Question: I want to learn to rock climb, who should I call?
Answer: There are several organisations in South Australia that can help you learn to climb. Some options include* Adventure Systems, Rock Solid Adventure, Scouts, Vertical Reality Climbing Gym, Beyond Bouldering and Wilderness Escape.

If you are a uni student, ask if your uni has a climbing or mountaineering club (eg UniSA Climbing Club or Adelaide University Mountain Club).

Question: I have a Top Rope Guide award, how do I progress to the next level?
Answer: Refer to the SAREA Qualification Matrix. You can progress to Top Rope Instructor once you have completed the required pre-requisites. There is a cost of $350.00 for the one assessment. A good option is to progress just before re-accreditation is due as this avoids paying the re-accreditation fee. Contact SAREA for further information.

Question: I have a different climbing qualification; can I apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL)?
Answer: Yes you can apply for RPL. However you are required to sit one five-hour bridging assessment encompassing the assessments relevant to the qualification desired. The cost is $350.00.

Question: When do courses start? How often are courses run?
Answer: SAREA generally has one intake per year for most courses, however courses can be offered when demand is sufficient. Assistant Guide courses are run in February and the Top Rope Guide Course generally starts at the start of July and finish about 6 months later. Participants need to register their interest prior to the commencement date. Visit the SAREA website to download relevant documents such as the Candidate Application Form and SAREA Logbook.

Question: What is the cost of SAREA courses?
Answer: The Assistant Guide course is $275, which covers 2 days of training. The Top Rope Guide course fee is $1050.00 (in two instalments), which covers two training days, three assessments, theory sessions and textbook, and accreditation. The Top Rope Instructor assessment costs $350.00 and the Multi-pitch Guide/Instructor course costs $800.00.

Question: How many climbing meters and assistant instructional hours are required to meet the relevant SAREA qualification?
Answer: Visit the SAREA website and view the SAREA Qualification Matrix.

*if you believe your organisation should be included in this list, please contact SAREA and let us know.