You can bring a child of any age to KOMOAAP climbing gyms provided they are supervised sufficiently. The earlier a child starts climbing, the better! Birthday parties are offered to children ages 6 and up.
In order to reduce the risk of injury, we have specific parent-to-child supervisory ratios, depending on the age of the children. Parent: child ratios are as follows:
Parent/guardian/ couch is required to remain within arms’ reach of both children at all times, meaning the children must climb together. Parent/guardian may not climb. Children under 8 may still be developing the cognitive ability to be mindful of people around them, which means parents must stay within arms reach to ensure a child, or children, do not wander into a fall zone.
This age range requires a parent or a couch on the mats. The parent/ couch is not required to remain in arm’s reach while the children are climbing, but the supervisor may not climb.
May climb unattended but must have their parent’s permission and signature and there for the couch is responsible. All though parents are not required to be in the gym while the youth are climbing but if the children prove to be at risk of harm to themselves or others then there are required to remain within arms’ reach of their children.
If it’s your children’s first time at the gym, the parent or guardian of children 13-15 should be present with the children for the start of the session until the kids become familiar with the climbing gym environment and its risks.
Youth may climb without adult supervision assuming they are able to behave appropriately as a positive part of the community.
The KOMOAAP climbing gyms reserves the right to require supervision of youth who prove incapable of responsible behavior on their own. Such decisions will be made in good faith.
If you have questions please contact the gym at 99328501 < Andreas Andreou >
Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is over the age of 18 at list the first few times. Anyone 16 to 18 may climb unattended but must have their parent’s permission and signature on the Assumption of Risk and Responsibility Form.
No. To avoid any inconvenience please feel free to print the Waiver, have it signed prior to the youth’s first visit, and then bring it in with the climber. A teacher or another child’s parent(s) are NOT allowed to sign consent for anyone’s child other than their own, unless they are also the child’s legal guardian.
What if I’m under 18, traveling from another country as an exchange student, or post-secondary student, and my parents are in another country (or province, or city) can I climb without them signing a waiver?
Yes if your parent completes the Online waiver.
Appropriate active clothing is recommended; no skirts or dresses please. Climbing shoes are available to rent for drop-in climbing, and are included with most youth programs. On occasion, size availability may be limited. All children may bring a pair of clean indoor shoes, ideally snug-fitting runners, as a backup.
Climbing without ropes, also known as bouldering is an enjoyable activity well suited to children. Similar to a playground structure, the Hive has a comprehensive flooring system that allows climbers to fall and land with reduced risk to the climber. All climbers are taught how to fall properly and are supervised while climbing (by a parent or, in the case of Hive Youth programs, by an qualified instructor). Effective spotting techniques may also be used to help timid and unsure climbers. The Hive does our best to reduce risk to climbers and spectators; however bouldering does entail inherent risk. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Andreas at 99328501