Member Benefits: Commercial Climbing gyms

Climbing Gyms are the lifeblood of the CWA

You are part of the largest segment of the Climbing Wall Association's membership.

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Why You Belong

Below are a small selection of hand-picked resources and reasons that you belong in the Climbing Wall Association.

  1. Business and Health Insurance

    Through two unique programs, the CWA helps protect both your business, and your employees. With a membership to the CWA, members get access to Monument Sports Insurance or ClimbInsure, which can help with virtually any issue in the industry. We also recently launched a health insurance program with our partners at Roundstone and Fred C. Church, which you also get access to.

  2. Industry Practices and Risk Management Resources

    Various committees, brought together by the CWA, inform safety standards as well as operational best practices. Anything from auto belay guidance to one-on-one help with standards in your gym, the CWA has the knowledge pool and muscle to help you find your way.

  3. Staff Certifications – Climbing Wall Instructor and Work at Height Certifications.

    Our certifications are recognized around the world for safety standards and education. The Climbing Wall Association works with gyms across the globe to facilitate these important classes that educate climbing wall workers. Learn more about them.

  4. ClimbSmart Education Campaign

    The ClimbSmart Education Campaign is specifically designed for your members. From health standards to auto-belay safety, the CWA designed and produced high-quality posters educating your members.

Indoor Climbing Gyms

Commercial climbing gyms are broken into the following 'Job Functions' under the Climbing Gym 'Business Type'. These are how we categorize different members of the climbing gym family.

  • Gym Owner
  • Programs (any level)
  • Routesetter (any level)
  • Gym Manager/Senior Manager
  • Coach/Trainer

Photos: The Front Climbing Club, The Spot, Movement RiNo,

Don't Miss Out: CWA Summit

The CWA Summit is an opportunity whether you're thinking of opening a gym or opening your fifth location. From networking to education to vendor/supplier buying, it's the premier event of the industry. Being a member gives you access to even more resources ahead of and after the Summit. You get exclusive member pricing by being part of the CWA community.

CWA Summit

  • The CWA Summit is attended by gyms big and small, across the globe. Learn from your peers, make new friends, and grow your professional network.
  • The CWA Summit is attended by vendors from all corners of the indoor climbing gym. Whether looking for unique holds, walls, or something entirely more unique, you can find a connection, and come home with the resources you need.
  • The CWA Summit has education sessions for every avenue of the indoor climbing industry. Routesetters, program managers, upper management; we have it all. Come with your ears open and eyes sharp, and leave with new tactics and inspiration for your community.

Benefits & Pricing for Commercial Climbing Gyms

Dues Structure
  • $450 annual dues
  • $100 initiation fee on startup
  • $100/location additional location fees
  • Access to CWA Member Business Insurance Program (US and Canada)
  • Access to CWA Member Health Insurance Program (US only)
  • Access to CWA Community Hub
  • Access to CWA Member Webinar Program
  • Access to discounts on the CWI Provider Program
  • Access to Merchant Advocate CWA Member Program to save on credit card processing fees
  • Discounted access to Dominion Payroll to help manage your human resource needs
  • Discounted background checks through S2Verify
  • Access to Outdoor Prolink (US and Canada) for all staff
  • Discounted event attendance for all staff
  • Discounts on all purchased publications and ClimbSmart posters
Standing Discounts
  • 5% off Wholesale on Nicros Handholds & Training Tools
  • 6% off EP Climbing Holds and Volumes
  • 15% discount on Atomik climbing holds

If your organization is already a member, you can log in or make an account to access your benefits!