Youth Climbing Courses (ages 6-18)

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season!

Registration will open on Saturday August 29th!

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to our operational structure, we have changed how the youth program will run this year. We will be running FOUR sessions of 10-week durations. Youth, with their parents, can decide if they would prefer to have classes once or twice a week; each class is two hours in duration (excepting the 6 & 7-year-olds). 

Youth Climbing Course sessions include both one-on-one scheduled instructor time where each climber has an instructor all to themselves to help them progress on whichever climb or level they have chosen to work on; and group sessions, where climbers are split into groups of similar ability to work on a specific drill/technique/activity suitable for their ability. There is also a specific lesson/drill portion of each session, where Coyote Rock Gym coaches teach a set of specific techniques or run drills/exercises to practice them. Sessions all end with a final round of stretches. On weekends, sessions run a bit differently: we open the gym up early for the youth program (so we have the gym all to ourselves until eleven) and combine two youth groups at once with a few extra instructors to help.

Our instructors have lots of experience working with kids of all ages. We have a whole crew of strong climbers that help us carry out the lessons/drills and helping the kids one-on-one. The Youth Program coaching team is made up of the gym’s staff,  regular gym members, and older members from our youth competitive team. There’s a great mix of styles and experience for the kids to draw from.

2020/2021 Youth Program Schedule & Pricing*  


Beginner – Ranges from no experience with climbing to less than one year of coaching.

These young climbers are learning etiquette, safety in climbing and falling and how to identify hazards.

They are learning basic movements skills that help them to get up and down a boulder safely, concepts surrounding points of contact, balance, push versus pull, foot placements and using the power of our legs first.

Terminology is the basis of this program – learning how to communicate with coaches and other climbers enables the best learning possible. They will learn all the hold types and begin to show an understanding of how to best use them. They will be able to identify and name 5 basic movement skills of climbing (back step, step through, high step, pivot and drop knee).

We will discuss the grading system that we use in the gym and how this compares to the use of the V-scale used in outdoor bouldering.

Warming up and Cooling down are the most basic principles of injury prevention so we cover a series of different exercises that allows these climbers to safely climb without a coach while at the gym.

Kids will be working on breathing while climbing to help with fear management and improved performance. 

These kids will understand how their shoes are meant to fit, understand the benefits of using chalk, when and how to brush holds. 

These kids will be able to climb all the white and orange level problems in our gym during one class demonstrating their understanding of all the above listed learning outcomes. 

Intermediate – A year or greater of climbing classes, good working understanding of basic terminology, concepts, and skills as well as how to apply them to their climbing.

These youth are going to learn more specific warming-up and cooling down techniques and be introduced to mobility drills that are specific to climbing. Mobility drills will be integrated into the warm-up and used throughout the classes. 

Terminology advances to being able to identify in a problem and name 10 climbing movement skills (the five listed above plus dynos, dead points, flagging, heel hooks, toe hooks and deep drop-knee)

How to set up and move out of these newly acquired skills on varied terrain and with varied hold types, how to use your breathe to initiate movement, find rest positions while on the wall.

Intermediate level climbers will begin learning how to read and solve problems by breaking it down into sections and reading from them from bottom up and top down. 

These youth start to be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the gym’s grading system, how to pick problems that are suited to their skills and areas of improvement. 

These kids have a good grasp on fundamental movements skills, understand how to vary points of contact specific to skills, energy conservation (aka straight arms, move from the legs, proper body positioning), and can demonstrate use all their fundamental skills on three different wall angles as well as identify and demonstrate their more advanced skills on coach selected climbs on green wall or backfill. 

These kids should be able to climb all the white and orange level problems as well as 10 coach selected red problems that demonstrate the progression of skills in their climbing. 

Advanced – Kids that are ready to be challenged, have been in the program for several years, have learned and can make use of the basic concepts of climbing as well as all the beginner and intermediate skills previously learned. 

These kids will be learning more about the direction of falls, risk management, spotting and safe landing zones as well as how this integrates into gym safety and the rules governing our specific facility. 

These kids will acquire advanced skills, energy system training, refine their fundamentals for use on steeper and steeper terrain and demonstrate a thorough understanding and use of various warm-up and cool down exercises/activities.

These kids should be able to explain the difference between power, endurance and power-endurance training and explain various drills that are used to effective train the various energy systems predominantly used in climbing. 

These youth will be undertaking intense physical training that aids in injury prevention, builds tendon strength, and advances their fitness knowledge for lifelong health. 

These kids will enter into the realm of competition style climbing, learning all about the use of volumes and the skills associated with slab style problems. 

These kids will need to be able to climb 50 problem in a class of increasing difficulty and complexity in order to complete this level. Kids do not need to work toward this certification however their classes will be geared toward those who are hoping to become certify.

We will track certifications in our system and work to ensure that youth are properly placed. 

You will find links to registration below:

6 & 7 year old options – Monday/Friday 5 to 630 pm. Link to registration click here.

8 to 10-year-old options – Wednesday 430 to 630pm, Saturday/Sunday 9 am to 11 am. Link to registration click here.

11 to 13-year-old options – Tuesday/Thursday 430 to 630 pm, Saturday/Sunday 11 am to 1 pm. Link to registration click here.

14 to 18-year-olds – Monday through Friday 700 to 900 pm.

For 14 to 18-year olds Once a Week (Currently Wednesday only, contact us for additional option). Link to registration here.

For 14 to 18-year-olds Twice a Week (Currently Tuesdays and Thursdays only, contact us for additional options). Link to registration here.

Cost of the program is $300 if your child is climbing 1x per week, and $399 if climbing 2x per week (these costs include HST).

This year, we are not including rental shoes, chalk, or membership, a rental harness will still be included.

Shoe Rental per session $30 (including tax)

Membership per session $70 (including tax)

Liquid Chalk can be purchased for $20

If you are having any issues with registration, please complete the forms and then email and Laura will be sure to get back to you. If you were registered for session 3 of last year, you will have a credit applied to your account, this means your first session of the year will come at no cost and will include all the bells and whistles of last year. 

Pre competitive  ages 8-18 // two or three times a week

If you have a child who has been in the Youth Program previously and is interested in competing or just refining their skills then this could be what you’re looking for.  Try-outs for the pre-competitive team are held each May, this is an opportunity for coaches to get to know the kids, and group them according to age, skill, and mental fortitude. Email for more information. 

We were not able to do a try-out this year, which means we are opening up registration for the pre-competitive program to any kids interested in taking their learning and skill set to the next level and who may be interested in competing. Cut-offs to the team will be made based on how many coaches we have available – we appreciate your understanding in this matter. 

2x/week – $2000 

One weekday class of 2.5-hour duration and one weekend class of 4-hour duration. 

3x/week – $2400

Two-weekday classes of 2.5-hour duration and one weekend class of 4-hour duration.


If your child has not visited our gym before, you will need to make sure to fill out an online waiver before completing the registration form. We cannot accept payment or complete the registration without a valid waiver form in our system. 

Please note, once the session has started, we do not issue refunds for any reason. Special circumstances will allow for a credit to your account or transfer to the next session. You can withdraw from the course anytime up to two weeks before classes start and we will issue a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.

Session Start Dates

Session 1 – September 8th

Session 2 – November 17th

Session 3 – February 9th

Session 4 – April 20th

Special Notes

Class sizes are capped at 10 to 12 youth depending on the age group. 

You will be expected to leave your children at the gym with us, parents WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE BUILDING. We have regulations on capacity that need to be maintained in order to keep our community safe. 

ALL YOUTH will be expected to wear a mask while at the gym as dictated by Ottawa Public Health. WEARING INDOOR SHOES when taking a break from your climbing shoes is also now mandatory as well as liquid chalk. This can be shared between classmates 

PARENTS cannot be late picking up their kids from class as our staff needs to clean in between two-hour time slots and then get the next group ready for entry. We ask that you wait outside in your car for the coach to escort the kids out, watch the door for your child, and give us a wave when you see us.