Belay Certification Classes

Top Rope Belay Certification

Top-roping, climbing with ropes, is a two person sport. One person is climbing while their partner belays; secures the slack end of the rope to ensure the climber will not fall. The Gravity Vault offers a Belay Certification class which will teach participants the techniques needed to safely climb with ropes.  Our Top Rope Belay Certification Class is offered at all of our locations four times a week for those who are 14 years of age or older.


Call for Reservations!

Upper Saddle River: 201.934.7625

Chatham: 973.701.7625

Middletown: 732.856.9599

Belay Classes are offered:

Wednesday Evenings: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Student Discounts!

Friday Evenings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm  Ladies Discounts on Fridays!

Saturday afternoons 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sunday afternoons 1:00pm-3:00pm


Course overview: 

Cost: $35 Per Participant*

Ages: 14+ (participants under 17 and younger must have a WAIVER initialed and signed by a parent or legal guardian)

This class starts with a general overview of the sport of climbing, students are then taught how to put on a climbing harness, tie a figure-eight knot and a double fisherman backup knot, and then how to belay (the process of managing the ropes while your partner climbs).

We will cover.…

  • Climbing Safety
  • Verbal Commands
  • Rope and Harness Safety
  • Overview of the different belay devices – GriGri, ATC, etc.

After everyone has learned the basics, the group will start to climb together. They will manage the ropes for each other, while also encouraging one another.  Belay Certification is an excellent way to get introduced to the growing sport of indoor climbing.  All rental equipment is included in the price.

Groups of three or more can schedule a private belay certification class at their convenience; please call for pricing and availability.  

*If you have taken a belay class at another facility or already know how to belay you are not required to take this course.  You may simply come in and take a belay test -no reservation necessary*