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Why Rock Climbing is Good for Singapore Children

Rock climbing is surging in Singapore.

As of May 2017, it seems that our tiny island city has about at least 10 rock climbing and bouldering gyms, a lot more compared to what was available just a good 3 years ago when I first started.

great pleasure and fulfillment derived from climbing | The Life of the Adventurous

Great pleasure and fulfillment derived from climbing | The Life of the Adventurous

And it is not surprising – it is to cater to the growing demand and interest in climbing as a recreational sport, from 20,000 about 6 years ago to 50,000+ till date, according to the Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF).

With the influx of climbing available, rock climbing gyms are also aware of the necessary precautions needed to ensure the safety of their rock climbers, from young toddlers to beginner climbers just coming to give this activity a go.

But one trend we see growing is – more kids starting rock climbing. And why is it so?

Perhaps we should dive deeper into why this is a perfect outdoor activity for the inactive ipad addicted Singaporean kid these days.

Benefits of Rock Climbing for Kids and Adults Beginners:

1. Work that Body + Brain

rock climbing for kids. Challenges push the kids to think. Photo credited to rockclimbinggym.net

Mental challenges push the kids to think and overcome their fear by aiming for the next tile. Photo credited to rockclimbinggym.net

Rock climbing is one of the most holistic outdoor sports/ activities you can find around Singapore and Asia. Being such a good workout, it engages not just the limbs movements, stronger core as well as..sharper brain development as you have to think and work your way up the rock wall.

2. Rid the gadgets, get active

Rock Climbing for Kids - Trying out the bouldering wall. Photo credited to inflatablestartup.com

Rock Climbing for Kids and beginners – Trying out the bouldering wall. Photo credited to inflatablestartup.com

Playground for the monkey within all of us. Have we forgotten how we use to be fearless and curious as kids. Well, the best way to enhance that part of your child but pulling him/ her away from their iPad videos, Pokemon Go, and get that young body moving. If they ain’t moving when they are young, what would they be like when they hit your age?!

Climbing Playground. Photo credited to Fractus Learning

Climbing Playground. Photo credited to Fractus Learning

Where are the Climbing gyms in Singapore to do your rock climbing certification?

3. Mental Growth and determination

Climbing trains the mental capacity, best nurtured when young

Climbing trains the mental capacity, best nurtured when young. I wish I could have started when I am much smaller.

YES..Everyone needs to train this aspect of their mind, and it should start young! Mental capacity/ strength is very helpful to overcome many challenges/ mental blocks as you get older. While you climb, you are forced to focus and clear all distractions from your head to reach your next step. So forget those tuition classes, bring them out to scale some rocks too and go for a different kind of class – rock climbing for beginners in Singapore.

Looking for cheap rock climbing classes in Singapore? Drop me a comment below and I will share a contact for a good private instructor.

And once your children/ kids grow older, they can decide if they want to explore the great outdoors and bring climbing to a whole new level beyond what we envision ourselves to do when we were young. Some of the places I have gone climbing are like Long Dong in Taiwan and Siurana in Spain.

rock climbing for kids - moving from indoor rock climbing to outdoor climbing in older age

Moving from indoor rock climbing to outdoor climbing when you get older. To read more about the best climbing gyms in Malaysia and where to get the cheapest rock climbing courses/ take your level 1 belay certification, leave a comment or click here.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandy
    April 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Hi Lydia
    Love your write-ups. My 8 year old loves rock climbing & has been going to Clip n Climb. Is there any summer holiday programme or certificaton that she can pursue?

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      April 25, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Hi Sandy!

      So nice to hear from you and glad that your kid is enjoying the sport. There are quite a few gyms in Singapore that have courses for kids, but one I would recommend would be at Climb Central Singapore. They are very kids friendly and your child with maybe be able to make some climbing friends as well;).
      Hope this was useful!

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