- Do I need a waiver?
- I have never been climbing before, what are my options?
- What types of climbing are available?
- What is “belaying” and how do I learn?
- Do you have auto-belays?
- Do I have to take a belay class in order to climb?
- How much does it cost?
- What types of memberships are offered?
- Do you have any youth activities?
- How young is too young to start climbing?
- Do I have to sign up for classes or can I just show up?
- What kind of instruction is offered at CRG?
- How do I set up private lessons?
- What do you offer besides climbing?
- What should I wear?
- How do I get to your facility?
- Do you have WiFi?
- Do you have lockers?
Do I need a waiver?
Yes, you need a waiver! Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport. We go to great lengths to make our facilities as safe as possible to ensure that patrons of the facility encounter as little risk as possible. That being said,we require a waiver from every visitor to the gym in order to stay in operation and for insurance purposes.
All customers under the age of 18 MUST have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Grandparents, siblings, and teachers do not count.
To fill out a waiver follow this LINK.Back to Index
I have never been climbing before, what are my options?
You have a number of options!
You can take a beginner class to learn all the safety requirements for using the facility. This Intro Belay Class typically takes a little over 1 hour and can be registered online. Once completed you’ll have full access to the gym and have the skills to allow you to belay anywhere in the country!
You can climb on our bouldering walls. Bouldering does not require ropes, instead it focuses on shorter walls (10 – 14 feet tall) with significantly more padding on the ground. No classes or partners are required for this style of climbing. Check out our Bouldering Safety video for more information.
If you come on weekend days we have “Staff Belay” which is a program where our staff provide all the assistance to let you climb on ropes without taking classes. Space is limited to 4 climbers per group so pre-registration is recommended. We will pair multiple groups together until we get to the maximum size of 4 participants.Back to Index
What types of climbing are available?
We have bouldering, top-rope climbing, and lead-climbing at our facilities.
- Bouldering is a low wall (10-16 feet) that uses large mats to fall on for protection instead of ropes and a belay system. There is no class or certification required for this type of climbing.
- Top-rope climbing requires that climbers know how to belay and tie proper knots. It involves climbing while wearing a harness, attached to a rope which is wrapped around an anchor at the rope of the wall, with someone attached on the other end who is managing the rope safely, in a way that does not permit you to fall to the ground. The person on the ground is known as the belayer.
- Anyone who is belaying needs to take a belay test or a belay class, which are both offered every day. Click here for beginner belay class information and times. For the belay test you must be able to show competency in making the proper climbing knot and belay procedure without assistance from the staff.
- Lead climbing is a more advanced style of climbing that involves clipping your rope into gear on the wall, and in essence, placing your own protection as you climb up the wall. This type of climbing requires more advanced knowledge of the sport and that each climber be certified by the facility staff. Climbers who are new to leading must take our instruction lead climbing course.
What is “belaying” and how do I learn?
Belaying is the process of managing the rope so that the person climbing does not fall to the ground when coming off the climbing wall. Belayers are also responsible for lowering the climber safely to the ground. We provide an approximately 1-hour instructional class on belaying throughout the week.Watch our teaser video for the Intro to Belay class for more information. For more information on this program see our belay class schedule. Please be aware that you must be 13 years of age or older to belay at CRG facilities.Back to Index
Do you have auto-belays?
We do not use auto-belays at our Watertown facilities. Though they are convenient when climbers do not have a rope partner for the evening we believe in the need for partnered climbing. This ensures two sets off eyes for all safety checks and helps maintain a very socially engaging environment.
If you are a member and don’t have a partner in the evening we have our No Partner? No Problem” program running Monday through Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. For this program we have a staff member out on the floor to help get you up on the ropes and potentially pair you up with other climbing partners.Back to Index
Do I have to take a belay class in order to climb?
If you are an experienced climber and know the PLUS or PBUS belay method than we have a simple test you can do to show you are competent with the process. If you do not know how to belay you will need to take our Intro to Belay class. And please keep in mind that watching a YouTube video about belaying is an extremely unsafe substitute to taking a class and will likely result in failing a belay test. If you only want to boulder then no class or belay test is required.Back to Index
How much does it cost?
There are several options for you to choose from and each one has a different price.
Please visit our Day Use section for pricing on a drop-in at the gym.
Interested in a recurring membership? Check out our Membership page for details. When looking at pricing keep in mind that 4 visits per month is all it takes for the membership to make sense financially.Back to Index
What types of memberships are offered?
All Central Rock Gym facilities offer monthly memberships to the gym and are priced such that 4 or more trips to the gym on a monthly basis makes it beneficial to sign up. Our membership policies are the best in the business too! There are no start-up fees, the only commitment is pro-rated dues for the remainder of the month plus 1 full month of dues. And there are no cancellation fees.
Check out the Membership page to see everything our memberships have to offer.Back to Index
Do you have any youth activities?
Absolutely! We have a section of our gym dedicated to child friendly climbing. These walls are shorter in height, making it easier to communicate between the climber and belayer, and makes the climber feel more comfortable in a unique environment.
We also have numerous programs that are geared toward children including Birthday Parties, Climbing Camps, Youth Climbing Teams, Lock-ins, and Staff Belay. For additional information about other youth programs we offer click on “Kids” dropdown menu on the navigation bar.Back to Index
How young is too young to start climbing?
The short answer is they are never too young! However, it is a case by case basis as to whether they are physically mature enough to climb. There are many visitors who frequently climb at our facilities as early as 3 years old but it is all dependent on if they are big enough to fit in our smallest young harnesses. If it fits then we’d be happy to get them climbing!Back to Index
Do I have to sign up for classes or can I just show up?
Pre-registration for fitness classes is HIGHLY recommended. Our Strength Conditioning and Spin classes are very popular and fill up fast so you need to up on the Fitness Calendar to reserve a spot in those classes within 24-hours of the class start time.Back to Index
What kind of instruction is offered at CRG?
We have an entire series of classes geared toward both novice and experienced climbers, including technique classes, instructional clinics, and fitness classes. For more information about our classes click on the “Climbing Instruction” for more information. Our most popular class offerings are the Intro to Belay course, Climbing Progression Series, and Private Instruction.Back to Index
How do I set up private lessons?
Private sessions can be scheduled on a case by case basis with one of our instructors. However, we prefer first getting climbers placed into one of our many regularly scheduled technique classes that are offered for climbers of all skill levels. If the provided times do not work for you or you feel you’ll get more value from a private class please email Megan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Index
What do you offer besides climbing?
We have a full complement of cardio machines (6 ellipticals, 6 treadmills, 1 row machine, 2 upright bikes, 2 stair masters, and an arc trainer) on the 2nd floor of our facility, and a wide range of free weights available at the facility for members and day pass users. You must be 16 years old to use the equipment unless under the direct supervision of a staff member. We also offer other types of classes that you can participate in without ever climbing such as Yoga and Pilates, strength condition, and spinning. Classes offerings do vary by month so check the “Fitness” page for full details.Back to Index
What should I wear?
Wear something that you are comfortable moving around in. We suggest flexible pants and something that is not too baggy. It is recommended that you wear shorts or pants that do not need a belt. Think: Phys. Ed Class. We have all of the gear you need for climbing, so no need to worry about that part unless you already have gear of your own! Just make sure you bring socks to wear with our rental shoes.
If you are joining us for a birthday party please wear laced sneakers as we do not give out rental shoes for parties.Back to Index
How do I get to your facility?
For directions to our gym just put 74 Acton St. Watertown MA 02472 into a mapping program like Google or Maps. Or click this LINK to bring it up directly on your phone.Back to Index
Do you have WiFi?
We have FREE WiFi at our facility and a nice comfy lounge on the 2nd floor for chilling out and surfing the web. Please ask the staff at the front desk for the WiFi password.Back to Index
Do you have lockers?
We provide lockers at our facility for your convenience, but we DO NOT provide locks. Please bring your own lock when you come or simply use the open cubbies we provide any many different areas of our gym. We take no liability for lost/stolen items so it is recommended that all valuables (wallets/keys/computers) are either locked up or left in the car.Back to Index