Climbing Wall Courses

The Mardyke Arena UCC is an accredited NICAS Awarding Centre, delivering both adult & children 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, it’s 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.

For more information on NICAS contact reception below.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Children NICAS Climbing Courses 


New course to be announced


Courses will run for 6 weeks. Suitable for children aged 7 – 17 years old.

Members €63 | Non Members €81 (+ NICAS Log Book €6)

To book contact Reception at 021-4904751.