ACA Canyon Rating System

Explanation of the ACA Canyon Rating System, including technical terrain, rope work and water classifications.


ACA Skills Checklists

Skills Checklists covering recreational canyoneering skill levels: Core; Sovereign, Aspirant; Assistant Canyon Leader; Canyon Leader

Skills Checklists covering pro canyoneering skill levels: Assistant Pro Guide; Lead Pro Guide

These Skills Checklists will guide you through the sequence of skills acquisition. Seek out training that will provide you with those skills in roughly the order recommended in the checklists. Consider our Skills Checklists as your road map to becoming a more competent, safe and self-reliant canyoneer.
Click on the desired list below:

Core

Sovereign Canyoneer

Canyon Leader Skills:
Aspirant Canyon Leader
Assistant Canyon Leader
Canyon Leader

Pro Guide Skills:
Assistant Pro Guide
Lead Pro Guide

All ACA Skills Checklists

Skills Checklist in Spanish

Skills Checklists also provide you with a useful objective tool for evaluating potential canyoneering partners. Experience does not necessarily equate to competence. Stories are all too common about a beginner who trusted a partner who claimed to be an expert because he/she had descended 20, 50 or 100 canyons, but when things went wrong, the "expert" didn't have the technical skills required to deal with the situation. Instead of being impressed (and trusting) by the number of canyons your prospective partner claims to have descended, use the skills checklists to quiz them about their actual technical competence.


ACA Canyon Resume

Spreadsheet you can use to record your canyoneering adventures and keep track of your training progression.


Canyoneering Signals

Common whistle and hand signals for canyoneering. Trim and laminate the sheet to take it with you on all of your canyoneering adventures. Be sure to make extra copies for your canyoneering partners, too.


Canyons • Canyoneering Primer

Created as a joint effort by many members of the canyoneering community, this informative 24-page booklet addresses canyoneering safety, trip planning, style and ethics. More than 40,000 copies in circulation.


Cañones • Fondo de Cañonismo

La versión en Español de nuestra popular Folleto Cañones.


Mechanical Advantage Primer

An introduction to mechanical advantage systems used in technical rescue.

 

ACA Incident Report

Print this form, or use it as a guide to report incidents on our ACA Facebook Page or Facebook Regional Groups


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Gallery

Visit the ACA Canyon Gallery to browse canyoneering photos from courses, rendezvous, meetups and photo contests.

What people are saying …

This is a FREE workshop, open to all ACA Canyoneering Meetup group and Facebook members. Participation in this workshop is continually at the discretion of the instructor(s). It is up to each participant to fairly and accurately assess their existing skills to determine whether the material to be learned and practiced is appropriate for their abilities. OBJECTIVE: Provide students with the basic personal anchoring skills needed to descend easy canyons as team members with competent leaders and mentors. If you are seeking more complete training, please consider participating in a course offered by an ACA certified instructor/guide (http://www.canyoneering.net/hire-a-guide/). Anchor skills introduced will include: • General Safety • Principles of Anchor Location (D.E.A.R) • Principles of Anchor Construction (E.A.R.N.E.S.T) • Single-point Natural Anchors • Multi-point Natural Anchors • Multi-point Bolt Anchors • Dead Man Anchors • Applying sequencing and friction to utilize otherwise marginal anchors. Required items to bring to class: • Harness • Climbing Helmet • Rappel Device (Totem, ATS, Pirana, CRITR2, SQWUREL) or similar device preferred. No ATCs or similar tube-type device or Figure 8s. • 3-4 Locking Screw-Gate Carabiners (HMS, pear-shape preferred) • 2-20 feet Tubular Webbing • 10 feet 6mm or 7mm Cord for Knot Practice • 1-Quick link • Rope/Rope protection if you can bring it. • Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about purchasing equipment Things to note: • We will be outside, so dress appropriately for anticipated weather (closed-toe shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker/jacket, and whatever else you may need to stay comfortable). • Bring snacks, water, etc. Bring a portable chair/cushion to sit on. Come prepared to take notes (pen, notebook, camera). • No +1 RSVPs. If you know someone who would like to attend, please have them join the ACA meetup group and sign up using their own account. • This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that: Canyoneering and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death; The organizers of this meetup and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event; You release and forever discharge the organizers jointly and severally from any actions, causes of actions, claims, damage, loss including death or injury which may be sustained from participating in this Meetup event. • All attendees are participating at this event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury or loss in whatever form to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and release and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim including a lawsuit or other action arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

January 27, 2020

Signup for this workshop on the following Meetup page:https://www.meetup.com/ACA-Canyoneering-MeetUp/events/bxsfmrybchbjc/   This is a FREE workshop, open to all ACA-Canyoneering Meetup and Facebook members. Participation in this workshop is continually at the discretion of the instructor(s). It is up to each participant to fairly and accurately assess their existing skills to determine whether the material to be learned and practiced is appropriate for their abilities. PREREQUISITE: You must be comfortable rappelling and ascending on rope. OBJECTIVE: Provide students with the basic personal on rope skills and techniques needed to descend easy canyons as team members with competent leaders and mentors. If you are seeking more complete training, please consider participating in a course offered by an ACA certified instructor/guide. On rope skills and techniques introduced will include: •General Safety • Ascending/Descending Using Friction Hitches & Mechanical Devices • Ascending/Rappelling Transitions • Passing a Knot • Putting it all together - Pass the Knot exercise Required items to bring to class: • Harness • Climbing Helmet • Rappel Device (Totem, ATS, Pirana, CRITR2, SQWUREL) or similar device preferred. • 3-4 Locking Screw-Gate Carabiners (HMS, pear-shape preferred) • 2-20 feet Tubular Webbing • 10 feet 6mm or 7mm Cord for Knot Practice • Rope/Rope protection if you can bring it. • 1-Quick link • Purcell Prusik or slings • Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about purchasing equipment Things to note: • We will be practicing at height! Skills will be practiced with weighted ropes. • We will be outside, so dress appropriately for anticipated weather (closed toe shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker/jacket, and whatever else you may need to stay comfortable for the day). • Bring snacks, water, etc. Bring a portable chair/cushion to sit on. Come prepared to take notes (pen, notebook, camera). • No +1 RSVPs. If you know someone who would like to attend, please have them join the ACA meetup group and sign up using their own account. • This event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that: Canyoneering and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death; The organizers of this meetup and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event; You release and forever discharge the organizers jointly and severally from any actions, causes of actions, claims, damage, loss including death or injury which may be sustained from participating in this Meetup event. • All attendees are participating at this event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury or loss in whatever form to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and release, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim including a lawsuit or other action arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

February 5, 2020

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March 2, 2022

For many canyoneers, the ultimate in canyon obstacles is the Keeper Pothole. Whether wet or dry, deep and or wide, these bizarre sandstone features have thwarted many canyon adventures. Join Excursions of Escalante for two days of intensive pothole training and begin learning the skill sets to Master "keepers". Empower yourself and turn those intimidating obstacles into another awesome canyoneering challenge that is manageable, and ultimately looked forward to with confidence. Variety helps! Escalante is blessed with canyon “keepers” of nearly every shape, size and challenge level imaginable. This course allows participants to spend the entire day experiencing the true variety of pothole “problems” that exist in the wild. The broader your knowledge base, the more fun we can have in the future! Easy money. PREREQUISITES: Completion of Core Canyoneering Course or equivalent experience. This course is not geared for beginner canyoneers, please inquire for additional information if uncertain. We have an 8 Student Maximum ***You MUST be a confident swimmer to participate in this course! NO EXCEPTIONS. These are BIG days! Meet at 7:00AM and end between 3:30pm-4:30pm. Students should plan to be with us for a minimum of 8 hours per day. $410 Per Person. Includes lunch each day, coffee or tea in the morning & ice cream in the afternoon. *5 person minimum to conduct workshop. Tax not included. Payment is due via Venmo. RESERVATIONS: This Course will be filled on a "first paid, first served" basis. To hold reservation, payment must be received within 24hrs of RSVP. RSVPs will be removed if payment is not received within this time period (ie...RSVP and pay at the same time:) Payments are 100% refundable up to 60 days prior to course start date. Cancelations after this date are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable. ***Deposits and full payments of cancelled courses may not be credited towards future courses. ***We recommend purchasing trip insurance. The weather in Escalante can change quickly during the course. Please be aware of the forecasts and come appropriately prepared. Cancellation due to bad weather is determined day of the trip. All guests/students must be present at time of determination. If we determine that the weather would make the trip unsafe, and therefore cancel, you will receive a full refund. **Please note that the location of ANY trip is subject to change based upon the current weather (precipitation, temperature etc.) and group. Stay Spicy! Rick Green **Please email us at info@canyoneering.net to arrange payment via Venmo.

March 16, 2021

"I am really impressed with not only the skills and techniques but the fact that you put together such a great course. You did a great job and I learned a lot."

July 5, 2018