Westway Climbing Centre
Rules & Conditions
The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities
with a danger
of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for
their own actions and involvement.”
Although the climbing centre is an artificial environment, the risks involved are
no less serious than when climbing outside
on a crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin or break and cause falls.The soft flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling orjumping from the bouldering walls.
THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER
. Broken and sprainedlimbs are common on this type of climbing wall, despite the soft landing.
Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries toyourself or others.
Spotting is an activity that exposes both the climber and the spotter to risk of injury.
OUR DUTY OF CARE
The rules of the climbing centre set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities.Rather, they have been put in place to enhance your enjoyment of climbing through the adoption of safe practice and acommon sense approach. They are part of the duty of care that we, as operators owe to you, the customer, by law. As such,they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them, you will be required to leave the premises.
YOUR DUTY OF CARE
You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards other users of the centre and you should besensitive to the needs of other users by applying correct procedures and best practice to ensure that the environment youclimb in is as safe as can reasonably be expected for a risk activity. Statements of
” are posted around the
centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally beexpected to behave towards each other. All climbing at The Westway is unsupervised, unless you are in an instructed sessionor being supervised by a registered adult.
UNSUPERVISED CLIMBING IS JUST THAT!
Staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of bouldering and climbing techniques willonly be provided where it has been paid for in advance. If you are
in the use of any of the climbing orbouldering techniques, then
do not attempt them
without the supervision of someone who is competent to advise you.
Unsupervised Roped Climbing
- The bouldering-only process does not cover you for any activities using ropes or suchequipment within this facility. Before undertaking any activity using such equipment, you must perform a demonstration of competence to a member of staff and complete the appropriate registration form. Please see a member of staff for this.
An adult who has registered at the centre (as above) may supervise up to
novice climbersprovided they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people. Only Westway instructors and approvedcoaches may coach at the Westway.
All children in the centre must be in the sight of the supervising adult at all times, unless they have been assessedby the management and registered for unsupervised climbing. An adult may bring a maximum of two children on site pervisit.
Read, understand and accept the BMC participation statement above.
You must exercise care, common sense and self preservation at all times.
Report to reception on each visit before you climb.
Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
Be aware of other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
Do not distract people while they are climbing or belaying.
Beware of spinning holds. These should be reported to a climbing duty manager or written down in the ‘Spinner’s logbook’.
Customers may not interfere with any holds, or attempt to tighten a hold without due care and attention.
The tall walls are designed to be climbed using a rope for protection. Solo climbing on these walls is not acceptable. Climbersmay however, boulder on the roped walls up to the first clip only. (i.e.
level with first clip). Climbers may not traversebeneath or above other climbers.
Do not obstruct any landing zones and stand well back from the climbing areas when not climbing.
Never stand directly below someone who is climbing.
No user may climb barefoot, and climbing shoes should be worn in preference to leisure footwear.
Customers wishing to use the gym equipment in the
centre must read and accept the rules and conditions of use for thisequipment before use. Customers using this equipment do so at their own risk.
Down-climb whenever possible, or at the very least, fall off in control and bend your knees. Remember that the matting below thewall does not make bouldering safer
sprained ankles are all too common on this type of climbing wall, despite the soft matting.
Harnesses must be removed when bouldering.
Never climb above or below another climber. Preference should be given to those climbing vertical problems.
Do not climb onto or sit on top of the bouldering wall, traverse wall or onto support structures or parts of the building.