Lead Climbing Workshop (LCW)
for Schools & Corporations

Objective of workshop:

To learn the required knowledge to safely lead climb and belay in a climbing gym.

The course provided is based on Climbing Wall Association (CWA)'s guidelines and its updated common practices such as the usage of an Assisted Braking Device (ABD).

‘Lead Climbing Workshop’ adopts a practical approach to lead climbing. The workshop guides participants step-by-step to ease them into the dynamic process and safety practices of lead climbing in a gym.

The workshop is designed using up-to-date industry practices to equip participants with the practical knowledge and skills of lead belaying using Assisted Braking Device (ABD). This process facilitates the transition for participants to begin independently lead climbing and belaying safely in the gym.


  • At least 13 years of age
  • Ability to top rope belay and complete a 6A route on top rope confidently
    • Obtained the top-rope verification (from Onsight, Climb Central or Ground Up)
    • Obtained the SNCS Level 1 certificate
    • Attended a structured curriculum top-rope course or equivalent
    • Experience climbing with other climbers and able to belay confidently

Duration: 7 Hours

Upon completion of Lead Climbing Workshop, participants will still need to go through Verification session before they can top rope climb and belay independently. Lead Climbing Workshop includes 1 complimentary practice and verification session. Verification tag issued upon passing.

Practice Sessions are also available, click to find out more.

Onsight and its partners seek to constantly improve industry standards for the benefit for the climbing community. Over the years, the industry has grown rapidly and it is vital that we remain vigilant and responsive to meet the ever changing demands of the community. By doing so, we can always provide the highest and safest standards to the climbing community and at the same time, still maintaining a positive and enjoyable climbing experience for everyone.

The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) workshops present an alternative and an updated framework with a prescribed set of standards that caters for the climbing industry at this point of time. Workshops are conducted by instructors certified according to the Climbing Wall Association standards and aims to educate climbers on the proper and safe techniques required for indoor artificial climbing, with the use of an ABD.

CWA is a trade association dedicated to protecting, connecting and educating the indoor climbing industry by developing industry standards.


  • Introduction
  • Climbing Equipments
    1. Quick-draws
  • Lead Climbing Techniques
    1. Pre-climb Checks
    2. Clipping in Techniques
    3. Prevention and Undo “Z” Clips and Back Clips
    4. Safe falling Position
    5. Climbing Commands
    6. Safety Considerations - hand & foot placement to avoid nasty rope burns, skipping runners
  • Belaying a Lead Climber
    1. Giving Slack and Taking in
    2. Belaying Stance
    3. Arresting a Climbers’ Fall
    4. Dynamic Belaying
  • Verification Matrix

Flow Chart

You can refer to this flowchart for full course process.

We still provide SNCS Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 for group bookings,
please e-mail us at climb@onsight.com.sg for more information.