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 …

"Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I really enjoyed your course. Thanks for your patience. You are a great teacher. I have found in the past that just because one has the knowledge on something, doesn't mean they have the ability to convey that information to others in a way they can retain it. You actually have the gift. I know I retained more that I thought I would. It was a pleasure spending those three days under your guidance."

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

"Absolutely loved the workshop with Rich Carlson. Definitely a fan of the Totem and VT prusik . Every canyoneer needs these versatile tools in their pack. I would recommend this course to anybody wanting to get instruction from one of the best canyoneers in the world. Thanks Rich!"

May 28, 2015

"I wanted to thank you again for the course on technical canyoneering last weekend. It truly was a great course and I am very glad I took it. I learned so much that I think I went into information-overload. So I tried to focus on the main principles you reinforced in the scenarios more than anything else: repetition, repetition, repetition. I guess I am writing because I am so grateful. I have been on the ACA website these last few days and I have noticed how much effort you put into the site, promoting the sport and the proper techniques. Thanks, it has opened up a whole new world for me.”

May 28, 2015

"What a learning experience Rich knows how to get the right info across, great style, actually gets you to answer your own questions and concerns, excellent hands on, and field experience, would highly recommend the workshop to anyone that wants to get into canyoneering, great value. Thanks again Rich”

May 28, 2015

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