ACA certified 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.

Pro Canyon Guides have successfully completed the ACA’s 7-day Level II Leader/Guide Course and passed the 4-day Level II Assessment.

 

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  designationFixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide last?

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

 

Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

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

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

3. Pass the ACA's Level II Leader/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 20 unique canyons descended
  • minimum of 30 canyons descended in which you performed in a lead role
 

How long does Pro Guide designation last?

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. (3) Must hold a valid WFR certification.

What people are saying …

"Even though I have climbed for 15 years, I learned a lot of new, cool techniques. Wow! Great course."

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

"Rich has a passion for teaching simplicity, efficiency, and most of all, safety while traversing through the beauty of our Colorado Plateau slot canyons. His humility and humor offset his directness in dealing with misconceptions and outright dangerous methodologies."

August 18, 2015

"I just wanted to let you know I had a great time at the canyoneering course. Thank you guys for being so flexible with the group and for making sure we were all being taught material that suited our experience and interests. I hope to be able to attend one of the advanced courses in the next year."

May 28, 2015

"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

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