Climbing Wall Instructor Course
December 1st through December 17th 2021
*There are no grace periods given for the below due dates
December 1st Application materials uploaded
December 2nd Climbing and belay video due
December 2nd Written exam due
December 6th 10am MT - Attend Mandatory group discussion
December 10th 10am MT - Attend Mandatory group discussion
December; Teaching video due
December 13th-17th Individual exit interviews
Use these materials to familiarize yourself with the CWI program and the indoor climbing industry's recomended risk management guidance. These documents will help you in your day to day work and help answer some of the questions on the written test for this course.
Due by December 1st
Upload Climbing Video
Due by December 2nd
Your climbing video should be no longer than 10 minutes and provide enough information to evaluate your climbing and belaying ability. In this video you will climb first and then you will belay as your partner climbs. Climb your chosen route without falling, and catch a fall when your partner is climbing. You should move through the tie in, partner check, climbing, and belaying steps efficiently.
- Position the camera far enough back to see the belayer and at least the first three clips of a lead climb, or the first 15 feet or 5 meters of a top rope climb. You do not need to move the camera or provide closeups.
- Demonstrate your climbing ability:
- Pick a challenging 5.8 Top Rope or 5.7 Lead route
- Tying in
- The partner check
- Demonstrate your belay ability:
- Preparing the rope
- Setting up your belay device
- The partner check
- Belay technique, including catching a fall and lowering
Review this online learning module and then complete the written test.
Written Test due December 2nd
Attend the Discussions
December 6th 10am MT
December 10th 10am MT
Be prepared to discuss your experiences with climbers, customers, and colleagues. Sharing our experiences helps to reinforce the learning outcomes for the CWI Course.
Day 1 Discussion
Upload Teaching Video
Due by December 10th
Your teaching video should be no longer than 10 minutes and use the activity plan that you developed earlier in this course as a guide for your instruction. The video should provide enough information to evaluate your teaching ability. Teach your course or perform an orientation with a climber, or group of climbers, as you normally would.
- Position the camera far enough back to see the instructor and students and make sure that all conversations can be heard in the audio of thevideo. You do not need to move the camera or provide closeups.
- Demonstrate teaching competencies:
- Include more than one teaching style. i.e. Demonstration, description, experiential, trial and error, or guided discovery
- Develop mastery through constructive feedback, practice, and repetition
- Make sure that all members of the group are engaged when appropriate
- Support the well-being of participants
- Demonstrate your risk awareness and management:
- Pick an appropriate space for your class
- Stay aware of participants at all times
- Provide backup belays where necessary
- Keep students within the limits of their skill and knowledge