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(SNCS Level 3) Sports Climbing Course Level 3

Our Sports Climbing Level 3 Certification is certified under Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS)

Ever watch videos of climbers climbing the extremely high natural rock wall? And wondering how do they go up? That is what you will learn in this course. You will need to harness the knowledge of Multi-pitch climbing before you proceed to your big wall adventure!

Course Code: SCCL3
Course Duration: 14 hours or 2 sessions of 7 hours
Prerequisite: At least 13 years of age, Sports Climbing Course Level Two certified & SNAS Level 1 certified

Sports Climbing Level 3 introduces the techniques of climbing bolted multi-pitch routes safely.


This course is designed as a follow-on from the Sports Climbing Course Level 2 and Abseiling Level 1 or equivalent. This course builds on Lead Climbing Skills to advanced rope skills for safe anchor construction and rope management from suspended belay positions. Participants on this course should be confident in all the techniques covered at Level Two before undertaking this more advanced level course.


Lead Climbing

  • Artificial Climbing Walls vs Natural Rocks
  • Types of protection points
  • Multi-pitch climbing

Introducing Equipment for Multi-Pitch Climb (usage, care, limitation)

  • Dynamic ropes – Single/Half/Twin
  • Accessory Cords/Prusiks (various diameters)
  • Quickdraws
  • Slings (Runners) / Tapes (safety slings, extension as Runners, anchors)
  • Belay devices
  • Circular descending devices (e.g. Figure-of-8, Harpoon)
  • Planular descending devices (e.g. Sticht Plate)
  • Tubular descending devices (e.g. ATC)
  • In-Line adjustable devices (e.g. Rack)
  • Auto-locking descending devices (e.g. GriGri, Cinch, Stop)

Knots & Hitches (usage, limitation, dressing)

  • Double Figure of 8 knot with double bight
  • Friction knots (Standard/Classic, Klemheist, French)
  • Overhand knot
  • Clove Hitch
  • Italian Hitch (Munter)

Anchor System

  • Criteria for anchors
  • Types of anchors (Self-equalized, Isolated/Static, Rope anchors)

Multi-Pitch Climb

  • Leading & seconding – changeover
  • Setting up anchors (using slings/tapes, ropes)
  • Belaying (direct & indirect)
  • Pre-climb checks
  • Climbing commands
  • Safety considerations –anchors, fall factor, buddy check

Understanding risk involving multi-pitch climbing


  • Abseil with backup (auto-block)
  • Counter-balance abseil
  • Stack abseil

Ascending on ropes (prusiking)

Course Review

  • Suggestions for further advancement
  • General discussion and feedback

Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements

  • Setup anchor system for multi-pitch climb
  • Belaying a climber using both direct & indirect belay system
  • Lead climb changeover to abseil with backup
  • Ascending on ropes
  • Conduct proper pre-climb checks
  • Correct use of climbing calls
  • Safe equipment handling

What do you need to bring to the course?

If you have your own climbing gear, it will be good to use your own climbing gear. So you will get familiar with it. If you do not have any climbing gear, don’t worry about it! We will provide you with all necessary equipment, such as Climbing harness, Climbing Shoes, Belay Devices, extra carabiners, slings, Personal Anchor Device (PAS).

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