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 …

"Rich Carlson could be considered the father of American canyoneering because of his influence on style, technique, and ethics. In 1999 Carlson established the American Canyoneering Association to promote safety, responsibility, and ethics in American canyoneering. Rich and the ACA have been critical factors in building national standards that have become the cornerstone of canyoneering at the recreational and professional levels throughout the Americas." --Dave Black

May 28, 2015

"Maybe I shouldn't say this since I'm planning to take more courses in the future, but your fees are too low. I learned more in three days than I have in my first six years of canyoneering with friends. The course is worth at least twice what you are charging. Kudos."

May 28, 2015

"Rich's­ Anchors, Rigging and Techniques class was excellent, and well worth attending. We learned so much that was useful from this master teacher. Thank you Rich!"

June 6, 2015

"I learned more ropework in 6 days with Rich than I learned in 25 years of climbing. Thank you for introducing me to the world of canyoneering." --Tom Jones

May 28, 2015

"It was a privilege learning from a master like Dave. The natural anchor systems he taught showed a great deal of creativity. It was refreshing to hear from someone who could speak from many years of real practical experience, instead of those chest-thumpers on the chat group. Thank you for caring about us newbies."

May 28, 2015

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