Ropes Course


Growing Better Together


At the Greater Naples YMCA we understand that building self-confidence and developing leadership skills is accomplished by fostering cooperation among members of a team.

Challenge courses are one of the most effective ways of illustrating and attaining these values. Our team challenges and team-building on our ropes course and rock wall can be a fun, challenging and rewarding expierences for co-workers, families and corporations as they learn to come together and function as a team!

Click here to view photos of some of our particpants that have taken the ropes course challenge.


Our team building challenge course is designed to serve a wide variety of audiences with great results. All programs are instructed by highly trained and staff who carefully instruct, guide and support every participant. We aim to give everyone an enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable experience.

Our course provides:

  • Team Building
  • Effective Communication
  • Self Esteem
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Trust
  • Motivation
  • Positive Risk Taking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Conflict Resolution


The low elements challenge the group to climb, balance, or maneuver through a series of obstacles only a few feet off the ground. Participants develop trust in each other and learn to rely on the team for support. The activity as well as group discussion strengthen communication, problem solving, and decision-making skills among group members.

Our Ropes courses are perfect for:

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Corporate groups
  • Schools
  • College students


Rock Climbing is a unique and challenging sport that requires strength of mind and body. The rock wall is a great addition to your low element challenge. No previous experience or special equipment is required, just a willingness to have fun and challenge yourself.


Coach Dan Kiestlinger We are excited to have Coach Dan Kiestlinger join our team for the season. He received his BS from Manhattan College in 1970. He retired in June of 2011 after completing 41 years in New Hampshire public education. He began his teaching career in Physical Education with the Londonderry School District, Londonderry, NH and after 30 years left Londonderry to assist the town of Litchfield, NH in the opening of Campbell High School in 2000. During his eleven years on staff at CHS he worked in many different roles as a physical educator, varsity boys’ basketball coach and director of athletics.

Coach “K”, as he is affectingly known, created a school year adventure based learning program entitled, “Operation Venture” in 1974 and directed it throughout his career. He was the creator and director of a popular summer adventure program entitled, “Venture Unlimited, which specialized in hiking, bicycle touring, rock climbing and challenge course activities for over 25 years. The coach has been actively engaged in all aspects of team building from school aged youngsters to the adult community. He has been passionate throughout his career in helping individuals and groups to be the best they are capable of becoming.

Mr. Kiestlinger is a member of the Hall of Fame of the NH Coaches Association, the Londonderry High School Hall of Fame and the Manchester Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named 1994 Citizen of the Year for the Town of Londonderry, NH. He was awarded the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award by the Manchester Union Leader and was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Recreation by the NHAHPERED. Coach “K” was also recognized as Athletic Director of the Year for Division III in 2006-2007 and 2010-2011. He served for eight years as a member of the NH Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health.

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To learn more or schedule a ropes course for your group or staff contact us today!

Heidi Roderick BS, LAT/ATC, CSCS, CHIP Facilitator
Director of Community Health & Wellness
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