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The Mardyke Arena UCC is now an accredited NICAS Awarding Centre delivering certified courses.

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme is designed to provide novice climbers with a structured and progressive programme of training & development to become competent indoor climbers.

We offer three levels:

  • Level 1 - Foundation Climber

         An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

  • Level 2 - Top Rope Climber

         Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

  • Level 3 - Technical Climber

         A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.

Aims of the Scheme:

  • To develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability.
  • To learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately.
  • To develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport.
  • To work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner.
  • To provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance.
  • To develop an understanding of the sport, its history and future challenges.
  • To provide a record of personal achievement.
  • To point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

NICAS will be delivered in the following ways:

For more information on NICAS contact reception on 021 490 4751 or email andy at