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 


Course 1: 09:00 – 10:30

Course 2: 10:30 – 12:00


Course 3: 10:00 – 11:30

Course 4: 11:30 – 13:00

Upcoming Courses

Course Block Courses Commence Booking Opens
March 2023 4th & 5th March Monday 13th February

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.