Please read the conditions of use and centre rules before following the link at the bottom of the page to complete the online registration form ahead of your first visit to Flash Climbing. Alternatively this form can also be completed at the centre on your first visit. If you have any questions about the conditions of use or centre rules please speak to a member of staff.
Conditions of Use of Flash Climbing Centre
Risks – “The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing 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. There is an additional risk that holds may break or come loose from the wall.
THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU SAFETY. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others. Climbing back down the wall and stepping off at the bottom is the safest way to descend.
Climbing beyond your capabilities on any wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb. If you are unsure of these risks please ask a member of staff.
Our Duty of Care – The rules of the climbing centre set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. 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 then the staff must politely ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care – You also have a duty of care to act responsibly and courteously towards the other users of the centre.
Unsupervised Climbing – Before you climb without supervision the centre expects you to be prepared to abide by the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation.
Everybody is required to register and agree to these rules before they may participate in any activities at the centre.
Unsupervised climbing is just that! If you are not confident in the use of any equipment then please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help and can book you on to an appropriate instructed session.
Children – All children in the centre must be supervised by an adult unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing.
Under 18s are not permitted in the training area without a member of staff present.
• Report to reception on each visit before you climb.
• You must exercise care, common sense and self preservation at all times.
• Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
• Be aware of the other climbers around you and how your actions might affect them. Never climb directly above or below another climber.
• Do not distract people while they are climbing or spotting.
• Stand well back from the climbing walls unless you spotting a climber. Never stand directly under someone who is climbing.
• In the interest of safety when climbing do not allow any part of you beyond the orange out-of-bounds line clearly visible around the top of the walls.
• Rings, jewellery and loose fitting clothing can cause harm to yourself and others, please avoid these while climbing.
• Empty your pockets before climbing to avoid items falling out and causing injury.
• Do not leave anything on the boulder mats in a place that may cause injury to a falling climber or obstruct others.
• Food and drink are not permitted on the bouldering mats under any circumstances.
• Beanbags must be kept off the mats at all times.
• Shoes must be worn when climbing, outdoor shoes are not permitted.
Climbers Aged 4-17
• When using the centre under 18s should be accompanied by an adult at all times unless they are aged 14+ and have been assessed by management and registered for unsupervised climbing.
• A registered adult climber can supervise a maximum of 2 under 18s at any one time. Supervision should be close and active, supervisors should stay with children at all times.
• No running anywhere in the centre.