Interested in climbing but not sure where to start? Here are a few tips that will help you to embrace the world of rock climbing. If I forgot about something, please drop me an email and I will answer all your questions.

  • 1. Why climbing is good for you?

     It’s good for your mind, body, and trust me your partner will love your body even more.

  • 2. Is climbing for me?

    When I started climbing I had the same question. Very quickly I realized this is the best thing ever.  Climbing is a very inclusive activity no matter what your pals are saying. I am a great believer that everyone should have a chance to climb at least once in a lifetime, which essentially is enough to get you addicted to this sport. I am sure you will love it.

  • 3. Is climbing dangerous?

    Climbing can be a dangerous activity and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage o specialized equipment is crucial for your safety. Therefore it is recommended that you only learn from a rock climbing instructor who is qualified to do so…..ehhh ehhhh like me 😉

  • 4. Do I have to be fit to try climbing?

    If you are ”strong enough” to spend all day sitting on your bum watching TV or scrolling down Facebook wall, then YES, you are perfect material for a rock climber. Come and join me. I’ll get you high…

  • 5. Do I need my own climbing equipment to attend your workshops?

    Harness, belay device, chalk bag, carabiners, ropes etc The list is long and climbing gear is expensive. Luckily you don’t have to own it if you wish to attend my courses. The only thing you will need is a pair of shoes (ideally sneakers) and a positive attitude. 

  • 6. I have a disability. Can I climb?

    It may not look like but climbing is, in fact, a very inclusive sport. Simply watch a story of Philippe Bibiere or Urko Carmona, get inspired, and give me a bell. I will tailor my classes to your needs and abilities.

  • 7. Are you insured?

     Yes, Climbing Dojo is a legal entity and has public liability insurance up to £5 000 000.

  • 8. Child Safeguarding Statement

    Climbing Dojo provides a range of mountaineering and rock climbing activities and opportunities for young people through structured courses, bespoke workshops, events, and 1:1 coaching.


    Climbing Dojo is committed to safeguarding children as well as supports and adapts Mountaineering Ireland’s child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures (2015). All our staff and volunteers, who are working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to grow and develop.


    Climbing Dojo will also support and undertake a written Risk Assessment document that indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the required policy, guidance or process documents require to alleviate these risks.  The list of risks identified are contained in the following categories: Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications; and General Risk of Harm.

    The Risk Assessment was undertaken on 5th March 2018. By Leman Lemanski of Climbing Dojo.


    Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice and the Children (NI) Order 1995 and subsequent Guidance. In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.


    Climbing Dojo has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Policies:


    • Procedures for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities.
    • Procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities.
    • Procedures for access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
    • Procedure for reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities.

    The Mandated/Relevant Person for Climbing Dojo is Leman Lemanski.


    We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process and we are committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our activities.

    This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on 10th January 2020


    Safeguarding Process


    Climbing Dojo follows Mountaineering Ireland’s safe recruitment procedures in the case of all instructors working with children and vulnerable adults. To view the Mountaineering Ireland Safeguarding Policy, please click here.

    The process ensures that all instructors provide referees to vouch for their character and credentials, and undergo a background check.


    1. Complete the Mountaineering Ireland Volunteer/Provider Application Form and return to Mountaineering Ireland at the relevant address below:

    2. The complete code of conduct form for Adults/Leaders/Volunteers or Parents/Guardians or Providers

    3 Complete the Garda Vetting process or those living in Northern Ireland, the Access NI process – please see Access NI Guidance Notes below.


    Garda Vetting

    In the Republic of Ireland, background checks are carried out by the National Vetting Bureau. All our staff and freelance instructors are required to be Garda vetted through Mountaineering Ireland, which is an authorised organisation.



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