ACA certified Lead 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.

*If you are not certified as an Assistant Pro Guide, you will be required to perform the Assistant Guide 2 day internship.

Lead Pro Canyon Guides have successfully passed the ACA’s  4-day Lead Pro Guide Course and the 2-day Lead Pro Guide Assessment.

Lead Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

  1. Prerequisite: Must be a current ACA Canyon Leader 2.
  2. Take the ACA's Lead Pro Guide 4-day Course
  3. Perform 2-day Internship (coordinate with Pro Guide)
  4. Pass the ACA's Lead Pro Guide 2-day in-canyon Assessment.
    • Prerequisite: 50 canyon descents completed by the time of Assessment.
  5. Submit a Canyon Resume that reflects the following:
    • minimum of 100 canyon descents
    • minimum of 25 unique canyons descended
  6. Submit the appropriate First Aid / CPR certification (WFR for USA)
  7. Create and maintain your member profile on the ACA's website.

How long does Lead Pro Guide designation last?

Lead Pro Guide designation is valid for three years.

How do I renew my Lead Pro Guide designation?

To renew, you must before expiration:

Retake the assessment

OR...

Participate in 16 hours of continuing education + 2 Training Events (GLAR/Rondys/Ground School/Intro Classes)

AND...

  1. Must hold a valid WFR certification (or Intn’l equivalent).
  2. Keep your member profile current on the ACA's website

What people are saying …

"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 had a great time in this class even though I missed some of it. Rich you're a great teacher you know how to make it fun."

May 28, 2015

"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

"A very fun, highly informative course that covered anchors, rigging, techniques, and then some! Between Rich's experience and the multiple days of valuable information provided, this course was an absolute bargain!"

May 28, 2015

"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."

May 28, 2015

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