Session 1: SPI and AMGA Program Overview Session 2: Professionalism Session 3: Equipment Session 4: Knots and Hitches Session 5: Belaying Session 6: Protection and Anchoring Session 7: Teaching End-of-Day Debriefs
Session 8: The Climbing Site Session 9: Site Organization and Group Management Session 10: Base-Managed Sites Session 11: Assistance Skills: Base-Managed Sites Session 12: Programming and Risk Management End-of-Day Debriefs
Session 13: Instructor Demo Lead Climb Session 14: Top-Managed Sites Session 15: Lowering Session 16: Assistance Skills: Top-Managed Sites Session 17: Rappelling Session 18: Climbing Movement Session 19: Review Sessions Final Individual and Group Debriefs
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course.
You also can become a rock climbing guide.
Do you love rock climbing? Do you want to teach others how to enjoy it as much as you do? The Climbing Life Guides does more than just take individuals, pairs, families and small groups on guided rock climbing trips in Joshua Tree National Park. If you want to become an outdoor industry professional, we can also put you through an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program so that you can start leading people on guided climbs, too. You’ll learn everything you need to know about serving as a climbing instructor during our AMGA SPI training and be able to pass your SPI assessment in no time.
All of the SPI courses and assessments available through The Climbing Life Guides are conducted by our director Nelson Day, who is an AMGA certified Rock Guide himself. In fact, you’ll be learning from the most highly-certified AMGA SPI provider operating in Joshua Tree National Park. This will put you on the certification track to becoming a certified rock climbing guide quickly and give you the tools you’ll need to guide others during their rock climbing adventures.
The SPI courses offered by The Climbing Life Guides span the course of three days. On the first day, you’ll get an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program overview and learn the basics of rock climbing with an emphasis on equipment, knots, anchoring and more. The second day of your AMGA instructor program will focus on climbing sites, site organization, risk management and other aspects of rock climbing. On day three, your certified AMGA SPI provider will walk you through instructor demo lead climbs, rappelling, climbing movements and other things you’ll need to pass an SPI assessment. By learning from the best in the business in a place like Joshua Tree, you’ll set yourself up for future success as a professional rock climber and instructor.
Reach out to The Climbing Life Guides at (760) 780-8868 today to enroll in our AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program. More details about the Single Pitch Instructor program can be found at the AMGA website
SPI Course Overview (*)
Required Equipment List
For Participants in an SPI Course or Assessment (*):
- UIAA/CE approved Climbing Helmet
- UIAA/CE approved Climbing Harness with belay loop
- Climbing shoes in which the candidate can climb up to 5.7
- Nut removal tool
- Standard “lead climbing rack” such as, stoppers/nuts, SLCD's, tri-cams, etc.
- Assorted 24” and 48” runners (must have at least one 48” runner)
- 10 or more non-locking carabiners
- 6 or more locking “HMS/Pearbiners”
- Manual braking belay/rappel device, such as the “Verso”, “ATC” or “Pyramid”, etc.
- Releasable assisted braking device, such as the Petzl “GriGri” or Trango “Cinch”
- 2 Prusik loops (1m of 6mm Nylon Accessory Cord) I recommend the Sterling 13.5" hollowblock
- 2 cordelettes (5m of 7mm Nylon Accessory Cord)
- One 50-60m "single" dynamic rope (9.5-10.5mm) suitable for leading and top roping
- One static or “semi static” (gym line) rope 9-11mm, 30m+, for setting up anchors and fixed lines. I recommend Sterling 3/8" HTP
- Approach Shoes (This is added by TCLG, separate from the climbing shoes listed above)
All gear will be inspected on the first morning of the course and is expected to be in good condition. Mark all of your gear!
The Single Pitch Instructor Course and Exam is offered on the following dates:
2022 Course Dates:
October 1-3 October 22-24 November 19-21 December 17-19
2022 Assessment (Exam) Dates:
October 8-9 October 15-16 November 5-6 December 3-4 December 30-31
2023 Course Dates:
January 14-16 February 11-13 March 11-13 April 22-24
2023 Assessment (Exam) Dates:
January 28-29 February 25-26 March 25-26 April 8-9 May 6-7
SPI Course and Exam Rates
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(*) Excerpted from the 2018 AMGA SPI Handbook.