper, pocket
    • Use of footholds – edging, smearing
    • Basic wall configuration – corners, overhangs, slabs, roof
  • Top-Rope Climbing
    • Pre-climb checks
    • Climbing commands
    • Spotting
    • Safety considerations – pendulums, falling on other people, rope placement, buddy check
How to sign up?
If you made up your mind, below are some of the details you need to know about the course:

Course & Instructor Fee: S$ 80
Duration: Full Day
Location: Various options are available upon sign-up
Exclusion: Meals, Gym entrance fee, equipment rental,

I only run courses on weekends. For signing up, please watsapp me here indicating number of people and preferred date.
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