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Rock climbing in Singapore: A beginner’s guide to getting started

Rock climbing is gaining popularity, and we can see why. It's a workout, but it's also great fun. Regular climbers relish the challenge of figuring out a new route up the wall, while for the novice, making it to the top is an accomplishment in itself. If you've ever gotten vertigo just standing at the foot of a rock wall and stared up at its dizzying heights, don't worry – you're not alone. Skyscanner shows you how to get started on rock climbing in Singapore with this handy guide for beginners.

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1. Why climb?

Climbing incorporates all the major muscle groups, even the ones you don’t realise you’re working, such as your abdominal muscles and obliques to keep you balance as you ascend. Gym rats will also find it a good alternative to pumping iron, as climbing works your biceps, traps, lats and delts.

Two common forms of climbing found at most gyms at top-rope climbing and bouldering. In the former, the climber is connected to two ropes – one at the top of the rock wall, and one attached to the belayer’s harness.

In bouldering, climbers make their way up lower walls without ropes or harnesses, though a crash pad is always placed below to break their fall. This is also known as free climbing.

Neither method is without risk, but climbing gyms prioritise safety, and as long as you follow instructions and exercise caution, the sport is perfectly safe.

2. Where to start climbing in Singapore

2a. Climb Central Singapore

If you’re a first timer itching to give it a try, check out Climb Central. The climbing gym, which is located within the Kallang sports hub, offers Intro programmes for both kids (1.5hours) and adults (2 hours). They also have a walk-in option where their crew will conduct a 15 minutes safety briefing, after which you can enjoy the facility at your own pace. It is definitely the perfect place for beginners to try their hand at the sport.

Address: #B1-01 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore, 397628

Closest MRT: Stadium

Contact: +65 6702 7972

Opening Times: Mon – Fri, 11:00am–11:00pm, weekends and PH, 9:00am–9:00pm

Fees: $32/adult, $28/youth, $38/adult + child, all children must be supervised

Website: Climb Central

climb central singapore
Newbies can give climbing a go at Climb Central Singapore. Photo credit: Climb Central

2b. SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre

More seasoned climbers looking for a variety of routes can check out the SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre, which has multiple outdoors climbing walls. The tallest one stands at a nail-biting 25m! The sports centre also houses a two storey indoor bouldering gym for those who prefer to remain closer to the ground.

Address: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore, 769027

Closest MRT: Yishun

Contact: +65 6852 8222

Opening Times: Tue – Fri 1:00pm–9:30pm, weekends and PH, 9:00am–5:30pm

Fees: $16.05/adult, $10.70/SAFRA member/student

Website: SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre

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Scale walls of up to 25m at the Safra Adventure Sports Centre. Photo credit: Safra Yishun Country Club

3. Rock climbing for kids

Do your children want to make like Spiderman and the scales too? Little ones can head to The Rock School, which bills itself as Singapore’s first climbing centre dedicated to kids aged four to 14 years old. Kids can learn both fitness and mental strength from instructors certified by the Singapore Mountaineering Federation. The Rock School offers introductory classes and structured four or twelve-week programmes. Kids can also send their parents up the wall with classes for parents and children to climb alongside each other.

Address: 850 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore, 467352

Closest MRT: Bedok

Contact: +65 6242 2106

Opening Times: Weekdays 1:00pm–10:00pm (Closed on Wednesdays), Saturdays 10:00am–10:00pm, Sunday varies (Refer to timetable )

Fees: From $30 for a two-hour introductory class to $380 for a 12-week course

Website: The Rock School

4. Where to get your climbing gear

Man with chalk in front of wall
Get kitted out for your climbs! Photo credit: Thinkstock

4a. Kinetics Climbing

For gear, head to Kinetics Climbing, an indoor climbing facility that also stocks an extensive selection of equipment, such as harnesses, carabiners and shoes. Browse their catalogue online or head down for some advice from the pros.

Address: 160 Paya Lebar Road, #02-07 Orion @ Paya Lebar, Singapore, 409022

Closest MRT: Paya Lebar

Contact: +65 6745 6426

Opening Times: Mon 4:00pm–10:00pm, Tues – Fri 1:00pm–10:00pm, Weekends and PH 10:00am–7:00pm

Website: Kinetics Climbing

4b. Decathlon

Newly opening sporting megastore Decathlon stocks a good array of climbing equipment at affordable prices, including shoes, harnesses and chalk bags. The website also allows you to order equipment online which makes it especially convenient. For first-time climbers, however, we advise seeking advice from professionals and trying on equipment before purchase.

Address: 750A Chai Chee Road, Singapore 469001

Closest MRT: Kembangan

Contact: +65 6225 4773

Opening Times: Daily 9:00am–10:00pm

Website: Decathlon

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