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“All climbing and bouldering activities have a risk of serious injury or death. Participants must be aware of and accept that even if they follow all good practice there may still be the risk of accident and injury. It is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.”
It is important that you understand this document. There is inherent risk involved with climbing centres and associated activities. By signing this form, you are stating you understand that these risks cannot be completely removed. If you do not understand any of the terminology or content, ask a member of staff to clarify.
The personal information on this form will be retained to demonstrate that consent was sought for the child detailed above to take part in the specified activity(s). We will use the information provided to contact you in an emergency and ensure that staff delivering the sessions are aware of any medical or special support needs. We will not share your child’s personal information with any third parties. Blackpool Council is the Data Controller for the personal information you have provided in this form. The council’s data protection officer can be contacted at DPA@blackpool.gov.uk
For further information about how Blackpool Council uses your personal information, including your rights as a Data Subject.
The bouldering wall is the site of most injuries at a climbing wall. The soft matting does not remove the risk of injury. Injuries can still occur even after a controlled/planned jump but are more likely after an uncontrolled fall. You should always be doing your utmost to avoid the risk of uncontrolled falls. This includes paying attention to how you will land and always assessing the risk of each climb that you undertake.
Before you can use the top ropes or lead walls without supervision the centre expects you to be competent in the use of a climbing harness, a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and a belay device to secure a falling climber or lower a climber from the wall using a rope. This is assessed through a booked climbing wall induction. Before you can use the bouldering walls without supervision, you must be aware of safe bouldering practice through a bouldering wall induction. You are required to register to say that you know how to top rope, lead or boulder, that you are prepared to abide by the conditions of use of the centre and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who is not competent to climb unsupervised must be supervised by a competent inducted person.
An adult who has registered at the centre and proved competency through the induction process, may supervise up to two novice climbers, as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people.Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding the relevant valid Mountain Training qualification, valid First Aid qualification, and insurance.
Under 18yrs.All children in the centre must be supervised by an adult unless they have been assessed by the climbing team on completion of the NICAS Level 4 course and registered through the appropriate indirect supervision form CB009.
The conditions of use of the climbing centre are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities; they are part of the duty of care that we, as operators, owe to you, the customer, by law. As such, they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them then the staff may ask you to leave.
You have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre, follow good practice and abide by the conditions of use of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use of equipment and climbing areas.
All children in the centre must be supervised by an adult unless they have been assessed by the centre and registered for unsupervised climbing.
As a user of this climbing wall, you must be aware of and accept the following:
The impact flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for the climbers falling or jumping from the bouldering wall.
Impact flooring does not remove the risk of injury, but is designed to reduce the serverity of these injuries.
Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.