BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing 3

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 13/08/2014

The BMC are launching a new coach education workshop this autumn, developed by Katherine Schirrmacher and Tom Randall.

This course completes our trio of FUNdamentals workshops and is designed for coaches working with intermediate and advanced climbers.

Katherine and Tom developed the new workshop with input from other members of the FUNdamentals of Climbing delivery team. Some minor changes have also been made to the first two FUNdamentals workshops. Together, the three workshops develop fundamental themes in a progressive manner.  

The third FUNdamentals workshop is designed to educate coaches working with climbers demonstrating an an advanced level of climbing technique.  A coach working at this level should have a deep personal understanding of complex techniques and have high level observational skills to analyse a climber's movement.

This course will look at what happens to body positioning and movement when hand and footholds become worse, the angle steepens and dynamic movement is employed.

In order to get the most out of this workshop participants need to be able to onsight 6b and boulder up to V3 comfortably.

Participants also need to have attended the FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 and 2 workshop to attend this second workshop.

The learning outcomes for the Fundamentals 3 Workshop are that you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain key biomechanical  theory governing technical elements of climbing
  2. Design and evaluate activities to explain the theory and practice of dynamic movement
  3. Explain, demonstrate and evaluate the fundamental movement skills and principles of climbing specific to the terrain
  4. Select, use and evaluate technology enhanced learning applications to support coaching

This workshop would be appropriate CPD for coaches working with talented climbers and coaches progressing through Mountain Training's coaching scheme.

Please note you will need the following equipment on the day; harness, belay device, climbing shoes. Tablets and smartphones may be useful for notes and filming purposes.

Book online HERE

Workshop descriptor for the FUNdamentals 1, 2 & 3 workshops

Guidance notes for the FUNdamentals 1, 2 & 3 workshops

FUNdamentals of Climbing 3 workshop programme

Dates for all BMC workshops

Watch FUNdamentals 3 workshop on BMC TV:


Courses for indoor climbers making their first moves onto rock

Who are they for?

These courses are ideal for novice climbing club members, students, parents and individuals who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and wish to gain key safety skills at an excellent price. They may also be a good precursor for people contemplating the Single Pitch Award training. You should already know how to put on a harness and belay. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.

Under 18?: Check out our rock climbing courses for climbers aged 11-17 

What do the courses cover?

A variety of topics will be covered during the day as well as offering a fun taster to outdoor climbing. Topics may include:

  • Types of trad climbing equipment
  • Placing good protection
  • Building good belays
  • Using guidebooks
  • Seconding/top roping 

FIND OUT MORE: Ready to Rock Courses 2022

FIND OUT MORE: Women Ready To Rock Courses 2022

FIND OUT MORE: Outdoor Sport Climbing Courses for 11-17 year olds

FIND OUT MORE: Outdoor Trad Courses for 11-17 year olds


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