We have developed two primary roles for our climbing programs; ground crew and wall crew. These roles work together to ensure that the climbing experience is authentic, unique and inclusive, and safe.
The Ground Crew are either our newest volunteers, or most likely those who have a profession in health care: rehab, nursing, therapy, etc. The ground crew has knowledge of human mechanics and movement, allowing us to ensure that we can problem solve adaptive solutions for each of our clients. In addition these people can help in mitigating any injuries, help with warming up, stretching, and cooling down. Most importantly, these volunteers build trust and help in navigating fear.
The Wall Crew are either volunteers who’ve been with us a little longer or are skilled climbers. Their role is to support our clients on the wall, with coaching, and with supporting the journey both up the climb, and back down to the ground.
Our ratios for programs aim for a minimum of 3-1 to ensure that there are plenty of folks to give encouragement, spot problems and keep safety front of mind.