The training to become a IAPA Toprope Belayer is one of the basic courses of the IAPA to work in ropes courses. As a Toprope Belayer you master the fundamentals of work on toprope stations and you are able to use these safely with participants. The support of the climbing stations as well as the material and safety instructions are the mainstay of the diversified and responsible work as a Toprope Belayer.

The basic training to become a IAPA Toprope Belayer comprises at least 30 teaching units (45 min each).
The training is carried out by a certified IAPA Trainer in one’s own facility.


  • Proof of first aid (9 teaching units) respectively the signed IAPA G41/ first aid paper.
  • Minimum age: 18.
  • The training participant has a written and spoken command of the working language in the adventure park.
  • The training participant shows no signs of drug abuse.
  • The training participant is physically and mentally fit.

Content of the training:

  • Knowledge of basic operating procedures (what is being done every day before the adventure park is opened, by whom, level of quality).
  • Knowledge of the routine visual check according to EN 15567-1, including all necessary visual and functional checks before the park is opened.
  • The toprope belayer must be able to assess a PPE’s state visually in order to detect damage and, if necessary, to initiate measures to correct the identified defects (belay devices, lanyards, harnesses, helmets and all other PPEs which are used by participants during the park’s operation).
  • Ability to properly put PPE on oneself and others, including chest harness when applicable.
  • Communication with and handling of climbers and belay chain, presentation of information and instructions (safety briefing).
  • Extensive knowledge of the assisted belay systems used in the facility.
  • Levels of supervision and verbal intervention techniques and knowledge of operating procedures specific to each facility.
  • The toprope belayer must be both physically and mentally able to walk the complete assisted belaying stations.