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The Youth Program at Pacific Edge, available to students between the ages of 11 and 17, offers you an exciting and challenging way to exercise your body and your brain. Rock climbing demands responsibility, self-confidence, and initiative, and is an excellent way to develop these qualities.

Pacific Edge membership is included for the duration of each class/training session; students are encouraged to climb outside of class times, putting what they have learned into practice. Physical Education or elective credit may be available for some students. Check with your school to see what is allowed.

Financial Aid - Some financial aid is available to qualified climbers. Please talk to Tom, Diane, Scott, or Mike for details.

Current list of programs:

Kids Climb/People's Belay

Let our staff belay your kids, ages 6 to 12. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome, if space permits. Parents must stay at Pacific Edge while their children climb.

Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wednesday & Friday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$20 per child, includes equipment.
$142 for an 8 day punch card.

Socks are Required for Rental Shoes. Classes are limited to eight climbers. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY PHONE AND ARE REQUIRED.(A Visa or Mastercard is needed to make phone reservations).

All participants must have a waiver signed by parent or guardian on file

Gratuities: If you are pleased with the service provided by our belayers, feel free to show them with a tip!

Youth Belay Certification

This weekend class is a pre-requisite to the FUN-damentals Climbing Class. Students will learn the skills necessary to safely climb on Top Rope at Pacific Edge. Curriculum includes equipment care & use, climber's knots, belaying skills, safety procedures, lowering, and climbing! After finishing the two-day course, students may take the Belay Test the next time they return to the gym.

Sat/Sun 3:30-5:30 PM, $50 cost includes day pass, shoes, and harness rental. Registration for some Youth Belay Certification Courses also occurs through Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation. Please visit their web site!


After-School Program: This class is specifically tailored to youth new to the sport of rock climbing. Students learn and practice climbing fundamentals on all types of radical terrain, from slabs to overhangs. We emphasize safety & responsibility in a unique environment. This course is often repeated, however some graduates are eligible for participation in either our Core Class or the Youth Climbing League.

Class meets for two hours twice a week, for a total of six weeks (24 hours total instruction time). 4-6 PM weekly.

Course Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the Youth Belay Certification Class and Belay Card.

$210 course fee includes basic gym membership for the duration of the class. Harness and belay device provided for the class time. Registration for some Youth Intro to Climbing Series occurs through Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation. Please visit their web site!

Youth Core Class

After-School Program: Youth Core focuses on building and reinforcing core skills for young climbers to experience ongoing success: efficient movement, strength, endurance training, and intermediate technique. This level is open to students who have been through Intro to Climbing or have received the instructors' approval. This class is often repeated. Eligible graduates may move on to our competitive climbing team, Team Edge.

$210 per session (20% for gym members), price includes membership to the gym for the duration of the class (except where noted). Harness, shoe rentals and belay device provided for the class time.

Youth Core meets Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM, for 6 weeks each session (total of 24 hours class time). Sessions begin in early & late Fall & Spring. Check the calendar for next start dates.