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 Guide

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

1. Pass the ACA's Canyon Leader I/Guide Assessment.

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

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

  • minimum of 100 canyon descents;
  • minimum of 2 unique canyons descended
  • minimum of 15 canyons descended in which you performed in a lead role
 

How long does Fixed Site / Single Pitch Guide certification last?

Fixed Site / Single Pitch Guide certification 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. (3) Must hold a valid WFA certification.

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 …

"The technical info and application of methods was outstanding. Rich and Stefan provided some great approaches to common canyoneering problems. If Rich had not told me that it was the first [ACA] course, I would not have known. Everything went very smoothly."

May 28, 2015

"This course will easily become the standard by which any other canyoneering course will be judged. It was amazing that the professional mountaineering guides found a lot to learn, but the pace was such that a neophyte like me could also pick things up quickly."

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

"I learned more in 2 days of class from Rich than I have learned in the last 5 years of canyoneering. His style of teaching makes seemingly complicated ideas extremely simple. My confidence level in my abilities has greatly increased as a result. I will surely be taking future courses from Rich."

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

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