Reach New Heights at the Y

The YMCA provides exciting opportunities for kids, families and group to discover the thrills of climbing and bouldering.

Find A Climbing Class

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Climbing Classes (ages 4+)

Learn the basics of climbing or progress to advanced climbing techniques. New classes begin at the start of each month. Each class session lasts 45 minutes. Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Pre-registration is required. 

  • Level 1 – Beginning Climbers
  • Level 2 – Intermediate Climbers
  • Level 3 – Advanced Climbers

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Belay Certification (ages 11+)

Members receive belay certification after completing a two-hour class and passing a retention check at a later date. Pre-registration is required. Min 2/max 6 people.

Auto Belay Certification (ages 11+)

Members receive auto belay certification after completing a 30-minute class and passing a retention check at a later date. Pre-registration is required.

Lead Climbing Certification (ages 15+)

Members receive lead Climbing certification after completing a two to three hour class and passing a retention check at a later date. Classes meet by appointment only.  Min 2/max 6 people. Pre-registration is required. 

Retention Checks & Recertification

An annual recertification check is required for all Belayers. Pre-registration is required.

Staff Belay (ages 4+)

No certification? No problem! Our certified YMCA Staff will be available to belay climbers.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Try a private climbing class. Classes are tailored to the individual needs and ability of each participant. Call the Andover, North or Northwest YMCA to get started.

Y Members Save on Programs

When you join the Y, you gain access to all 10 full-service YMCAs and their amenities. PLUS, members save on everything from personal training and child care to programs like swim lessons, dance classes and sports!