Rope Skills and Self Rescue Course

This is a 2-day rope skills  & self-rescue course.

Rope rescue course

Rock and ropes rescue course outline

This course focuses on developing climbing skills needed to deal with problems whilst out climbing. By the end of the course, you should feel confident to perform climbing rescues in various scenarios. This course is popular with people looking to further their knowledge of rock climbing rope skills.

This course is also suitable for people working towards a rock climbing Instructor award, such as NZOIA Rock1 or NZOIA Rock2 (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association).


Adult Price $899* (minimum age 16 years)

Youth Price $449** (14-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 16 years.


Where is this Rope Skills & Self Rescue Course delivered?

This course is delivered in Christchurch at one of the many climbing areas on the Port Hills. If you would like this course to run in an area near you, please contact our office.

Travelling from out of town?

Many people travel to attend our courses, and we like to make it easy. Transport could be tricky to organize if you’re flying or coming from out of town. Talk to one of our friendly team about our pick-up/drop-off service.



Nothing, we have everything available to hire if you don’t own climbing gear, easy as.

If you’re planning on bringing your own gear or borrowing from a friend, here’s an idea of what to bring (We’ll send a full gear list upon booking ).

  • Climbing helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay/abseil device (ATC)
  • Climbing shoes or snug-fitting sports shoes
  • Set of prussic


We recommend holding off purchasing any new climbing gear until after the course. Why not buy new stuff? So you can optimise your instructors’ knowledge and recommendations and purchase the right stuff.


When is the next course?


Rock and ropes rescue courses run from November to April each year. Talk to our friendly team if you would like to organize a custom course or private training.

Visit our COURSE CALENDAR for course dates and prices.


Price: $899


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* This is the early bird booking price. Standard rates are available on the course calendar.

**Conditions apply for youth pricing structure. See FAQ’s page.



Course Highlights


  • Prussiking up & down ropes
  • Release a jammed belay device
  • Release a jammed abseil device
  • Lowering off an unachievable climb

Peer rescue

  • Taking over belaying from an incapacitated belayer
  • Top rope rescue (NZOIA rock 1 rescue)
  • Cut-away/pick-off  rescue
  • Escaping the system
  • Abseiling with a casualty

Multi-pitch rescue

  • Multi-pitch abseil descent with an injured climber.
  • Rescue an injured lead climber and lower off multi-pitch route (NZOIA rock 2 rescue)



“All round exellent – we had a small gorup so the course was tailored to our needs. Learned heaps! – Maia Mleninsop, Christchurch

“The instructor was open, easy to communicate with, inclusive and had an easy going positive air”- Eli Foley

“I feel much more confident going out climbing now” – James, Sydney Austrailia 

Contact us today


Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: [email protected]