Grotto Youth Programs 2018/2019

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Movement

Our Movement classes focus on having fun and creating space for the whole family to enjoy climbing!

Rise N Shine  The perfect way to start your weekend, Rise N Shine and come by the Guelph Grotto to get your climb on! This program is perfect for families and is available on a week-to-week basis. Our certified instructors will be on hand to assist with harnesses and belaying. Young climbers must be supervised by a parent or guardian and all climbing gear is provided. We recommend parents/guardians climb too!  Program sessions take place every Saturday morning from 8:30-9:45 am. Price: $20/youth and $5/parent! Limited drop in space is available each week. Please register below each week if you are planning to attend. 

Foundations

Our Foundations classes provide your climbers with the skills to have fun and succeed in an indoor climbing gym environment.  All Foundations classes include a gym membership for the duration of the program. 

Dynos Ages 4-7- Our new Dynos program introduces new young climbers to the wonderful world of indoor rock climbing! Class consists of putting on harnesses, warming up and having fun climbing, with a focus on learning self awareness by moving and playing games on the wall. Our certified instructors take care of all the safety aspects and all necessary gear is provided (shoes, chalk, harness). Program sessions last for 9 weeks (unless impacted by a holiday*) and take place on either Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00pm. Price $170 ($154 for Holiday). 

Hangdogs Ages 5-7- Our Hangdogs program introduces young climbers to the wonderful world of indoor rock climbing! They get to focus on having fun and learning self awareness by moving and playing games on the wall. Hangdogs is perfect for climbers who are confident and familiar with moving around the gym and are interested in climbing technique. Our certified instructors take care of all the safety aspects of the climb and all necessary gear is provided (shoes, chalk, harness). Program sessions last 9 weeks (unless impacted by a holiday*) and take place on either Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm. Price $170 ($154 for Holiday). 

Climbing Club Ages 8-18- Climbing Club is for those who are new to climbing and we focus on introducing climbers to the sport of indoor rock climbing. They will learn foundational skills including belaying, tying climbing knots and supporting other climbers. Climbers can set personal climbing goals and work on challenges to continue to engage and push their climbing limits. Our certified instructors will lead lessons and support climbers while they learn about climbing technique and movement! Climbers will be placed into two clubs based on their ages and we will provide all the necessary gear (harness, chalk, shoes). For those interested in a more technical and lesson based program, please see our Technical classes, Seven Summits and Yosemite. Program sessions last for 8 weeks (unless impacted by a holiday*) and take place once a week on either Friday (4:30- 5:30pm OR 5:30-6:30pm) or Saturday (9-10am OR 10am-11am). Price $154. 


Technical

Our Technical classes will engage your climbers to learn new climbing techniques and to take their climbing to the next level. All technical classes include a gym membership during the length of the program.  

Seven Summit Ages 8-11 – Our Seven Summits program is a technique focused approach to introducing young climbers to the sport of indoor rock climbing. Climbers will learn a wide variety of climbing skills with an emphasis on discovering how to move effectively on the wall. The program includes graduated levels comprised of rope skills and weekly challenges to engage climbers and encourage them to push their climbing boundaries. Seven Summits is the perfect program for climbers who might want to pursue competitive climbing or who thrive in a more structured and lesson-focused environment. Our certified instructors will lead lessons and support climbers while they learn about climbing technique and movement! Includes all necessary gear (harness, chalk, shoes). Seven Summits has two classes: 1) Kilimanjaro is for new climbers or for those who do not know how to belay and focuses on building those skills and 2) Everest where climbers can build on their technical foundation with challenges and training games directed towards improving personal skills and fitness. Our instructors will place climbers in one of the two Seven Summit classes based on their climbing skill level. Program sessions last for 9 weeks (unless impacted by a holiday*) and take place on either Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 5:00-6:30pm. Price: $265  ($250 for Holiday). 

Yosemite Program Ages 12-18- Our Yosemite program teaches climbers new skills to build on their technical foundation and focuses on guided climbing with our team of coaches.  With more one-on-one coaching and an emphasis on goal setting, this is a great next step for climbers who have taken part in our Seven Summits program and are looking to take their climbing to the next level. Climbers enrolling in Yosemite should be proficient at belaying and tying their figure eight and keeper knots. Yosemite has two classes: 1) Camp 4 for ages 12-14 and 2) El Capitan for ages 15-18. Program sessions last for 9 weeks (unless impacted by a holiday*) and take place on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 6:30-8:00pm. Price: $265  ($250 for Holiday). 

Advanced Sessions: If your climber is enrolled in the Yosemite Program or Seven Summits and would like more advanced classes, they can (with a coaches recommendation) move into our advanced stream and attend 2 classes a week. They will have the extra time to practice climbing movement and build their technique repertoire with the help of our coaches. This is recommended if your climber is considering pursuing competitive climbing teams or programs. Contact Lisa at community@guelphgrotto.com if you are interested in enrolling your climber in the Advanced Sessions. 

*Sessions impacted by Holidays will run for 8 weeks, instead of the usual 9 and their price will reflect the fewer sessions.

Note: All prices include applicable taxes and climbing gear for the duration of any included membership. Programs can be paid for in full when you register, or you can call the gym (519-767-0838) to place a 30% deposit to hold the space. Deposits cannot be made through our online registration system. Full payment is required when classes start. 

Cancellation policy: Full refund if you cancel more than 7 days before the start of your program. If you cancel within 7 days or less than the start of your program, you will get a partial refund of 70% of the price of the program.