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Beginners Guide to 14 Rock Gyms in Singapore

ROCK GYMS IN SINGAPORE – An all time favourite outdoor hippie sport that has started picking up greater mass interest in Singapore recent years.

Being a rock climber, here’s a list of common misconceptions people have when they consider taking up the sport:

  1. You’ll need to have a lot of arm strength, so the more muscles the better
  2. You need to be very strong hence boys always have a huge advantage
  3. You will require a lot of money to pursue this hobby ( just like diving)

In actual reality, the above are all wrong.

Once you embark onto this sport, you will start to realise how different it is from what you perceive, and how this sport accommodates people of different strength, sizes, young and old, male and female; all have the ability to excel in this sport.

Rock Climbing is a hobby that after you pick it up, it gets addictive

Me in an indoor rock climbing gym. Rock Climbing is a hobby that after you pick it up, it gets addictive

Starting out rock climbing as a hobby isn’t hard.

For 1st timers who want to just give it a try, you just need to head to your nearby rock gym, rent climbing shoes and harness for  a day and be accompanied by a certified belayer ( for majority of the gyms). An average trip with equipment rental all included in can costs you between SGD$25 – 40 for the whole day, which isnt much compared to some other recreational/ adventure activities in Singapore.

Leaning how to tie the figure of 8 knot in your level 1 certification

Leaning how to tie the figure of 8 knot in your level 1 certification

In the event you did give rock climbing a shot, love it and want to take it more seriously, you can go the next tier to take a level 1 certification course at about SGD$65 – $80 which is available for booking at respective rock gyms in Singapore OR via qualified private climb instructors, depending on your preference. Then comes the buying of..

your first pair of shoes…

harness…

belay device…

and before you know it, you are hooked to the sport….

Rope, shoes and gear | rock gyms in singapore

Here’s sharing the 11 rock gyms in Singapore for your ‘climb’ consideration:

(In no ranking order)

1. ONSIGHT CLIMBING GYM

Onsight Climbing Gym | rock gyms in singapore

Onsight Climbing Gym

One of the more popular climbing gyms in Singapore for lead climbing given their very nice overhang routes, this gym is located at Mountbatten and its a popular choice for people staying in the East, not to mention they have amazing food options nearby at Old Airport Road Food Centre for the ever famished climber after an intense workout.

Onsight Climbing Gym in Singapore near Mountbatten and Aljunied | rock gyms in singapore

2. CLIMB CENTRAL

lead wall at climb central

Lead wall at climb central

The ONLY air conditioned top rope climbing gym in Singapore, hence explains one of its greatest draw factor.

Located smack at Kallang Wave Mall which is next to the Stadium MRT station, this gym is perfect for those who want to experience climbing for the 1st time with your friends but do not have your level 1 belay certification. The rock gym’s setup makes it friendly to top rope belay in safety with your kids or 1st timer/ beginner friends. But for safety precautions, you would need to sit through a quick 15 minutes safety briefing.

Belayer at Climb Central Singapore

Belaying at Climb Central Lead Wall

3. GROUND UP PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS ‘CLIMB ASIA’

lead climbing at Climb Asia near Farrer Park mrt station| rock gyms in singapore

Lead climbing at Climb Asia

This rock gym in Singapore has its heritage as the pioneer climbing gym, with its cosy atmosphere in the heart of Tessensohn Civil Service Club. Regarded as one of the more affordable rock gyms around, they also have an amazing climbing shop to browse as and when you feel like feasting your eyes on some new gear. Always look out for their sale periods!

 

4. SAFRA YISHUN ADVENTURE SPORTS CENTRE

rock climbing wall at yishun safra for climbing enthusiasts

Still reign as Singapore’s highest outdoor rock wall. For those who like a bit of the sun and the full experience of outdoor climbing, this location will be my recommendation. However, the weather proves volatile in this part of Singapore so do come earlier in the day to get more hours into your climb, or get caught in a downpour.

5. THE CLIFF

The Cliff at Snow City Singapore| rock gyms in singapore

Calling all Westies or climbers looking for climbing gyms in the West nearer to your office, The Cliff is located next to Science Centre/ Snow City which is walkable from Jurong East Mrt station. Popular place with many to take thier level 1 certification as it is less packed and a good training ground in outdoor setting.

6. CLIMBERS LAB

Climbers having fun at Climbers Lab

Having fun at Climbers Lab

Always wanted to try a 180 degrees arch route? Climbers lab is the only rock gym that can allow you to experience that. Situated at the western part of Singapore near toh guan area, this cosy little gym is popular with westies coming after work. They also have a climbing shop that sells quite a number of climbing equipment options. Nearest mrt is Jurong East MRT.

Climbers Lab | 48 Woodleigh Park Singapore 608586

6. THE ROCK SCHOOL ( 2 OUTLETS)

Locatd at 2 places, Bedok Community Centre AND Tampines Sports Hub, this heartland climbing gym is perfect for the easties and for people just starting out climbing.

Located at 850 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore, 467352. p. 6242 2106. 

7. CLIP ‘N’ CLIMB HOMETEAMNS

clip and climb in siingapore

clip and climb in siingapore

This fuss-free fun gym, first developed in New Zealand, is perfect for people of all ages and climbing abilities. More fun than anything else, this gym comes with 19 exhilarating routes, and with its auto-belay system. Thud making it super convenient for climbers coming alone or with people.

8. KINETICS CLIMBING

kinetics bouldering gym and rock gym singaporeans

The most popular bouldering gym in Singapore among the regulars and hardcore boulderers. They have recently moved to their new location at Serangoon Road. They also occasionally have really good discounts for their climbing shoe brands.

Address: 511 Serangoon Road Singapore 218153

9. OYEYO

Tile-ing up in Oyeyo. New fresh routes going up in the cosy little gym in Little India

Located at Mackenzie Road, this bouldering gym is tucked away from the bustling city area. A cosy spot for climbers to just boulder, people watch and have fun.

Address: 148 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228724

10. GORILLA CLIMBING GYM

Gorilla Rock Climbing Gym

Gorilla Rock Climbing Gym

Gorilla Climbing Gym | 750B Chai Chee Road, #01-02 Viva Business Park

11. BOYS TOWN

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Concluding the list of top rock climbing gyms and bouldering gyms in Singapore to explore. Check them out to fuel that adventurous sporty spirit in you.

12. BOULDER WORLD

Paya lebar area just got more hip, coz a new gym called Boulder World has just opened right at Singpost Centre. Great location given that is located right at a big mrt station interchange crossing the circle line and east west line.

13. UPSIDE BOULDERS THE PROMENADE @ PELIKAT

Am proud to annouce that, there is now a new boulder gym within 10 minutes walk from my house! For north easterners who stay in Serangoon, Lorong Chuan, Kovan, Hougang, Sengkang etc, this will be THE GYM to visit. The Promenade @ Pelikat is a small little mall that just opened, and I really hope to visit this gym soon.

14. BOULDER MOVEMENT

CBD folks listen up, this bouldering gym will be just perfect to visit before work, lunch time or after work. Clean, fresh with air purifiers and towels even, it will be one of the fanciest gyms you will see in Singapore.

 

ROCK CLIMBING FOR BEGINNERS COURSES

If you are interested to learn rock climbing, join a rock climbing course with a certified qualified private instructor, drop your details in the comments below and I’ll link you up with the best! rock gyms in Singapore

WHY CLIMBING? To read on why one should pick up rock climbing as a hobby, read more here.

 

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Kong Xieheng
    February 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Nice comprehensive roundup! Would Kinetics also qualify although it is more of a bouldering gym? My memory may fail me, but i do believe the pioneer/first climbing gym in Singapore may have been Climb Adventure at Keppel Tower ~ 2005. They subsequently moved to West Coast but sadly no longer in operation.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      February 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thank you Xieheng for your note. Honoured to have a long timer rock climber in our midst, I do wish climb adventure was still around when I started climbing. It sure is a pity.

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    Jimmy
    February 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Nice write up, for your update there is one more climbing location @ pasir ris water venture. Cheers

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      March 4, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for sharing Jimmy! Always good to know where are all the other climbing gym hideouts!

  • Reply
    Arunabh
    April 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I have been member for climb central for a month, quite good.

    But am thinking of trying out insight too.
    Great post btw

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      April 20, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Great habit. Continue climbing! The gyms in Singapore are all generally very clean and well maintained.

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    Rachel
    May 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hi great post! Always wanted to go and pursue a sport that I would really enjoy and would keep me fit, maybe rockclimbing would be it! I am looking to get the sncs climbing level 1 certification are there any recommendations you would give?

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      May 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Rachel. Yes it is an amazing sport!
      I do have a qualified rock climbing instructor in mind. Drop Derek a text at +65 96250587, quote my name Lydia from Lydiascapes and am sure he will find the best rate and timing for you and your friends.
      I look forward to seeing some amazing climbing photos by you soon;)

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    Chris
    May 11, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Really keen on learning to teach but need to probably ask the Instructors if it’s advisable for my hands (extremely sweaty palms) or if there’s a way around it. 🙂 do let me know more pls? 😀

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      May 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Hi Chris!
      Thanks for sharing your concerns, no worries sweaty palms is a common problem in climbing, even I have it. But that doesn’t stop us from climbing as there is ‘chalk’ that we can powder our hands with, just like the gymnast we see in the Olympics. Hope this helps?

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    Bryan
    May 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    GreaT article about rock climbing in Singapore. I’ll be back in singapore for the summer,and I’m looking to get my SNCS level 1 cert.
    I’ve climbed both top and lead in other countries, but what you would recommend to get the cert with the cheapest rate? (Through an organisation or private)
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      June 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Bryan!
      Great question. Price depends on the instructor and how customised the class is. Usually it is cheaper when done with a private instructor, but important to make sure safety is a priority. If u need a recommendation, I can provide you one:) just let me know.

      • Reply
        jiaxin
        October 15, 2016 at 1:16 am

        Hi Lydia, could you also recommend one to me? We are a group of 4 friends thinking of doing the level 1 course

        • Reply
          Lydiascapes
          October 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm

          Hi Jia Xin,

          Sure, please contact Derek at 96250587. Quote #Lydiascapes and he will provide the 4 of you a special rate.
          Welcome to the club! You will love this spot.
          Do share your journeys with me and tag @lydiascapestravelblog on fb!;)

  • Reply
    Adora
    June 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Been looking for a place to climb with my 7-year old. Found your post very useful, thanks!

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      June 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      No problem Adora. Glad to be able to share:) If you would like recommendations for classes or other info, feel free to reach out and would be glad to share more tips.

  • Reply
    Myra C
    June 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I am looking for an instructor – previously I have taken up level 1 climbing course but, it has been a while and I have mostly forgotten most of it, unfortunately. Hopefully you can help 🙂

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      July 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Hi Myra,

      Thats great that you would like to pick up climbing again. Sure, I would recommend you drop Derek a text at +65 96250587, quote my name Lydia from Lydiascapes and am sure he will find the best rate and timing for you and your friends. Anything just do a shout-out!

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    Joe Lee
    August 19, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Hi
    Intend to enroll for my 14 years old son. Did some climb at school with basic knowledge so I still think he shouldl be a beginner. I am looking for a place with instructor to train him. I think the one at kallang wave mall or one near race course Rd would be transport convinence as i am staying at Hougang area but still need professional advice from u. Thank you

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      August 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      hi Joe!
      Thanks for dropping the note. Yes its great to start the kids young and build their agility. I would personally also suggest climb central as it is the gym that caters most to the younger ones:)
      Hope that helps!;)

  • Reply
    Denise
    September 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I am interested in rock climbing but I don’t know how to start

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      September 22, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Hi Denise,
      Rock climbing seems daunting at first, but once you get yourself started, its addictive: )
      What you should start off with is to get a level 1 certification so that you can belay people and go climb in your own leisure, then you will make friends along the way and start learning the tricks to climbing better. If you are keen to take up the course, you can drop Derek – a certified rock climbing trainer a note, quote ‘LYDIASCAPES’ and am sure he can work out a great rate for you and/or your friends with my referral: )
      Derek’s Number: +65 9625 0587

      Please share with me how was your climbing experience on facebook, tag lydiascapes. Would love to hear your adventure. Thank you!:)

      Regards,
      Lydiascapes

  • Reply
    Kym
    September 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Hi, any recommendation for level 1 certification? I have not done rock climbing before but am very interested in pursuing this sport. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      September 22, 2016 at 3:17 am

      Hi Kym!
      That’s great that you would like to pick this sport up, its loads of fun. Sure, you can drop a note to a certified rock climbing trainer called Derek, quote ‘LYDIASCAPES’ and am sure he can work out a great rate for you and your friends with my referral: )
      Number: +65 9625 0587

  • Reply
    Alexis
    September 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Have been very interested in rock climbing for years and have been looking for a buddy to go with. Unfortunately, non of my friends are interested in it. Found this post very helpful. Will be going for it myself really soon.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      September 23, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Hi Alexis,
      yes you should start!: ) And in rock climbing, you will soon enough make some friends in the community. Join 1-2 of the facebook group chats/ meet up groups to find out their schedules.
      But remember, to be able to belay someone, you need to be certified with a level 1 cert as well. Let me know if you need more information!

  • Reply
    Adeline Ong
    November 2, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Hi Lydia, chanced upon your blog. Am looking for a gym to signup for a climbing course. Would you be able to recommend one?
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      November 24, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Adeline!
      Ah..yes you can sign up for courses in the gym, or you can also do with a certified trainer. I would recommend Derek at +65 9625 0587, quote #LYDIASCAPES and he will give you a special rate. Let me know once you contact him and I will be glad to beep him too.
      Cheers!

    • Reply
      Kai
      November 30, 2016 at 9:54 am

      For your Level 1 course ( which teaches you the basics of top rope belaying) I would suggest that you sign up at Onsight. You can google Onsight climbing gym, they are based near Mountbatten station. They provide regular courses.

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    Sean
    November 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Lydia, can we climb solo? Or do I always need a buddy (as a belayer)? Coz I’d probably want to go alone most of the time (or rather, don’t really have climbing buddy). Thanks! 🙂

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      Lydiascapes
      November 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Sean! Ah..sport climbing usually requires a belayer. But take heart, there are now other options that one can go on their own – auto belay systems in gyms ( Climb central or climb asia has). Alternatively, you can pick up bouldering which one can go on your own.
      Hope it helps!

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      Kai
      November 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Hey Sean,

      There are 3 main types of climbing disciplines when it comes to a climbing gym:
      1. Top rope – as the name suggests, there’s a rope attached to the top. This is the best way to start the sport, however you do require a belayer (most of the time), I say most of the time as there are auto-belay devices at Climb Centra and Climb Asia, that let you climb without a belayer, therefore, go alone. There are a lot of people that climb ad climbing is a great way to meet people too, so even if you wanna climb “solo” you will always make new friends to climb with eventually.
      2. Bouldering – This type of climbing can be done solo, as there is no belayer required, its done on a lower wall with soft mats below them, the ‘routes’ are shorter and are generally called ‘problems’ as compared to a top rope route they are a bit more complex and powerful.
      3. Lead climbing – The advanced form of climbing, requires a belayer, one would progress to this once they have climbed for a longer period of time.

      Hope this info helped. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kai (Lydia’s climbing friend)

      • Reply
        Sean
        November 30, 2016 at 9:58 am

        Hey Kai, got it. Thanks, this is useful stuff.

        Appreciate you taking the time to reply 🙂

      • Reply
        Brian Chng
        May 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Hi there! Great info for starters but are there specific climbing gyms for bouldering and not just rock climbing!

        • Reply
          Lydiascapes Travel
          June 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

          Hi Brian, have updated the list of available bouldering/ climbing gyms in this article 🙂 More bouldering gyms coming up this year well, will probably write another exclusive post on it soon.;) Stay tuned

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    Koh Tiong Wei Judah
    March 1, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Hi Lydia and Kai,

    This thread is very useful. I am very keen to commit to the sports but similar to Sean, I am likely going solo. So would you advise that I do my level 1 with Climb Central/Climb Asia which has the auto belay system, before I manage to make new friends in the sport?

    Or are you aware if there are any pairing services to pair up solo climbers so they can support each other for the sport?

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes Travel
      June 28, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Hi Judah..sorry for the late response.
      yes for starters you can always enroll for a level 1 climbing course and make new friends from there. If you need a recommendation, you can also do it with a private instructor who conducts certifications, contact 96250587 quoting #lydiascapes for a special discounted rate.

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    matt 1609
    June 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Hi looking for like a climbing coach to start with the sncs level 1 course. Do you know of anyone or any place to get the course?? pls reply asap thanks:)
    email: [email protected]

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes Travel
      June 28, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Hi Matt! Dropped you an email on who to contact. Rmbr to quote #lydiascapes to get a discounted rate.
      Thank you

      • Reply
        kiki
        September 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        May i also hv the coach’s contact pls – i will definitely quote #lydiascapes 🙂 [email protected]

        • Reply
          Lydiascapes Travel
          October 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

          Hi Kiki! Please contact trainer at 96250587 and quote #lydiascapes to get a special rate for the course!:)

  • Reply
    Nurul Ain
    August 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hi, I would like to learn this activities as a hobby. But i don’t know where should i start and how. Would you be able to recommend me some places good for beginners like me.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes Travel
      October 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Hey Nurul! This list of awesome gyms – some have auto belays and some have bouldering as well, good to start off with those. Once u love it enough and are ready for more, go for your certification. If you need a trainer to recommend, contact 6250587 and quote #lydiascapes to get a special rate for the belay certification course!:)

  • Reply
    Teo Wei Shan
    November 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Hi.
    i would love to learn this as a hobby.
    i would like to pursue rock climbing solo mainly focus on bouldering.
    As not much of my friends are interested.
    However i’m not sure where to start. Went to Gorilla climbing Gym and most of the people are from national team so i felt abit uncomfortable.
    Any recommendation of places and class/courses for beginners like myself?
    Would love to dedicate once a week!
    Thanks!(:

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes Travel
      November 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Wei Shan..Are you interested in bouldering only or to move on to top rope/ lead climbing? If it is the latter, you can start of learning the basics and getting a level 1 certification with a good private instructor. If you are keen, drop me an email at [email protected] and i will see if I can recommend you someone at a discounted rate.

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