Intro to Canyoneering

Intro to Canyoneering Course is hosted by Arizona Rock & Canyon Adventures. Course instructors are certified ACA Professional Guides.

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This course is the perfect primer for those who have never touched a rope looking to begin canyoneering along with those wanting to refresh their understanding of the many core concepts. The basics are a critical starting point for every responsible individual entering the canyons. Throughout the "Intro to Canyoneering" course you will learn to identify and understand core concepts of trip planning, equipment, rappelling, rigging, canyon movement, overall general safety and much more. The goal of this course is to have you leave understanding the core concepts of canyoneering, so you can become a contributing team member while in canyon with competent leaders and mentors.

We will spend 2 days together going over core concepts with some time spent in a classroom type environment and the bulk of the time outdoors putting the freshly acquired skills to use. Minimum of 4 students for class to be held. 

BASIC SKILLS COVERED

 • LOGISTICS & SAFETY
• LEAVE NO TRACE ETHICS
• ROPE & EQUIPMENT CARE
• BASIC KNOTS
• INTRO TO ANCHORS AND RIGGING
• SIGNALS
• CLIMBING
• SPOTTING
• BELAYING
• HAND LINES
• RAPPELLING
• SELF RESCUE
• SWIMMING
• JUMPING
• WATER SLIDES

Advanced Rigging & Rescue

Advanced Rigging & Rescue is hosted by Arizona Rock & Canyon Adventures. Course instructors are certified ACA Professional Guides. Canyon Rigging & Rescue focuses on self rescue and companion rescue, quick access to an injured or stranded patient/group from above or below, providing escape assistance and applying specialized rescue techniques in situations that do not require a litter. 

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This course is ideally suited to recreational climbers and canyoneers, professional guides, backcountry rescue personnel, the special operations community and aspiring rope rescue technicians. 

We will spend 2 days together going over core concepts with some time spent in a classroom type environment and the bulk of the time outdoors putting the freshly acquired skills to use. Minimum of 4 students for class to be held. 

TECHNICAL SKILLS COVERED:

• SELECTING AND USING MULTI-PURPOSE GEAR
• ADAPTING LIGHT-WEIGHT ROPES AND GEAR FOR TECHNICAL RESCUE
• ANCHOR CONSIDERATIONS IN RESCUE
• SPECIALIZED SINGLE-ROPE AND TWIN-ROPE RIGGING
• BELAY SYSTEMS
• CONVERTING STATIC RIGGING TO LOWERING
• DROPPED LOOP LIFT (2:1)
• BASIC MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE HAUL SYSTEMS
• CONVERTING TOP ROPE BELAY TO RAISE
• GUIDE ROPES AND TAG LINES FOR RAPPELLING, LOWERING AND RAISING
• SKATE BLOCKS FOR RAISING
• ASCENDING AND TRANSITIONS ON FIXED ROPES
• TANDEM RAPPELS AND PICK-OFFS
• BALANCIER PICK-OFF ON TENSIONED ROPE
• IMPROVISED PATIENT CARRIES