This is my first time! What are my options?

You can go Roped Climbing (Top-Roping) or Un-Roped Climbing (Bouldering)!

Options to Climb:

Top-Roping: (Roped-Climbing Options)

Option 1: Hire a Staff Belayer-

For climbers that do not have a belayer or for parents that just want to kick back and watch, Island Rock has staff belayers. For this option, you will be hiring an instructor to do all the rope work for you for a half hour or hour with the instructor doing all the belaying and knot tying.
  • Staff Belays are available by the hour and half hour session.

Option 2: Take a Belay Lesson-

Belaying is easy to learn! We recommend that everyone (15 years old and older) learn to belay by taking a belay lesson. The Quickstart Package includes the lesson, day pass, harness, and shoe rental. Belay Lessons are held at 11 AM , 1 PM, and 3 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, and on a reservation basis during weekdays. Walk-ins are also accepted but may be subject to a wait.
  • Reservations are required for all staff-led programing, including Staff Belays or Belay Lessons.
  • Call us at (516) 822-ROCK (7625) to make your reservation!

Bouldering: (Unroped Climbing)

Option 3: Bouldering-

Bouldering a form of unroped climbing, usually shorter distances (normally around 12 feet). It can be done solo, though what it lacks in height it tends to make up for in difficulty!


What is belaying?

Belaying is the process of managing and holding the rope for the climber.

What age is this appropriate for?

  • Climbing with a belayer: recommended 6-7 and up
  • Belaying: mandatory 15 and up
  • Bouldering: 8-14 spotter required; 15+ spotter recommended; 7 and under restricted

What should climbers wear?

Classic gym-class attire and close-toes pair of shoes, such as sneakers, are perfect!

Do I have to be strong in order to climb?

Absolutely not. Island Rock has walls for every ability. If you can climb up a ladder then you can climb here. Climbing is a sport that you get progressively better at the more you do it. Perseverance is the most important factor when you climb. If you are not in good shape, you will see improvements rapidly when you start climbing. The word “can’t” will soon leave your vocabulary, and you will see that you can soar past any limits you previously thought you had.

What are the benefits of rock climbing?

Rock climbing is FUN, plain and simple. Beyond that, climbing is a total body workout. If you’re not in shape and want to get in shape, rock climbing is perfect for you. You’ll get your heart rate pumping for a cardio workout while you work your upper body, abdominals and lower body for strength. If you already exercise, this is an amazing workout that beats the boring workouts you can suffer at other gyms. Climbing has been featured in health and fitness magazines along with cable and prime time television specials. And it’s easy to stay motivated because it’s so much fun! This is the ultimate fitness experience!

What happens if I’m afraid of heights?

This is for you! There is no better way to get over your fear than to face it. Climbing at Island Rock is a very safe and controlled environment in which you can get over your fear. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with people who are afraid of heights. And it turns out that the people afraid of heights, once over their fears, are often the best climbers in the gym!