Fixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide is a certification available to individuals who either (a) guide fewer than three canyons that all have similar characteristics, hydrology, and emergency response requirements, or (b) guide canyons rated no higher than 3-C2 with simple, straight-forward anchors and rigging (e.g. single-point natural anchors, bolted anchors, basic deadman anchors).

flow-FSSPThis certification level is ideal for those seeking an entry-level certification as a foundation for gaining additional guiding experience working as an assistant guide before pursuing full Pro Canyon Guide certification.

It is also suitable for individuals who anticipate that a significant portion of their work will be teaching canyoneering skills in non-canyon environments (i.e. local climbing crags).

 

Fixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

1. Learn skills from the ACA's Level 1, 2, and 3 skills checklists.

2. Get out and descend canyons! Practice your skills.

3. Complete the ACA's Level I Leader/Guide Course.

4. Pass the ACA's Level I Leader/Guide Assessment.

5. Submit a Canyon Resume that reflects the following:

  • minimum of 100 canyon descents;
  • minimum of 2 unique canyons descended;
  • minimum of 10 canyons descended in which you performed in a lead or guide role, at least 3 of which must have been done with a current ACA-certified Pro Canyon Guide as mentor AFTER the Level I Assessment.

Custom Training & Assessments

Custom training and assessments are available for programs who are interested in pursuing certification for their staff. Training can be tailored to your specific needs and taught at your location. This allows your team to develop skills based on the local environment and the anchor, rigging and rescue situations they could most likely encounter.

It may be possible to schedule a Level 1 Canyon Leader/Guide Course and Fixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide assessment, as well as an Accreditation Review during the same visit.

What people are saying …

“Learning canyoneering from Rich

is like learning religion from the Pope.”

–Briget Eastep, Southern Utah University

“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed

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“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!”

"This was a great opportunity for me to get exposure to a myriad of new techniques for use in future canyoneering exploits. The experience and perspective of the instructors added another dimension and contributed greatly to the value of the course."

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I learned a lot, and look forward to putting it all into action. Rich was particularly great with doing clean and easy to follow demonstrations, and answering tangential questions.”

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