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Classes

Beginner Classes

Get ready for rock climbing! The Drexel Recreation Center offers rock climbing beginner classes at the Climbing Wall.

Try-A-Climb Classes

The Recreation Center offers free informational climbing classes where members will learn how to put on a harness and practice climbing. Try-A-Climb classes are every hour on the hour. Please reserve a time at the Climbing Wall.

Learn To Climb

Two-hour class/One day class – Maximum of 6

Learn to climb and belay using a top-rope system. Some skills members will learn including safety practices, basic climbing knots, belay technique, equipment and terminology. At the end of the course members will have the necessary skills to complete the belay certification. No experience is necessary and the equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • To understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing.
  • To identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including a harness, a locking carabiner, a belay device, a ground anchor, etc.
  • Proficiency with tying a figure eight retrace knot.
  • Climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands.
  • The principles of belaying.
  • How climbing routes are graded (to determine the difficulty of a climb)

Weekly classes are held:

  • Tuesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 4 – 6 p.m. (Not offered during Summer)

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25

Belay Certification

In order to belay at the Recreation Center, members must first pass a belay test demonstrating competency in applying a harness, tying a figure-eight retrace knot, and belaying. Seasoned climbers may request to be belay certified during open climbing hours. Note: Climbing wall staff may not always be available to belay.

  • Top Rope Belay Certification: A demonstration of belaying competency is required in order to belay. People who do not know how to belay are encouraged to enroll in our Learn to Climb Class or schedule a Private Climbing Class to learn to belay. Certification is free of charge to members.
  • Lead Climbing Belaying Certification: A demonstration of competency is required in order to lead climb and belay. Certification is free of charge to members.

Women Who Rock

The Climbing Wall sponsors the Women Who Rock program, completely free! This program provides free rock climbing instruction for women, the same as you would receive in the "Learn to Climb" class. Women Who Rock encourages women to climb at our facilities and gain awareness of rock climbing. This is offered during the Fall and Spring Terms. Please see climbing wall for specifics dates.

What you will learn:

  • To understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing
  • To identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including a harness, a locking carabiner, a belay device, a ground anchor, etc.
  • Proficiency with tying a figure eight retrace knot
  • Climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands
  • The principles of belaying
  • How climbing routes are graded (to determine the difficulty of a climb)


Intermediate Classes

Intermediate Technique & Movement Course

Two-week course - 1.5 hour class/ One day a week/ 2 weeks - Maximum of 6

Learn to move beyond your limits with this intermediate rock climbing course. Defy gravity focusing on body positioning, conserving strength, and visualizing your sequence to the top. Prerequisite: Belay certification. Equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • How to safely spot a climber when bouldering. It's a team sport.
  • Weight shift and resting techniques to conserve strength.
  • Proper footwork including foot matching, smearing and more.
  • Types of hand holds and how to position your body for maximum reach.
  • Visualization of a climbing sequence.
  • Strength training principles to improve power and endurance.

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25


Advanced Classes

Learn the tricks to climbing harder than the average climber, to push top grade, or simply to understand what the pros know. Prerequisite: 1 year climbing experience, Belay certification, and ability to climb V2 comfortably. Equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • How to safely spot a climber when bouldering. It's a team sport.
  • Advanced footwork including drop knee, heel hooking, and more.
  • Advanced hand positions.
  • Visualization and working the crux of a climbing sequence.
  • Visualization of a climbing sequence.
  • Strength training principles to improve power and endurance.

Drexel Student: $20
Recreation Center Member: $25
Non-Member: $40

Indoor Lead Climbing Course:

Two-week course – 2 hour class/ One day a week/ 2 weeks - Maximum of 4

Tie into the sharp end and learn to safely and efficiently lead an indoor sport climb. Transition from learning techniques with the safety of a top rope (aka mock leading). Complete a first lead climb.

This course will be taught by an AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) or PCIA (Professional Climbing Instructors' Association) certified climbing instructor. At the end of the course members will have the necessary skills to complete the lead climbing certification at Drexel. Prerequisite: 1 year climbing experience, Belay certification, and ability to climb 5.8 comfortably. Equipment is provided.

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25

What you will learn:

  • How to belay a lead climber with both an ATC and Gri Gri.
  • Techniques for safe clipping.
  • Evaluating fall forces and minimizing risk.
  • Building a 2 bolt sport anchor.
  • Catching a lead fall.

Cancellation Policy

Classes are non-refundable.

For more information, contact Climbing Wall and Experiential Learning Program at outdooradventure@drexel.edu or 215-571-3778.