Jamie Wakeham : Supply Teaching and Outdoor Education in Oxfordshire

Jamie Wakeham

Physics, science and general supply teaching Outdoor education for schools and individuals Private tuition and Oxbridge exam preparation

Climbing instruction for individuals and groups

As a holder of the MLTUK’s SPA (Single Pitch Award) I am able to offer rock climbing and abseiling instruction to individuals and groups. I have a particular interest in taking beginners from their first climbing experiences (either on an indoor wall or outside) to the point where they are competent at seconding experienced leaders, and ready to begin leading climbs for themselves.

My preferred locations for instructing are the Peak District (trad and sport on limestone and gritstone outcrops) and Portland (sport limestone cliffs). Indoors, I typically use Rock Solid at Brookes University.

Why learn to climb with me?

  • Experience: I’ve been climbing for almost fifteen years and passed my SPA assessment in 2007. Through climbing with the OUMC I’ve had a vast amount of experience in introducing new climbers to the sport, and my combination of being an instructor and an experienced teacher gives me an insight into how people learn new skills.
  • Personalised instruction: I will take the time to get to know who you are and what you want to get out of your time with me, and will arrange to meet with you to discuss this beforehand if appropriate.
  • Convenience: unlike most instructors, I include transport (in a large and comfortable car) between your house and the climbing location. If there are more than four in your group I can arrange hire of an MPV or minibus at cost.

My fees for outdoor instruction are fixed regardless of the number of people in your group. Although I can obviously offer a more personalised service with fewer people, I find that working with two or three clients can be more effective as a learning experience than with one alone.

My prices include transport from Oxfordshire to the crag, climbing equipment, harnesses and helmets:

Depending on the season and the weather, a day ranges from 5 to 7 hours on the crag. Please note that for multi-day outdoor instruction, camping and food costs are not included (I generally use Hardhurst Farm for camping in the Peak District, which has a good pub nearby for evening meals and an excellent cafe for breakfast). I have spare tents I can bring if necessary.

My prices for indoor instruction are £45 per 90 minute session (one or two clients) and £55 per 90 minute session (three or four clients). This includes your entry price to the wall and all climbing equipment, harnesses and helmets.

Block bookings: if you book any outdoor session with me, I’ll deliver up to three hours instruction at Rock Solid beforehand at 25% off these prices.

I don’t have a stock of rock shoes for clients to use; they’re available for hire at Brookes, and aren’t really necessary for your first experiences outdoors (though if you want to buy a pair I’m more than happy to detour to a local climbing shop on the way and advise you on your choice).

I hold £5M liability insurance through my membership of MLTA. I recommend clients take out personal liability insurance, perhaps by joining the BMC directly or via an affiliated club, and also consider taking out accident insurance.

For more information or to make a booking, contact me.

Please also read the BMC participation statement before making any bookings.