The Anthony Bowen YMCA Belay Certification Test is to make sure that all climbers can safely belay and climb in the Rock Gym. The minimum age to belay in the facility is 13. Everyone must pass the Belay Certification Test in order to belay.

The Belay Certification Test will require a climber to successfully demonstrate these procedures:

1. Put on a harness and tie into the harness using a Figure Eight Retrace knot with a backup.

2. Put the rope “on belay”.

3. Perform pre-climbing checks and commands.

4.  Effectively belay while the brake hand is maintained on the rope at all times. Catch simulated falls and demonstrate proper lowering technique.

If you need to learn these procedures they are safely taught in our introduction to climbing classes such as “learning the Ropes” Course.