The Single Pitch Instructor Program is designed to enable instructors to ‘proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting’. The three day SPI course module covers all the required skills sets for managing a single pitch site from the base or top of the cliff where candidates can either access the top by non technical terrain or by leading.
Candidates for the Single Pitch Instructor course must:
- Have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
- Have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
- Be an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
- Have traditionally led a minimum of 15 rock climbing pitches (any grade).
- Be capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on top rope.
The above re-requisites are absolute minimums and most candidates exceed them. Without having at least this amount of experience one would be unlikely to play a constructive part in the course or be able to make the best use of the training. If you are unsure that your skill level meets these requirements, please contact us and we can help evaluate your experience level.
The American Mountain Guides Association is the nation’s premier organization of professional climbing and ski guides. The Single Pitch Instructor training course gives rock-climbing instructors proven techniques for introducing their clients to this exciting sport in a safe and inspiring manner. This is not a class on how to rock climb but rather a course for experienced climbers who are or aspire to be superior climbing instructors. We will cover site selection, risk management, teaching techniques, efficient anchor systems, rescue skills and many other relevant topics.
After completing the three-day SPI course, you may enroll in the two-day assessment. Upon successfully demonstrating the competencies presented in the SPI course you will be certified as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. This certification is nationally recognized and is being increasingly required by outdoor education institutions as a condition of employment as a rock-climbing instructor.
More about Single Pitch Instructor Program @ the AMGA website.