The Pad Climbing


Join our community by helping yours!

We offer opportunities for those who volunteer for us, or for our community partners to earn memberships to The Pad. Please review your options below. You must qualify with the organizations in order to participate in our program. Please let them know that you are looking for the Pad membership benefit when you qualify.

Are you an organization that would like to participate? Please contact us

Be a recurring volunteer

Volunteer at least 10 hours a month at any of the following organizations in exchange for a membership at the gym.

Just two hours a week gets you:

  • a full reciprocal membership and all the benefits that come with it

  • a chance to be a part of the leadership team that sets the tone for everyone at The Pad


How to do the thing:

Send an email to and tell us a little about yourself, your interest, and your availability.  We’ll respond with what we have currently available!

  • Belayer:  You must have experience belaying, be belay certified through The Pad, and be super comfortable with ensuring the safety of climbers on the floor of the rope area.

  • Hold washer: Can’t get enough of those sweet, sweet plastic grips? Come help clean them off! This is also a great way to get involved in routesetting in the future.

  • Cleaning: sometimes there’s something bigger out there than our cleaners do – that’s where you come in

  • Special Projects:  Do you see something that would make us even better and you have the skills to make it happen? Let us know.

Enroll in a mentorship program

Are you a young person looking to climb or someone undergoing a life change? Sign up for one of these mentorship programs:

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Our youth camps are STILL operating but full. If you see people at the gym, this is why. 

SLO County is recommending everyone get tested as often as possible to drive case numbers down. 

If you’re curious about conditions that will allow us to reopen, CLICK HERE to see the state dashboard.

Currently, purple = closed. Red = 10% capacity. Orange = 25% capacity. Yellow = 50% capacity.