Climber's Rock » 5155 Harvester Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 6V2


Established in 2010, our Youth Climbing Academy is a developmental climbing program for youth aged 4 to17 built around two fundamental benefits of sport: FUN and FITNESS. Whether students continue on as recreational climbers or go on to become world-class competitive athletes, we believe that climbing in any form contributes to happier, healthy living.


Before registering your child for a youth program and/or trying rock climbing for the first time, it is important to understand:

What an indoor rock climbing gym is and is not


3-Month Youth Climbing Programs


Autumn: Oct / Nov / Dec

Winter: Jan / Feb / Mar

Spring: Apr / May / June

Summer: Jul / Aug / Sept


Youth Climbing @Climber's Rock

Our Youth Bolder Lab has over 1,000 sq. ft. of youth-only bouldering walls, separate bathrooms/changerooms, and side entrance available for drop off and pick up.

Our Top Rope Alley is tucked away (next to the main gym) and features top rope and autobelay routes for a wide range of climbers.


Academy Tykes (Ages 4 to 6)

Academy Tykes is designed to focus primarily on the ABC's (Agility, Balance and Control) of gross motor development. Participants will learn about physical coordination and body awareness through age and height appropriate climbing games and activities.

Weekly activities explore new movements and skills through organized play and help build physical confidence and social skills in a safe environment.

Price: $250 +hst per session (3 months)

Includes: Registration + Weekly Lessons (no membership)

Payment is required to secure a spot for a weekly scheduled lesson time. See FAQ (below) for cancellation and refund options.

Optional: 3 Month Youth Climbing Membership $100 +hst

Payment for optional membership is due before session begins.

3 Month Academy Tykes Session Includes:

  • one 90 minute class each week led by our Academy Coaches

  • optional membership allows access to Youth Lab (for bouldering) and Top Rope Alley (for route climbing) during scheduled Youth Climbing hours

Please Note: Youth must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times when not climbing with our Academy Coaches.


Academy Start (Ages 7 to 13)

Let the fun begin! Academy Start is all about getting new climbers on the wall as much as possible.

Our coaches introduce students to different types of holds and explore movement techniques through fun games and activities. By engaging and supporting students in exciting challenges, we encourage teamwork and sportsmanship for new climbers of all ages.

Price: $250 +hst per session (3 months)

Includes: Registration + Weekly Lessons (no membership)

Payment is required to secure a spot for a weekly scheduled lesson time. See FAQ (below) for cancellation and refund options.

Optional: 3 Month Youth Climbing Membership $100 +hst

Payment for optional membership is due before session begins.

3 Month Academy Start Session Includes:

  • one 90 minute class each week led by our Academy Coaches

  • optional membership allows access to Youth Lab (for bouldering) and Top Rope Alley (for route climbing) during scheduled Youth Climbing hours plus access to climbing in main gym if/when participants become belay certified

Please Note: Participants who are not yet belay certified must be supervised by an adult at all times when not climbing with our Academy Coaches.


Academy Plus (Ages 7 to 13)

Academy Plus focuses on learning new climbing techniques and gaining more physical control on the wall. Students will also learn to belay and demonstrate high levels of safety and etiquette when climbing. New challenges will be explored and confidence gained through supportive teamwork and a variety of games and exercises.

Price: $350 +hst per session (3 months)

Includes Registration + Weekly Lessons + 3 Month Membership

3 Month Academy Plus Session Includes:

  • one 90 minute class each week led by our Academy Coaches

  • access to Youth Lab (for bouldering) and Top Rope Alley (for route climbing) during scheduled Youth Climbing hours plus access to climbing in main gym for participants who are belay certified

Please Note: Participants who are not yet belay certified must be supervised by an adult at all times when not climbing with our Academy Coaches.


Academy Focus (Ages 9 to 13) - By Invitation Only

Academy Focus is designed for climbers who are ready to take the next step towards competition climbing, coaching, or route setting. Focus classes are for students who wish to pursue a spot on one of our competitive teams, or become a youth climbing coach or learn more about what route setting is all about.

Participants will expand their climbing vocabulary repertoire, while staying engaged in age-appropriate climbing games and activities. As they gain experience, participants are supported by their coaches in a more self-directed curriculum, building skills of initiative and taking ownership for their learning. Climbers will stay engaged with new and classic climbing games and exercises.

Students who show signs of the dedication, focus, and a self-driven attitude required to become a top-level climber may also participate in more advanced, regimented practices. They receive a higher level of coaching feedback including specific movements and techniques, as well as an introduction to the world of competition climbing which focuses on efficiency, accuracy, and mental preparation.

Price: $150 +hst per month

Includes climbing gym membership plus two 120 minute classes each week

Varsity Rec (Ages 14 to 17)

Varsity is weekly group of teenage climbers looking to engage with new friends through an exciting sport. Our coaches will climb with participants and help ensure a positive atmosphere. A little bit of training, expanding skills, pushing themselves, and sometimes goofing off and good laughs come together to create a strong community bond.

Price: $95 +hst per month

Includes climbing gym membership plus one 90 minute class each week.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

My child has never climbed before - can I sign them up?

Absolutely! Our classes cater to climbers of all skill levels - from absolute beginner to seasoned crusher. Climbing is inherently individual - that means even during our awesome group activities, the level of challenge being offered can be tailored to each individual climber in a class. We have specifically designed our program that way to be beneficial to everyone from first time enrolees to repeat registrants.

How do I know which program to choose?

If your child has never climbed before, Academy Start is recommended. Once your child has been evaluated by our coaching staff, we can recommend future classes based on each individual's skills and interests. With the help of our seasoned coaches, every climber will be challenged and will be capable of seeing improvement in any of our classes.

What is included with the optional Youth Climbing Membership?

Academy participants can sign up for an optional Youth Climbing Membership during their Academy Session. With the membership, they will have access to the Youth Lab for bouldering and Alley for routes during scheduled Youth Climbing Hours.

Important: To help avoid climbing accidents, collisions, and injuries, climbers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

Parents can sign up for our Top Rope Belay Lesson (only $8 - no climbing required) and learn how to work the ropes for their kids. Once certified, parents can belay for their kids during Youth Climbing Hours in our Top Rope Alley.

Parents with their own membership who are belay certified may also belay for their kids in the main gym.

My chosen class or time slot is full this session. What are my options?

Class sizes are set based on set student/coach ratios. If a class or time slot is full, you may add your child's name to a wait list by contacting academy@climbersrock.com. Additional coaches, time slots, and/or classes may be added to the schedule depending on interest.

What should my climber wear to classes?

We provide all climbing gear that your climber will need during class (shoes, harness, chalk bag). We recommend wearing light layers (the gym is kept cool, but climbing warms you up quickly), and don't forget socks and a water bottle!

Can I cancel my child's Academy Registration?

Yes, you can cancel your child's participation in an Academy session. Please Note - Due to limited space and fixed costs for our youth programs, a $25 non-refundable Registration Fee is included in the price to secure a spot in an Academy session.

  • Full price minus Registration Fee is eligible for refund if registration is cancelled in writing before the session begins

  • Half price (50%) minus Registration Fee is eligible for refund if registration is cancelled in writing during first month of session

  • No refund is available after the end of the first month

Cancellation in writing can be sent by email to academy@climbersrock.com. Please include your name, your child's name, and the day & time of the class your child is registered for (e.g. 4:30 Monday Tykes).

Cancellation will be effective on or after the date a cancellation email is received.

Climber's Rock » 5155 Harvester Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 6V2