Full Day Rock Climbing Course in Sussex

Warning: rock climbing may be addictive.

Wondering what it takes to go from zero to outdoor rock climber? The answer may surprise you: just one full, glorious day.

In this course, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started on your rock climbing journey. Our syllabus covers how to tie onto the rope, how to safely belay your climbing buddy, the techniques you’ll need to climb your first outdoor wall, as well as the fascinating history of the sport.

With a full day on our hands, we’ll be able to slowly increase the difficulty of your climbing routes while also making sure they’re suitable to your experience.

Since 2005, we’ve taught hundreds of aspiring climbers how to take their first vertical steps outdoors. We’re passionate about introducing newcomers to the sport in a way that is inclusive, warm and welcoming.

The course takes place at Harrison’s Rocks. It’s a short 45-minute drive from both Brighton and London, making it an ideal spot for a day out: both for the climbing and the scenery.



March to October



Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To teach the key rock climbing and belaying techniques needed to get started in this fantastic sport and to look at personal climbing skills.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for first-time climbers, as well as anyone who’s ever tried climbing or bouldering indoors. We’ll provide you with all the equipment you need and teach you the basics of climbing.


A reasonable level of fitness is required.


Group bookings can be arranged:

£110pp (Group Size 4-6)
£107pp (Group Size 7-8)
£104pp (Group Size 9-10)
£101pp (Group Size 11-12)
£98pp (Group Size 13-15)
£95pp (Group Size 16-18)

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The course starts with an introduction and safety briefing from our climbing instructors. We then head to the rocks for some warm up bouldering problems. Your instructors will then show you how to fit your climbing harness and helmet. Then comes the techy part as we teach you how to tie your climbing knots and learn how to belay each other.

Once the basics are learnt the fun really begins as you scale the 30-40ft rocks! You’ll learn about correct climbing technique and experience some great sandstone climbs at Harrison's rocks.

As the day progresses we'll introduce more climbing techniques and skills, and challenge you on a range of different climbs from slab climbs, vertical climbs, crack climbs and even overhanging climbs!

Skills Covered

  • Safety awareness
  • Knots
  • Belaying
  • Bouldering
  • Climbing techniques
  • Hand and foot techniques
  • Body positions
  • Route grades
  • Climbing etiquette
  • Climbing history

Climbing sessions are run at Harrison's Rocks on the Sussex and Kent boarder


Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Rock boots
  • Belaying device and karabiners

Equipment needed

For all outdoor climbing courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Comfortable clothing, suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Trainers**
  • Rucksack
  • Packed lunch and plenty of water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry.

**Please wear soft-soled shoes such as trainers; you are not permitted to wear walking boots etc. as these damage the rocks. Please remember that the rocks are a short distance from the car park so it's important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack, leaving space for climbing equipment.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.