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.


Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

1. Must be current Fixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide or ACA Canyon Leader. Exceptions can be made for:

(a) Individuals who have already accumulated at least 80 canyon guiding days and present letters of recommendation from 2 currently certified Pro Canyon Guides.

(b) Individuals who hold or have held equivalent certification from another recognized organization.

2. Get out and descend canyons! Practice your skills.

3. Complete the ACA's Level II Leader/Guide Course.

4. Pass the ACA's Level II Leader/Guide Assessment.

5. Submit a Canyon Resume that reflects the following:

  • minimum of 100 canyon descents;
  • minimum of 10 unique canyons descended;
  • minimum of 40 canyons descended in which you performed in a lead role, at least 5 of which must have been done with a current ACA-certified Pro Canyon Guide as mentor AFTER the Level II Assessment.

What people are saying …

“Learning canyoneering from Rich

is like learning religion from the Pope.”

–Briget Eastep, Southern Utah University

“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.”

“Awesome group

Rich, cant wait to learn more from you once I get down perfect everything you taught us. It was an amazingly well digested canyoneering course that makes you want to go back for more.”

"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.”

“It’s unbelievable how much we have learned

in one week. Great teaching and patience displayed by all instructors. Great body of knowledge taught. Good hands-on experience. Good pace and sequence of topics.”

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