Owners of Clip ’N Climb North Shore, Derek Bain and Chia-I Liu, describe their 18 month old business as “climbing walls meet theme park”.
Their business offers 38 fun walls, each with three different challenges, and two Ultimate Challenges for those who are up for that extreme adrenaline pumping experience.
The Leap of Faith sees people leaping into the air from a platform and trying to hold onto a punching bag.
The nine metre Vertical Drop Slide involves people holding onto a handle and getting pulled up vertically then dropping by letting their hands go.
The couple started Clip ’N Climb North Shore after enjoying taking their kids to other Clip ’N Climb centres and saw an opportunity to open their own centre on the rapidly growing North Shore.
Derek says Clip ’N Climb is popular with families, friends, schools, parties, youth groups, sports teams, work socials and corporate team building.
“We’ve had customer age from 4 to 84 years old climbing with us. It’s fun, challenging and a full body workout, which stimulates our brains. It truly is ﬁtness in disguise,” says Derek.
Clip ’N Climb is extremely safe as the automatic belay system takes in the slack as people climb up and then lowers them gently to the ground as they descend.
Chia-I says that is why schools trust and use their facilities to introduce the students to basic climbing knowledge and skills in the safe and controlled environment. They also run a very popular Rock Stars After School Programme that comprises a nine-week introduction programme to climbing.
“By the end of the nine weeks the childrens’ climbing knowledge and skills improve and much conﬁdence is gained. It is very rewarding and satisfying for us to witness their achievement,” says Chia-I.
Clip ’N Climb North Shore employs a team of local secondary school students led by their 18 year old general manager, Laurelle Shanley. The team ensures the customers are safe, entertained and challenged. Becoming an integral part of the community is important to the couple.
“We wanted to create a local business that offers something fun, healthy and safe that the whole family can enjoy together. “That’s why we offer a discounted Family Pass so parents have no excuses not to join in and climb alongside with their kids.”
says Derek. “We also support our local businesses,” adds Chia-I. “We collaborate with them including their products into our Clip ’N Climb Party Packages.”
Clip ’N Climb North Shore also donates vouchers to schools, charity, sports and local groups and assists with hosting fundraising events.
It responds to customer requests, for example holding special climbing sessions for children with autism where things are kept quieter with extra staff support.
“Even though the business is going from strength to strength, we still learn something every time we open our door,” says Derek.
“We are constantly trying to better ourselves and make improvements to the business through our customers’ feedback.”
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