Education

Qualified Instruction is at the core of a safe and fun climbing experience.  We typically offer several training opportunities throughout the year.

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offers American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Courses as well as an SPI Assessment, typically in the spring and fall of each year.

SPI COURSE SEPT. 20-22nd  2022 Marquette Michigan  $530.00

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing. It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track Programs.

The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS PER SPI COURSE!
REGISTER FOR THE SPI COURSE HERE!

SPI ASSESSMENT SEPT. 27-28th 2022 Marquette Michigan  $375.00

The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.

Prerequisites

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS PER ASSESSMENT!
REGISTER FOR THE SPI ASSESSMENT HERE!

 

AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Course SEPT. 23-25th 2022 Marquette Michigan  $350.00

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Climbing Wall Instructors Program teaches students how to teach and facilitate climbing in the climbing wall setting. This course is ideal for gym or summer camp employees charged with running climbing wall programs. There are two certifications offered in the course, CWI Top Rope and CWI Lead. Students may choose between the two certifications during the course.

The CWI Program consists of 2.5 days of course work.

Prerequisites:

There are two certification levels in the Climbing Wall Instructor program: Top Rope and Lead. Prerequisites for each certification level are presented below. These prerequisites are considered the bare minimum of skills and experience needed to successfully attain CWI certification.

Top Rope Certification prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have at least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 30 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months.).
  • You have the ability to comfortably climb 5.7 on top rope on artificial surfaces.
    You have the ability to top rope belay with a manual braking device or an assisted braking device.
  • You have the ability to tie the figure eight follow through and familiarity with the figure eight on a bight and overhand on a bight.
  • You possess an understanding of the proper use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, carabiners, and ropes.
  • Having previously taught and/or observed basic climbing courses is recommended, but not required.

Lead Certification prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA
  • You have at least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 50 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months.).
  • You have the ability to comfortably climb 5.9 on top rope and competently lead climb 5.8 on artificial surfaces.
  • You have the ability to competently belay a lead climber with a manual belay device and assisted braking device.
  • You have experience teaching (formally or informally) the use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, and ropes.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS for the CWI course
REGISTER FOR THE CWI COURSE HERE!