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I am Pete Edwards and I run the rock climbing coaching business Prowess Climbing Coaching. To see more about the Courses I run, please click here. To book now, please click here.

Our courses

PCC currently offers a bespoke service of courses to suit each individual student. The company is based in North Wales but travel is possible, subject to availability and travel expenses being covered. There are currently three available walls in the local area and outdoor sessions are possible, with discussion.

Some examples of potential courses that can be run are:

  • Analysis Session. An observation session, to be honest, where the aim is to simply identify areas for attention and maybe set some goals to address them.
  • Structured Session. A fully structured session, from warm up to evaluation, step by step to target something very specific. These can be written to fit the student and objective and generally should follow an analysis session.
  • Snippet Session. This one is much more relaxed and the most common. Expect me to don rock boots, chalk up and come join you on the bouldering wall to watch and assess your climbing while probably showing you a thing or two along the way. It’s the most relaxed session and can have huge benefits and breakthroughs.

Cost of Sessions

One off sessions are currently offered at a flat rate of £20 per person per hour (not including wall registration and entry) or a whole day for £75 per person (6 hour maximum).

For multiple people or multiple sessions, there are three simple steps to follow:

  1. Choose how many people. A 1:1 ratio runs at £20 per person per hour (ppph) . Between 2 and 6 clients runs at £15 ppph and between 7 and 12 clients is £10 ppph.
  2. Choose how long. Each session can run as long as you like between a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 4 hours. This is multiplied by the hourly rate. For example, 4 people for a two hour session would cost £30 each client.
  3. Choose how often. Sessions are usually run at one per week and you can choose how many weeks those sessions run for.

Some background on me

For a more detailed description of my qualifications and experience, please click here.

I hold the Foundation Coach Award and Climbing Wall Instructor Award (CWIA) as well as a current REC first aid certificate but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

At the back-end of 2015, I completed my first coaching training – attending the BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshops 1 and 2 and completing my Foundation Coaching training. It was a natural progression from years of unofficial and informal coaching at climbing walls, offering advice and help to people working their projects, normally in the 6s and below.

Since then I’ve been busy cutting my teeth as a rock climbing movement coach. I’ve taught every ability level from total beginners, working on good belaying, right the way up to advanced climbers operating in the V6+ range. I’ve had groups up to around ten climbers at a time with the Anglesey Adventure Club and coached individual clients over a long period of time. I’ve also worked both indoors and outdoors.

As a coach, I have developed much experience over the years. I have completed the FUNdamentals 1, 2 and 3, attended the BMC Physical Conditioning Workshop and am Development Coach trained, as well as SPA trained. I’ve attended a BMC Coaching Symposium and the Adventure Sports Coaching Conference at Plas y Brenin in January 2018 and have had regular contact with some of the most respected coaches in the industry.

As a step above, I am also studying for a Professional Masters in Elite Performance, through the University of Central Lancashire. This is again based on rock climbing coaching and involves A LOT of reading on climbing performance, learning philosophy and how this is appropriately delivered. This gives me a very different mindset on the teaching of rock climbing coaching.

And it turns out I have a natural affinity for it. I have a long history of teaching through scouting and various teacher training while in my third year of University – so I find it quite natural to be able to convey a message or skill to someone.

What’s more is the way I learned to climb, again at University. It was in my second year when I started to develop into a half-decent boulderer and while others focused on getting stronger, I concentrated on improving my technique and becoming a more technical climber. I worked my footwork for session after session, did hands-free climbing over and over and analysed body movement and style to the subtlest degree.

Now, as a coach, those attributes have become invaluable. I can look at a body position and see what needs to be tweaked to increase efficiency and I’m working on an increasing series of lessons to help students become better climbers.

 

If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch through the Contact page above.

 

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