Rock Climbing

This page provides information on the Climbing Center at UWF Recreation & Wellness, including a list of FAQs.


Instruction

The UWF Climbing Center is located on the lower floor of the HLS Facility (Bldg 72) near the center of the building and projects up into the second floor.  Use of the Climbing Center is FREE to all Rec Center members.  Harnesses, belay devices, carabiners, and climbing shoes are available for check-out at the Climbing Center FREE of charge.  Just present your Nautilus card, and our instructors will get you all the equipment you need. Outdoor Adventure climbing instructors are there to assist you. 

Click the button to view our frequently asked questions.  Instruction is offered on a regular basis in the areas of open climbing and group services.

Climbing Wall FAQs

Construction

The climbing center is a state-of-the-art, indoor climbing wall accommodating all abilities and experience levels. At 36 ft. tall, it has plenty of challenge for everyone. There is 1500 sq. ft of climbing space with 8 top-ropes as well as additional bouldering only space. Routes and problems are changed regularly to provide new and exciting challenges for all participants.

Access

Participants must have access to the HLS Facility to participate in Open Climb. The Climbing Center does honor the HLS Facility guest policy. Click the button for details on the Facility Admittance Policies.

Facility Admittance Policies

SUMMER Climbing Center Hours - Monday - Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (Open Climb)

Indoor Climbing Center Hours - Fall/Spring
DayTime
Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Boulder Only)
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm (Open Climb)
Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Open Climb)
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Open Climb)

Informed Consent

Follow this link to view/download the Climbing Center Consent Form.

Rockwall Certification Process

Participants are given one introductory top-rope climb with a staff belayer, after which they are encouraged to proceed with our belay certification process. For beginners, this starts with the instruction Climbing Clinic. On a different day from any instruction, a participant can request a belay test, which assesses skills to belay a climber. Once the belay test is passed, the participant becomes a beginner belayer, allowing them to belay a climber as long as they have a staff belay check and a backup belayer. After five successful days of skill checks, the beginner belayer becomes a certified belayer with the University of West Florida Outdoor Adventure Program and no longer needing a staff belay check or a backup belayer prior to belaying.  

To help ensure consistent belay certification standards, we ask certified belayers to recertify annually by completing an additional one-time belay test for each new academic school year participants climbing with us.