“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed

the course and now have a new rule for choosing canyoneering partners – ACA course graduates only. You guys are the real deal and you are raising the bar for all canyoneers.”

“The class was awesome!

Rich is an amazing instructor. He’s patient, his instructions are clear and he makes sure everyone understands before moving on to the next step. I learned so much in this course. If I only remember half, I’ll still be way ahead. I highly recommend this course to anyone.”

“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!”

“Phenomenal teacher,

phenomenal training! I highly recommend this training for any canyoneer, whether beginner or experienced.”

“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”

“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.”

“Learning canyoneering from Rich

is like learning religion from the Pope.”

–Briget Eastep, Southern Utah University

“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

“I learned more ropework

in 6 days with Rich than I learned in 25 years of climbing. Thank you for introducing me to the world of canyoneering.”

–Tom Jones

“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.”

“As always

I am much the richer for my time with Rich. An excellent instructor. Always come away with having learned something new.”

“Every canyoneering guide in the U.S.

– and the overwhelming majority of recreational canyoneers – have learned from or have learned from someone who learned from Rich Carlson.”

“Not only is Rich an expert

but he’s a great teacher as well. He’s patient and explains procedures and techniques clearly. I appreciate that he is willing to do these classes for the community. I’ve been able to attend several of his Meet-ups, but also his 3 day canyon leader course with the Boy Scout group from Salt Lake. He provides a great resource to the community. Thanks, Rich!”

“I learned more in 2 days

of class from Rich than I have learned in the last 5 years of canyoneering. His style of teaching makes seemingly complicated ideas extremely simple. My confidence level in my abilities has greatly increased as a result. I will surely be taking future courses from Rich.”

“Rich is a wealth of knowledge

in his field. His funny, open-hearted teaching style is welcomed by all students. I felt more prepared going forward in my own canyoneering. I look forward to learning more from him.”

“Super helpful class

– I learned a lot of rappelling and rappel set up techniques that I can’t wait to use on my next trip. In the meantime, I have A LOT to practice.”

“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.”

“All I can say is WOW!

Terrific course. I had already taken a course from a private guide service and was concerned I might not learn anything new in the ACA basic course. My concerns were totally unfounded. I paid half as much for the ACA course and learned at least twice as much. By my math that’s four times the value. Keep up the good work, ACA.”

“This course will easily become the standard

by which any other canyoneering course will be judged. It was amazing that the professional mountaineering guides found a lot to learn, but the pace was such that a neophyte like me could also pick things up quickly.”

“Thanks Rich for a fun packed two days

of great canyoneering training. New methods, new tricks, new tool, the Totem.”

“Thank you to Rich and the rest of the group

for sharing all your knowledge with me and taking the extra time to help me get up to speed with the rest of the class. Even if I only remember a fraction of what I learned it will be worth every minute in the class.”

“I have been a rock climber for over a decade

and didn’t really expect to learn anything new. Was I ever wrong. I didn’t realize that there were so many specialized systems employed in canyoneering. All of it makes sense. Rock climbing systems are fine for dry rock, but not at all appropriate in a canyon – especially if there is water present.”

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this

since I’m planning to take more courses in the future, but your fees are too low. I learned more in three days than I have in my first six years of canyoneering with friends. The course is worth at least twice what you are charging. Kudos.”

“Your devotion to the sport

and your concern for your students was very apparent during the course. The entire canyoneering community is in your debt for the fine work you are doing.”

“It was immediately obvious

that your instructors are not just canyoneers, turned guides, turned instructors. The course structure and quality of instruction was as good or better than any college course I have ever taken. Very professional.”

“Even though I have climbed for 15 years,

I learned a lot of new, cool techniques. Wow! Great course.”

“This was definitely an eye-opening experience

into understanding how much there really is to canyoneering. It was a challenging week with tons and tons of information and skills to be learned. Thank you for taking extra time and effort in seeing I understood things clearly. I’m very pleased with the setup of the course. I had so much fun – the canyon trips were excellent. My excitement for canyoneering has greatened even more.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I just wanted to let you know

I had a great time at the canyoneering course. Thank you guys for being so flexible with the group and for making sure we were all being taught material that suited our experience and interests. I hope to be able to attend one of the advanced courses in the next year.”

“It was a privilege learning

from a master like Dave. The natural anchor systems he taught showed a great deal of creativity. It was refreshing to hear from someone who could speak from many years of real practical experience, instead of those chest-thumpers on the chat group. Thank you for caring about us newbies.”

“I just wanted to let you know

what a fabulous time I had in the Level I course that finished last week. I learned an incredible amount of information and had such fun doing it. Dave Black has an infectious, tangible passion for the canyons. Being in his class was a priviledge. Rarely have I met such a capable man. I felt completely secure and comfortable in his presence. He’s the kind of guy you believe could cook you dinner, fix a radio and build a quonset hut from a couple of carabiners and some webbing. No doubt he has forgotten more about canyons and climbing than I will ever know. It is such a gratifying discovery to realize how much you don’t know about something. I have a long way to go, but I am genuinely looking forward to more canyoneering. Thanks very much for a great course.”

“Excellent course.

Well thought out. I felt I learned a great deal and had a lot of fun doing it.”

“The cumulative structure of the course was right on.

We had three opportunities to learn each technique – classroom (camp), controlled situation (bridge), then actual application in the canyons.”

“The knowledge I have gained

in these few days was incredible. My expectations were far exceeded. Thanks to Rich and Stefan for great instruction and smooth improv when needed.”

“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.”

“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.”

“This is the place to be…

Rich shares his expertise and passion for the sport like no one else. Patient with everyone from beginner to experienced and yes, sometimes the experienced ones require the most patience! Although Rich is headquartered in Utah, he frequently comes back to CA for a workshop… do NOT miss it!”

“Great course!

I learned a lot, and look forward to putting it all into action. Rich was particularly great with doing clean and easy to follow demonstrations, and answering tangential questions.”

“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.”

“Rich did a great job (as usual).

He knows how to cater to a large, diverse group and make everyone feel welcome.”

“Rich’s­ Anchors, Rigging and Techniques class was excellent,

and well worth attending. We learned so much that was useful from this master teacher. Thank you Rich!”

“Any time that you can

learn from the pro, Rich Carlson, its a fine day of learning and meeting people with the same interest and passion as you have for the sport of canyoneering!”

“Even more than expected!

Rich is such a skilled and patient instructor. My son and I can’t stop talking about everything we learned and will be putting it to use for sure. Thanks to Rich and Judy for a great weekend as well as making new friends.”

“The class was fun and loaded

with so much useful information. Thanks Rich and Judy for providing a warm and relaxed environment to learn and practice the ART of canyoneering I also found it to be another opportunity to meet great people and network to get out and have fun!”

“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.”

“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!”

“ART of Canyoneering

3-day course was very informative. It included indoor class time & outdoor practical application. Rich is a “true” teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I concur with others that this course was a bargain & absolutely worth my 8-hour drive to get there! I will be telling others about this course. Thank you, Rich, for your servitude.”

“Awesome opportunity

Rich knows his stuff. His emphasis on safety, patience and his obvious love of teaching canyoneering really make the difference.”

“I’m so glad I went!

I felt like I was learning from the source of knowledge on canyoneering. Really, Rich teaches guides and rescue teams. Instead of me going to a guide, who was probably trained by Rich, I was able to learn from the source! That really shows when he would explain the different techniques/views and how those have changed over time and why. I felt like I was well trained in canyoneering, and also given a depth of understanding that I couldn’t get anywhere else. I would highly recommend Rich’s classes!”

“Rich has a passion for teaching simplicity, efficiency, and most of all, safety

while traversing through the beauty of our Colorado Plateau slot canyons. His humility and humor offset his directness in dealing with misconceptions and outright dangerous methodologies.”