Toronto Climbing Academy instructors are qualified and meet the Industry Practices outlined by: Ontario Rock-Climbing Association; Climbing Gym Associatio of Ontario; ACMG Climbing Gym and Climbing Wall Association.
In addition TCA has worked with Toronto District School Board and Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) to prepare Climbing Guidelines.
In addition to their technical expertise, they are also talented educators.
Sasha Akalski – Owner
Our owner, Sasha Akalski, is an experienced professional climbing coach with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, and Master of Rock Climbing and Mountaineering. He has over 40 years of professional involvement as a climber, official, international judge and coach.
He graduated from the Sports University in Bulgaria and went on to coach the Bulgarian Sport Climbing Team. Sasha is former Canadian representative for the International Sport Climbing Federation.
As the gym's head trainer and program designer, Sasha is dedicated to providing quality programs at all levels.
Our route-setters, Hristo and Marieta Akalski, have been competing for the last twenty years in National and International events:
Chris – Proprietor, General Manager, and Kids Programs Co-ordinator
He has over 20 years of climbing experience. He has been the Head Instructor and Route-setter for fifteen years and is the founder and program coordinator of the popular kids Rock Safety Courses. His competition experience has helped him organize and run many climbing events. His father has been a great influence and mentors him each step of the way.
Marieta – Co-owner, Dedicated Climber and Champion
She has also 20 years of climbing experience, but unlike her brother has won over 10 competitions world wide including being the 2001 Canadian National Bouldering Champion.
Ranked fifth overall in Tour de Bloc in 2012/2013 season. Member of the Canadian National Team. Represented Canada in three Bouldering World Cup competitions in 2013.
As one of the primary instructors she is passionate about climbing, her friends, and all the TCA climbers.
Together with the rest of the TCA staff they work hard each day to create interesting climbing courses and a memorable experience while maintaining a professional and unique environment.
Our friendly, energetic, and knowledgable staff includes:
Victoria, Aikayla, Elias, Alex, Ray, Chris, Geraldine, Jason, Daryan, Melody, Marc, Michelle,Heather as well as a long list of belayers who bring their own bounce to entertain and safeguard climbers.