Pre/Post Workshops | CWA Summit 2019

2017 CWS Pre and Post Conference Workshops

The Summit brings attendees together to learn and grow professionally.  Pre and post conference workshops are in-depth multi-day, full-day, or half-day workshops held either prior to the Climbing Wall Summit or following .  The pre-conference workshops provide a forum for learning from expert faculty in an in-depth, hands-on setting.  Pre-conference workshops address a variety of topics and are designed to meet your professional development and training needs.  Pre-conference workshops are an important supplement to the Summit for any attendee.

Pre-Conference Listing:

Beyond Boomers: Facilitating Programs for Older Adults

The Business Owners Game

Climbing Movement Program Development for Play and Competition

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Renewal

Freedom Mapping-The Way off the Treadmill

The Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative

Risk Management as it Relates to Insurance

Total Program Design- Maximizing Your Members’ Experience in Your Gym

Understanding Motivation

Work at Height for Qualified Persons


Post-Conference Listing:

Business Plan Development for New Gyms and Gym Expansion


Beyond Boomers: Facilitating Programs for Older Adults

Date: May 18, 2017 (12:00pm-4:00pm)

Location: Movement Climbing and Fitness, Boulder

Instructor: Michelle LeBlanc

Cost: $100.00


This workshop will combine practical and theoretical knowledge to facilitate the creation of climbing programs for older adults. By highlighting the various individual and social barriers of this demographic, participants in this workshop will gain important knowledge and tools to incorporate new programs and evaluate current ones. Older adults are living longer, healthier lives, and Baby Boomers act as the largest cohort with disposable income. In addition to financial growth, offering programs for older adults can help build a unique community, and provide meaningful physical activity. Physical components related to technique, movement, and program ideas will be discussed on and off the climbing wall. This interactive workshop will give you all the tools necessary to adequately address the growing needs of an aging population!  



The Business Owner’s Game

Date: May 18, 2017 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Location: Embassy Suites, Loveland

Instructor: Chuck Blakeman

Cost: $125.00


Every business owner should have a clear understanding of where they are going. To get there, they have to know the few things they need to be doing that will build their company and get a great result for their clients.  Behind this is a single game that every business owner should be playing to accomplish them. It's called "More Money in Less Time." It's the central game we need to play to build a successful business.

It's a very serious game and it will transform your business and your lifestyle.  Everything we do should be filtered through this one question, "How do I make more money in less time?”

You’ll learn things like:

•The Business Owner’s Game overview; and the two key questions.

•The Seven Stages of Business Ownership; where you are; where you want to end up

•The Four Building Blocks of Every Business

•Three Steps to Making Every Decision

•The Seven Elements of a Business and what you need to do about them.

•Your Decision-Making Profile - Free ApexProfile.com assessment


Come learn the Business Owner’s Game and continue to build a business that makes money when you are not there!



Climbing Movement Program Development for Play and Competition

Date: May 18, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Location: Movement Climbing and Fitness, Boulder

Instructor: Heather Reynolds

Cost: $120.00


This workshop is designed as an experiential opportunity to create programs for your facility that will enable your instructors to grow in what they can offer, and your clients to improve their climbing. We will discuss how to design programs that teach not only body positions, but how to establish balance, how to move in balance, when not to be overly concerned, how to modify for different strengths and weaknesses. The value of visualization, and how to train. Further we will actually create a program and a marketing message to engage your clients. Bring your shoes, bring an open mind and your creativity.



Climbing Wall Instructor Provider

Date: May 18, 2017 (8:00am-4:00pm)

Location: Evo Rock and Fitness, Louisville

Instructor: Daniel Jeanette

Cost: $250.00


This certification training will provide an overview of the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program for prospective providers. The CWI program provider course is a twelve hour course. There will be some lecture, but emphasis will be on demonstration, practice teaching, evaluation, collaborative learning and group discussion of the program. We will review program policies, the curriculum, and program implementation. A portion of the training will be spent evaluating the provider candidate’s skills and teaching ability, the remainder of the course will be spent in discussion and in training scenarios to further develop provider skills. We will review course flow from successful courses and discuss how to offer a consistent course, with fair student evaluation, effective feedback, and achieve a consistent international standard of evaluation. We will also discuss program administration, risk management and certain requirements providers must meet in these areas. The CWI Certification Program is designed to be easily integrated into a facility's existing staff training program if the owner/operator qualifies as a CWI Provider.


Please note: Preparation is required for this course. Provider candidates must be familiar with the primary program documents, including the Industry Practices, Student Manual, and Policy Manual prior to attending the training. Instructor will contact attendees beforehand to ensure eligibility and prerequisites are met. Please review the certification program information here: http://climbingwallindustry.org/?page=CWIProviders


Pre-Requisites for CWI Program Provider:

Current membership in the CWA

21 years of age.

Current first aid and CPR (American Red Cross Basic - 5.5 to 6.5 hours, or equivalent).

A resume' or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings.

Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor Certification. * (See below)

Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures.

Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number.

A signed agreement and attestation on file (found via link below).

Proof of insurance.

*If the candidate is not a current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, the candidate may complete an alternative qualification procedure documenting that the candidate meets the requirements of becoming a provider but showing a minimum of 400 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor. Exceptional and wide-ranging indoor climbing teaching experience, prior experience as an instructor of guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification. 



Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Renewal

Date: May 18, 2017

Location: Evo Rock and Fitness, Louisville

Instructor: Daniel Jeanette

Cost: $150.00


This training will provide re-certification for expiring Providers. Some lecture, but emphasis on demonstration, collaborative learning, evaluation and group discussion of the program and curricula. We will review course flow from successful courses and participate in teaching scenarios to help prospective providers be able to offer a consistent course, fair student evaluation, effective feedback to students, and a consistent program.



Freedom Mapping-The Way off the Treadmill

Date: May 18, 2017 (1:30pm-4:30pm)

Location: Embassy Suites, Loveland

Instructor: Chuck Blakeman

Cost: $125.00


A few simple process maps (these likely aren’t what you’re thinking) can change your business and your life, getting you a much higher personal yield per hour, and a much more profitable business.

• What is the highest and best use of your time?  Do you want to know that with complete confidence?

• Do you want to know exactly how to get off the treadmill?

• Are you winging it? How can you be sure all your clients can receive the same great results from you?

• Are you at risk for knowledge walking out the door?

• Do you have employees that “do their job” but don’t see how they impact others and your customers?


Dive into this workshop and find out exactly how to:

  • • Identify and shift to the highest and best use of your time – stop guessing – you’ll know exactly.

  • • Make more money in less time (increase your Yield Per Hour – YPH).

  • • Deliver the same great level of customer service every time to every customer, easily.

  • • Create ownership and teamwork where none existed before –

  • • get rid of the “job silos” problem.

  • • Make your company worth exponentially more if you ever wanted to sell it, and very simply.



The Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Initiative 

Date(s): May 17-18, 2017 (W-9:00am-5:00pm TH-9:00am-3:00pm)

Location: Boulder Rock Club

Instructor: Adam Fisher

Cost: $200.00


The Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Zone Project is a training and review process for adaptive climbing facilitators to ensure that they are working at appropriate industry standards.  The first day of this workshop features both classroom and hands-on educational sessions that will introduce participants to the basics of working with adaptive climbers.  The second day will be a "community climbing day," where participants will use the skills gained in day one to help facilitate a climbing experience for local athletes with disabilities.   The one-of-a kind Adaptive Climbing Zone Project is touring nationally in order to help make the sport of climbing accessible to all, and Paradox Sports is excited to be offering this opportunity to CWA attendees!


Risk Management as it Relates to Insurance 

Date: May 18, 2017

Location: Embassy Suites, Loveland

Instructor(s): Mark Grossman & William Jorgensen

Cost: $125.00


The ability of gym owners and operators to identify the various inherent and other risks involved with the indoor climbing industry, and to develop operational protocols to manage these risks, is an integral part of a sustainable and cost effective insurance program.  This workshop is designed to help gyms identify and understand the various risks that they will face, identify the tools available to the climbing industry to appropriately manage these risks, and how managing or not managing these risks can effect an insurance program for individual gyms, and the industry as a whole.  During the workshop, presenters will help the attendees develop a proper framework in which to develop their risk management plans, and will conclude with round table discussions of various claim scenarios, and how a particular risk management plan helped or hindered the claim process from an insurance perspective. 

Total Program Design- Maximizing Your Members’ Experience in Your Gym

Date: May 18, 2017 (8:00am-12:00pm)

Location: Embassy Suites, Loveland

Instructor: Steve Bechtel

Cost: $150.00


Program design starts at the facility level. This workshop is intended to help coaches and gym owners to understand how to best to maximize their facility or to better design a new facility. Additionally, we will cover building year round programs for athletes with a mind toward improving the athletes experience in the facility. We will go over long-term program design, facility layout, and integrating weight training facilities with climbing space.



Understanding Motivation

Date: May 18,2017 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Location: Earth Treks Climbing Center

Instructor: Arno Ilgner Cost: $100.00


Competition, performance, even regular climbing can be stressful and create anxiety. A moderate amount of arousal is helpful to performing well. But, climbers tend to suffer from heightened anxiety. This tends to be created by how one is motivated and can be exasperated by how one is coached. By understanding the distinctions between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, associations between ego and self-worth, and shifting to a focus on effort, we put the coaching focus on changing behaviors instead of one's identity. Doing this shifts athletes' focus toward learning, diminishes performance anxiety, and increases their enjoyment.


We'll do "floor" and "climbing" exercises to apply discussion topics in practical ways so participants leave with tangible tools for helping their athletes and gym-member students shift to healthier intrinsic motivators.



Work at Height for Qualified Persons

Date(s): May 16-18, 2017 (T&W-9:00am-5:00pm TH-9:00am-3:00pm)

Location: Ascent Studio, Fort Collins

Instructor: Jesse Williams

Cost: $750.00


The Climbing Wall Association, in collaboration with the Petzl Technical Institute, has developed a Work-at-Height training and assessment program for commercial climbing gym and institutional climbing wall operations. The course will combine instruction in the administrative requirements, specialized equipment, practical techniques, and procedures for work-at-height in a climbing facility.

The goals of the program are to:

  • To educate owners and managers about legal requirements for Work-at-Height.

  • Provide candidates with guidance for managing a comprehensive fall protection program.

  • Provide a means of promoting consistency and quality assurance for employees working at height.

  • Improve the level of competency of employees working-at-height in climbing facilities.

  • Evaluate the technical skills of employees working-at-height.


Certification participants will demonstrate their ability to conduct a hazard assessment, write elements of a fall-protection plan, and demonstrate techniques for ascending, descending, positioning, self-belay, and rescue while working at height on a climbing wall. We will discuss the selection and use of vertical rope access fall arrest equipment and the application of certain work at height techniques used in industry to the climbing wall environment. Successful candidates should understand, and be able to implement, a comprehensive work-at-height fall protection program and oversee staff working within that program.



Business Plan Development for New Gyms and Gym Expansion

Date: May 21, 2017 (9:00am-5:00pm)

Location: Embassy Suites, Loveland

Instructor: Bob Richards

Cost: $150.00


This workshop is designed for anyone interested in opening a climbing facility or in expanding an existing operation. The morning session will focus on developing a business plan for obtaining funding and developing the first gym operation. The afternoon session will focus on strategies for expanding into new locations.


We will begin with a discussion of your personal goals and how they affect your business strategy. We will then discuss understanding your market, the business planning process and the creating elements of the business plan document used to raise funding. Alternative methods of funding will also be discussed for both new gym operations and those desiring to expand into multiple facilities. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of the challenging process of planning to open or expand a commercial rock gym facility. 





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