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  4-day Assistant Guide Assessment.

Assistant Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

1. Must be current Single Site Guide or ACA Canyon Leader.

2. Create and maintain your member profile on the ACA's website.

3. Pass the ACA's Assistant Pro Guide Assessment both in and out of canyons.

4. Submit a Canyon Resume on profile that reflects the following:

  • minimum of 100 canyon descents
  • minimum of 15 unique canyons descended
  • minimum of 20 canyons descended in which you performed in a lead role
4. Submit the appropriate First Aid / CPR certification (WFR for USA)

How long does Assistant Pro Guide designation last?

Assistant Pro Guide designation is valid for three years, provided you (1) keep your member profile current on the ACA's website, (2) Participate in 16 hours of continuing education / training. (3) Must hold a valid WFR certification.

What people are saying …

"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

"I have been a rock climber for over a decade and didn't really expect to learn anything new. Was I ever wrong. I didn't realize that there were so many specialized systems employed in canyoneering. All of it makes sense. Rock climbing systems are fine for dry rock, but not at all appropriate in a canyon - especially if there is water present."

May 28, 2015

"Rich is a gifted instructor with a good sense of humor. I found his descriptions of complex (at least for me) systems and setups to be clear. He's also a great evaluator of skills assessment."

May 28, 2015

"Rich is a wealth of knowledge in his field. His funny, open-hearted teaching style is welcomed by all students. I felt more prepared going forward in my own canyoneering. I look forward to learning more from him."

May 28, 2015

"I'm so glad I went! I felt like I was learning from the source of knowledge on canyoneering. Really, Rich teaches guides and rescue teams. Instead of me going to a guide, who was probably trained by Rich, I was able to learn from the source! That really shows when he would explain the different techniques/views and how those have changed over time and why. I felt like I was well trained in canyoneering, and also given a depth of understanding that I couldn't get anywhere else. I would highly recommend Rich's classes!"

June 1, 2015

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