ACA certified Assistant Pro Canyon Guides are individuals who have attained and demonstrated a high level of technical competence through rigorous training and examination that meets and exceeds international standards. For prospective clients and students, ACA certification provides a decisive tool for choosing the right guide/instructor to help them achieve their objectives.

Assistant Pro Canyon Guides have successfully passed the ACA’s  3-day Assistant Pro Guide course and 2-day Assistant Pro Guide Assessment.

Assistant Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

  1. Prerequisite: Must be a current ACA Canyon Leader 1
  2. Take the Assistant Pro Guide 3-day Course.
  3. Perform 2-day Internship (coordinate with Pro Guide).
  4. Pass the ACA's Assistant Pro Guide 2-day in-canyon Assessment.
    • Prerequisite: 25 canyon descents completed by the time of Assessment.
  5. Submit a Canyon Resume that reflects the following:
    • minimum of 50 canyon descents
    • minimum of 15 unique canyons descended
  6. Submit the appropriate First Aid / CPR certification (WFR for USA)
  7. Create and maintain your member profile on the ACA's website

How long does Assistant Pro Guide designation last?

Assistant Pro Guide designation is valid for three years.

How do I renew my Assistant Pro Guide designation?

To renew, you must before expiration:

Retake the assessment.

OR...

Participate in 16 hours of continuing education + 2 Training Events (GLAR/Rondys/Ground School/Intro Classes)

AND...

  1. Must hold a valid WFR certification (or Intn’l equivalent).
  2. Keep your member profile current on the ACA's website,

What people are saying …

"Even more than expected! Rich is such a skilled and patient instructor. My son and I can't stop talking about everything we learned and will be putting it to use for sure. Thanks to Rich and Judy for a great weekend as well as making new friends."

May 28, 2015

"It was immediately obvious that your instructors are not just canyoneers, turned guides, turned instructors. The course structure and quality of instruction was as good or better than any college course I have ever taken. Very professional."

May 28, 2015

"I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time I had in the Level I course that finished last week. I learned an incredible amount of information and had such fun doing it. Dave Black has an infectious, tangible passion for the canyons. Being in his class was a priviledge. Rarely have I met such a capable man. I felt completely secure and comfortable in his presence. He's the kind of guy you believe could cook you dinner, fix a radio and build a quonset hut from a couple of carabiners and some webbing. No doubt he has forgotten more about canyons and climbing than I will ever know. It is such a gratifying discovery to realize how much you don't know about something. I have a long way to go, but I am genuinely looking forward to more canyoneering. Thanks very much for a great course."

May 28, 2015

"The class was fun and loaded with so much useful information. Thanks Rich and Judy for providing a warm and relaxed environment to learn and practice the ART of canyoneering I also found it to be another opportunity to meet great people and network to get out and have fun!"

May 28, 2015

"This is the place to be... Rich shares his expertise and passion for the sport like no one else. Patient with everyone from beginner to experienced and yes, sometimes the experienced ones require the most patience! Although Rich is headquartered in Utah, he frequently comes back to CA for a workshop... do NOT miss it!"

May 28, 2015

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