Volunteering as an Instructor

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as an instructor with the WAC Basic Climbing Class! We are a 100% volunteer-run organization and rely on instructors like you to help teach, coach, and guide new climbers throughout their education. Volunteering is a great way to keep your skills fresh while teaching others, engage with the community, and meet new climbing partners. We appreciate your generosity and consideration.

Returning WAC Member?

All WAC members including graduates of the Basic and Intermediate Climbing Classes are required to:

  • Attend Instructor Training.

    • Training sessions are occurring from late January - mid March.

    • These session will consist of reviewing several critical skills, going over how to teach these skills, and becoming skilled at identifying potential issues and how to address them.

  • Have an up-to-date WAC membership: Begin by renewing your membership or becoming a new member, and sign the appropriate waiver.

  • Register for whichever weekends or evenings you are interested in teaching. You do not need to commit to a minimum number of days to volunteer. However, you must complete the steps above in order to volunteer for any single day.

New to the WAC?

First, you'll prepare a short climbing resume to send to the BCC Co-Chairs at wac-basic-chairs ΑΤ googlegroups DΟΤ com to begin the intake process. This resume should include:

  • Your climbing education & background: What climbing classes you've taken, how you learned your skills.

  • Your climbing experience: How many years you've been climbing, notable climbs you've led and/or participated in.

  • Your personal evaluation: Strengths and weaknesses, interest in teaching, what you'd bring to the organization, and "Why WAC?"

Next, your instructor interview process will begin:

  • You'll be interviewed by 1-2 instructors to find out about your background and motivation for teaching in the WAC.

  • You'll be invited to attend the Instructor Meet and Greet (typically held in late January or early February) to learn more about the class and talk to other instructors.

Finally:

  • You'll be required to follow the same steps as outlined in "Returning WAC Member" including attending Instructor Training sessions, being up-to-date on your WAC membership, and register for weekends you're interested in teaching.

  • Please review the WAC way, which is the collection of technical methods our club has chosen to adopt for our climbing curriculum. We acknowledge there are many ways to address various technical skills, but for the sake of consistency in how/what we are teaching, we ask that all instructors (and students) work within the WAC way.

All event dates are in the Schedule and Google Calendar. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the co-chairs.

Thank you again for volunteering! We couldn't run the BCC without you.