First Visit

Personal Belay

Let our certified instructors guide you through the climbing gym and introduce you to sport of indoor climbing. Personal Belay is a 1 hour climbing course ideal for families and first time climbers of nearly any age or ability. All equipment including climbing shoes, harnesses and helmet are included.

  • $50 for up to two climbers
  • $20 each additional climber
  • Ask about our group rates for 6 or more climbers
  • Call (203) 416-5500 to schedule your Personal Belay

Belay Course

Carabiners Belay Course is ideal for new climbers wanting to learn the ropes, literally, on their way to belay certification. You will learn modern belay skills, proper equipment use and knots for climbing with an emphasis on safety. All-day pass, equipment rental and an hour of instruction with our experienced instructors is included.

  • $35 per person (2 or more climbers)
  • $50 private lesson
  • Includes day pass and equipment rental
  • Call (203) 416-5500 to schedule your belay course

Intro to Climbing Package

This program combines the best parts of our Personal Belay with a complete Belay Course for a Total Climbing Package! We will introduce you to the sport with a fun hour of rock climbing followed by a belay course including knots, safe equipment use, modern belay skills.

  • $90 private lesson
  • $75 per person (2+)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Day pass & equipment included
  • Call (203) 416-5500 to schedule your belay course

Important Notes:

Safety Agreement & Registration Form
Every participant is required to complete our Safety Agreement & Registration Form before climbing. Participants under the age of 18 must submit a form completed by their parent or court appointed legal guardian.

Appointment vs. Walk In
We strongly encourage making an appointment for any course or program that requires staff assistance. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins but cannot guarantee we’ll have staff available immediately when you arrive. With an appointment and 50% deposit we’ll make sure our staff is scheduled and ready just for you. For more information or to make a reservation, call our instructors at (203) 416-5500.

Belay Certification Test
Do you already know how to belay? If you can demonstrate proper equipment use, the figure 8 retrace knot, and modern top rope belay technique you should consider taking our free belay certification test. Once you pass our test you’re certifïed to belay at Carabiners.

Belay Refresher
Has is been a while since you last belayed? Welcome back! Our staff is happy to help update your rusty belay skills. A refresher course is only $15. Make a reservation by calling (203) 416-5500.

FAQ’S

Q. How old do I have to be to climb?

A. We do not have a minimum age for climbers. All climbers must be able to fit into a climbing harness and have the desire to climb. Typically kids start climbing around age 5, but we have kids as young as 2 years old climb regularly.

Q. Will I need to rent equipment?

A. All classes and personal belays include the necessary equipment in the cost of the course. Top rope climbing does require harness, shoes and helmets for climbers age 12 and under.

Q. Can I bring my own equipment?

A. If you own your own climbing equipment, bring it with you! It must be in good condition, less than 10 years from the manufacture date, fit properly, and be specifically designed for use in climbing. If you don’t own equipment yet, no problem. We have harnesses (top-rope), climbing shoes (top rope & bouldering), chalk and helmets available for rent.

Q. Are first time climbers allowed to boulder without taking a course?

A. We generally recommend first time climbers sign up for a Personal Belay on their first visit. First time boulderers will need to take a brief, free bouldering safety orientation with our staff before climbing. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Q. What is the minimum age for belay certification?

A. The minimum age for belay certification is 15 years old. Some youth younger than 15 enrolled in our Climbing Teams will be allowed to belay with coach supervision.

Q. Do I need an appointment?

A. We strongly encourage making an appointment for any course or program that requires staff assistance. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins but cannot guarantee we’ll have staff available immediately when you arrive. With an appointment and 50% deposit we’ll make sure our staff is scheduled and ready just for you. For more information or to make a reservation, call our instructors at (203) 416-5500.

Q. I already know how to belay, how do I get certified by Carabiner’s?

A. All you need to do is take our free certification test. If you can demonstrate proper equipment use, thorough partner check, safe belay technique, ability to catch a fall, controlled lowering, and a figure eight retrace knot you’ll be all set. If its been a while, we offer a brief belay refresher for just $15.

Q. Do I need to wear a helmet?

A. Carabiners has helmets available (and recommended) for those that would like to wear them. We ask first time climbers under the age of 10 to wear a helmet on their first climbs while they learn proper climbing and lowering technique.

Q. Can I use my own climbing equipment?

A. Absolutely! All we ask is that your equipment be in good condition and manufactured specifically for rock climbing, it fit properly, and be less than 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Q. Can I use an ATC or tube style belay device?

A. Carabiners Fairfield does allow climbers with ATC belay experience to become certified for belay on a tube style device (ATC, Reverso, etc). We do not have ATC devices available for rent so be sure to bring your own. We do have Petzl GriGri belay devices available for rent.