Looking for a fun, adventurous, challenging sport that the whole family can enjoy? Then, I've found the perfect one for you - rock climbing! It's not necessary either for you to go searching for that elusive cliff-face to dangle off, Rockit Climbing Gym in Warana provide a state of the art indoor sport climbing facility on the Sunshine Coast. Rock climbing where you don't have to worry about getting rained out! Rockit Climbing Gym is a high-tech gym built to both Australian and US safety standards and is monitored with trained staff.
With twenty-one out-of-the-ordinary walls to choose from, there are plenty of climbs to suit all skill levels, whether you're a first-timer or an experienced climber. And, the best thing of all - Rockit Climbing Gym are open seven days a week!
Young climber showing his agility - Image: Elaine de Wet
On your first visit you will need to fill out a waiver, which can be done online here, or at Rockit Climbing Gym when you arrive - if you're under eighteen years of age, then either a parent or legal guardian will need to fill out the waiver.
Once you've been entered into Rockit Climbing Gym's system, you will be taken through an induction course where you will be taught everything you need to know to have an awesome climb. Once the induction course is completed, you will be signed off with a belay* licence so it won't be necessary to go through the induction course again. With every climb you do at Rockit, a trained instructor (who is also a climber) will be on hand to supervise and answer any questions you might have.
With school holidays just around the corner, this will be a fantastic activity for the children to get involved in - an active sport to burn off all that excess energy and have heaps of fun too. Rockit Climbing Gym have a School Holiday Programme running from Monday 26 June to Friday 30 June from 8.30am until 10.30am every day.
Children will get to participate in rock climbing games and activities; they will be able to try their hand at slacklining; group initiative games and much, much more.
Rockit Climbing Gym provide a morning tea every day during the school holiday programme and on the last day, the children will receive an awesome send-off party.
As if climbing isn't scary enough, these young climbers do it blindfolded - Image: Rockit Climbing Gym FB page
Rockit Climbing Gym take the stress out of party planning and have two special deals for parties.
Celebrate your special day with an indoor climbing birthday party. Provide a minimum of ten climbers and Rockit will reserve a party area for you and give you two hours of indoor climbing, which includes a free demo course. All children under the age of thirteen can participate in climbing, however, only thirteen years and over can operate the safety equipment (belay - hold the rope).
The DIY Parties include fridge facilities, harness for climbers and one free climbing clinic lesson for the birthday person.
Groups 10 - 19 people $15.95pp
Groups 20 - 29 people $14.95pp
Groups 30 people $13.95pp
Extra - $3.95 per harness for belayers
Great fun for girls and boys - Image: Caleb Alfredd Photography via Rockit Climbing Gym FB page
With a Pizza Party, Rockit Climbing Gym will do all the catering for you! They will supply the pizzas, biscuits, lollies, chips and drinks for the children to enjoy. The party area will be reserved for the party-goers and includes two hours of indoor climbing - including a free demo course. All children under the age of thirteen can participate in climbing, however, only thirteen years and over can operate the safety equipment (belay - hold the rope).
Pizza Parties include fridge facilities, harness for climbers and one free climbing clinic lesson for the birthday person.
Price $24.95 per person
Extra harness for belayers $3.95 per person
10 - 12 people = Six pizzas
13 - 15 people = Eight pizzas
16 - 20 people = Ten pizzas
21 - 25 people = Twelve pizzas
26 people = Fourteen pizzas
(A minimum of ten people is required for a Pizza party)
Just look at that awesome wall, ready to be climbed! - Image: Elaine de Wet
Rockit Climbing Gym even offer an array of Climbing Clinics, with something to suit everyone.
Rockit Joeys Saturdays 8.00am to 8.30am
Rockit Joeys is specifically for children aged six to eight and is a fun way for children to get an introduction into the world of climbing. The classes cover basic rock climbing technique and problem-solving skills using various games and practical activities. Parents have the opportunity of getting involved by belaying and assisting in one-on-one coaching.
Rockit Wallabies Mondays 4.00pm to 5.30pm; or
Wednesdays 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Rockit Wallabies is for children aged nine to twelve and is a nine week climbing clinic to teach children the fundamentals of climbing. Every week the Wallabies have new challenges and activities to teach them basic climbing skills. The Rockit Wallabies Clinic is a fantastic way to build confidence, develop problem-solving skills, practice communication and get all-round body fitness. Students also have the opportunity to become proficient in belaying.
Rock climbing can be enjoyed by all age groups - Image: Rockit Climbing Gym FB page
Rockit Roos Tuesday 4.00pm to 5.00pm; or
Thursday 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Rockit Roos is specifically for teenagers aged between thirteen and eighteen years of age and is designed to build solid fundamental climbing skills, develop strength and form strategies to problem solve and set goals. All Rockit Roos students get the opportunity to try out for climbing competitions where they will represent Rockit Climbing Gym.
Rockit Academy Saturdays 8.30am to 10.00am
The Rockit Academy is for ALL students to participate from the age of six to eighteen. This Clinic has been primarily designed to ensure the children just have fun! Participants will enjoy climbing games as well as get the opportunity to rehearse techniques taught throughout the week.
Rockit Climbing Team Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm; or
Thursdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm
This Clinic is for ALL ages and is a session for the Rockit's competition climbers to train and develop their climbing technique, increase strength and stamina and form the problem-solving skills needed in competitions.
The Adult Clinics are designed for adults at any level of climbing and specifically a technique lesson. The classes cover everything from climbing fundamentals to training drills and problem-solving strategies, which will result in strength development, increased climbing efficiency and autonomous projecting skills.
The Adult Clinics are not for first timers - Rockit Climbing Gym recommend first learning the ropes and getting a feel for the wall before attempting an Adult Clinic lesson.
I can only look on in awe at this venturesome sport; and envy - that we never had awesome facilities like this when we were growing up. So, if you're looking for an adrenaline rush with a daredevil sport that will give you a total body workout, why not let the wall move you and get down to Rockit Climbing Gym in Warana….I might just meet you there!
Belaying* refers to a variety of techniques climbers use to exert tension on a climbing rope so that a falling climber does not fall very far. A climbing partner typically applies tension at the other end of the rope whenever the climber is not moving and removes the tension from the rope whenever the climber needs more rope to continue climbing - thanks to Wikipedia for the definition of 'belaying'.