The ACA Sovereign Canyoneer is a recreational program intended for individuals who do not wish to enter the Canyon Leader or Pro Guide track, but instead wish to become self sufficient canyoners in their own right. This program is intended for the individual(s) who wants to gain more knowledge and improve their technical skills while becoming a safer canyoneer.

The mission of the Sovereign Canyoneer Program is to improve individual canyoneering safety thereby lifting the sum of the whole. Goals of the program include: (1) Provide training for beginner and intermediate canyoneers, and (2) Provide necessary technical skills and canyon rescue training for the attainment of a Sovereign Canyoneer.

Our Sovereign Canyoneer Program consists of two levels:

    • Core Canyoneer
    • Sovereign Canyoneer

       

Core Canyoneer

A Core Canyoneer is an individual who has trained on and mastered all of the skills from the ACA's Core Skills Checklists.

These are the basic skills required to descend a canyon with competent leaders.

Note: Core Canyoneers are not Canyon Leaders or Guides and should never act as such.


Core Canyoneer -- Step by Step

1. Download, review, and practice the Core Skills Checklist.

2. Attend the Core Canyoneer Training course.

3. Descend canyons with competent leadership.

4. Don't for get to have fun doing it! - canyoneering is all about seeing beautiful places while doing it safely.

The Core Canyoneer course is a very popular course that helps students develop the skills to be competent as an active participant, when canyoneering. Capable to understand and manage personal safety, to make basic
assessments (weather, time, etc) and assist with some group responsibilities. This course provides students with the basic concepts and critical knowledge to begin seeing these stunning places with confidence and presence while gaining valuable experience.

Sovereign Canyoneer

A Sovereign Canyoneer is an individual who has shown proficiency in the items on the Core & Sovereign Skills Checklists.

These are the necessary skills and knowledge required to be a self sufficient canyoneer.

Note: Sovereign Canyoneers are not ACA Canyon Leaders or Guides and should never represent themselves as such.


Sovereign Canyoneer -- Step by Step

1. Download, review, and practice the Core and Sovereign Skills Checklists.

2. Attend the Sovereign Canyoneer Training course.

3. Descend canyons with competent partners.

4. Don't for get to have fun doing it! - canyoneering is all about seeing beautiful places while doing it safely.

The Sovereign Canyoneer course is tailored for the person seeking to be an informed canyoneering teammate. A “partner” in the assessment of challenges and provider of direct input into the processes of finding solutions. Using a hybrid of Skills from the Aspirant and Assistant Leader skills checklists, we have created a course that will increase canyon awareness, expand on workable solutions and provide options to solving some of the more exceptional challenges.

What people are saying …

This is a FREE event, open to all ACA-MeetUp group members.

This will be a Aspirant practice session for those attending the Aspirant Assessment. We can get a group consensus on the skills that we would like to practice. Topics can include an item from the ACA Skills checklists such as passing a knot, rigging and anchors, rappelling, self-rescue, knots or other topics that the group chooses. The Checklists can be found here: https://www.canyoneering.net/resources/

So bring your rope and lets work on our skills. This is not a practice session for people who have not rappelled before.

Things to Note:

• We will be practicing at height! Skills will be practiced with weighted ropes.
• We will be outside; 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).
• This event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.
• Do not come to this practice session if you do not want to be responsible for your own safety and well being. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.

• 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.

August 6, 2019

"In all my years of guiding I've learned to use many varied anchor systems. In just one day of the course I learned three new and efficient ones specially adapted to canyoneering."

June 16, 2019

The Spring 2020 ACA Spring Fling will be held at Excursions of Escalante, Escalante, UT. Join your fellow canyoneers for a weekend of technical skills workshops, in-canyon practice, and canyons-canyons-canyons! Cost is $50 per person. ****This event is open to all ACA MeetUp Members**** In-Canyon & Classroom Workshops Include: Free Canyon Intro Course on Friday, May 1 - Open to all Spring Fling participants   More details to follow as the event gets closer. • 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.

December 11, 2019

  This two day course will be held at the ACA Headquarters in Escalante Utah. Here, we are fortunate to select from dozens of technically rated slot canyons, from which we provide our "in canyon" training. Students time is spent applying newly learned skills directly in a dynamic slot canyon environment. Participants in these courses should be prepared for two full days of learning, teamwork and fun….. in a beautiful setting. Goal: The objective of our “Core” course is to teach the canyoneering skills needed to safely become an "active participant" in 3A and 3B rated canyons. An “active participant” is capable of evaluating and applying the basic fundamentals of safety, including confident rappelling and belaying (protecting partner), competence in identifying correct anchor and rigging techniques and have an understanding of environmental risks. This course WILL NOT prepare you for an advanced level canyon such as Imlay Cyn, Choprock Cyn. Period. However, it WILL empower you with the skills and mindset to see and experience some of the World's most stunning scenery. ACA Philosophy: Take this serious: Think Yoga, and not Ninja Warrior. The best canyoneers understand and apply super low impact techniques. Low impact on the environment and low impact on themselves. Keeping our heart rates and respirations to a minimum, avoiding over exertion or unnecessary stress is best. "Aggressive" movements (straining) are much less safe and can impact the environment negatively. Same with “stressing out”. It’s difficult to see all options and make good choices under those type conditions. The greatest canyoneers go slowly, work well together, are kind to the environment and make a series of excellent choices…….easy money! Topics Covered in Core Course: -Canyon Rating System -Environmental Risks -Equipment care -Basic knots -Anchors -Rigging -Rappelling and Belays -Down Climbing and “Spotting" For more details, the majority of the items on this list will be covered. https://www.canyoneering.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Core-Skills-Checklist-4-22-20.pdf Be safe, have fun!! FEE: $275 Per Person. Includes an ACA Certified Instructor, coffee/tea in the morning & ice cream in the afternoon. Tax not included. 3 person minimum to conduct workshop. We have basic gear available for rent. Rates are Per Day. $10 - Helmet $10 - Harness $5 - Combo - ATC & Carabiner $5 - Gloves PAYMENT: We accept Venmo for Course Payment. RESERVATIONS: This Course will be filled on a "first paid, first served" basis.  Please call or email for bookings. Payments are 100% refundable until 60 days prior to course start date. Cancelations after this date are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable. Please email info@canyoneering.net or call 435.826.4714 with questions or to arrange payment via Venmo. ***We recommend purchasing trip insurance. The weather in Escalante can change quickly whether before the trip or during it. We expect that you come prepared with rain jacket/gear. Cancellation due to bad weather is determined day of the trip. All guests 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. Safety First. **Please email us at info@canyoneering.net to arrange payment via Venmo.

March 15, 2021

Keeper Pothole Course - Big "Problems", Big Fun! 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 at the ACA Headquarters 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. RESERVATIONS: Please call or email us to reserve your space. 435.826.4714 or info@canyoneering.net 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

March 16, 2021

Canyon Leadership Workshop Save the dates for this special 2 day leadership training opportunity led by long time canyoneering guide and ACA President Rick Green. Details coming soon! $443.62 incl/sales tax. Includes; coffee, tea or juice in the morning and ice cream or sorbet in the afternoons. Only 8 Spots Available! (This is not the ACA Leadership Assessment or Certification)

April 3, 2021

"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

See the following Meetup page for more information:   SCHEDULE: Wednesday - Arrival. Orientation, Socializing & Safety Briefing. Thursday - Canyons. Burger Night & Movie. Friday - Canyons. Movie Night & Popcorn. Saturday - Pancake Breakfast. Canyons. Skills Competition. Sunday - Canyons. Movie Night & Popcorn. Monday - Pack up and depart camp by 10 am. REFUNDS: No Refunds - Price includes everything above including 5 nights of camping (next to your car) with water, real bathrooms, covered ramada, picnic tables, fire pit, grill, power, and HOT showers. CANYONS: We will provide beta, suggestions, GPS tracks and help you with appropriate canyon selections. We will have sign-up sheets at night to help you organize canyon trips. Please note we do NOT, however, put the canyon trips together. This is all up to the participants to organize and execute. We cannot guarantee you a place on any canyon trip. PLEASE NOTE: Folks leading canyons are NOT guides and are not paid. They are just helping with logistics. Who goes on the trip is solely up to them. You MUST be an active participant in the canyon and be completely self-sufficient. You must have all your own gear. Most canyons require a wetsuit. BETA: Here are some suggested canyons below with a link to the beta, maps, photos and GPS tracks: · CHRISTOPHER CREEK CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/christopher-creek-canyon-az/) · MINNOW CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/minnow-canyon-az/) · PARKER CREEK CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/parker-creek-canyon-az/) · PUEBLO CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/pueblo-canyon-az/) · PUNCH BOWL CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/punch-bowl-canyon-az/) · ROCK CREEK CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/rock-creek-canyon-az/) · SALOME CREEK (THE JUG) CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/salome-creek-the-jug-canyon-az/) · SHAKE TREE CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/shake-tree-canyon-az/) · SIERRA CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/sierra-canyon-az/) · S'MORES CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/smores-canyon-az/) · WATERSLIDES CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/waterslides-canyon-az/) · WILBUR CANYON, AZ (http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/wilbur-canyon-az/) ADDITIONAL BETA: http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/canyoneering-arizona GEAR: http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/canyoneering-gear TRAINING: http://www.azrockandcanyon.com/canyoneering DISCLAIMER: Canyoneering is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. Canyoneering and associated activities are dangerous and can result in injury and/or death. Canyoneering exposes you to risks. Risks are not eliminated by training or skill. By your participation in any activity or event, you accept and assume any and all risks, including those created by negligence, connected to such activity or event. If you wish to participate you should be physically and mentally prepared with the appropriate gear. You are responsible for your own safety, not the person leading the event. You should always be aware of the risks involved in outdoor activities and conduct yourself accordingly.

December 11, 2019