Professional Courses

All our Canyon and Gorge Courses are created by and affiliated to the UK Canyon Guide Association

UK Canyon Guides (UKCG) Trainer
This non-profit making organisation was set up to provide comprehensible training and assessment courses to give the industry a structured and useable scheme. They also provide information on the best current practices to recreational and professional guides alike.

We currently offer 4 of their courses, Competent Canyoner, Level 1 Canyon Guide Training, Technical Canyon Course and the Gorge and Ghyll Leader Assessment Course.

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Competent Canyoner

Duration: 1 days
Cost: £110
Prerequisites: None
Course Dates: Please ring our team on 01407 769351 for more information.
The Competent Canyoner course is the first non-professional course on the UKCG scheme. It is a pre-requisite for the UKCG Technical Canyon Course. It is aimed at anyone who wants to experience canyoning for the first time to gain a basic understanding of the sport. The course will deliver core canyoning skills, focussing on canyon progression, abseiling safely and moving on ropes, jumping and sliding techniques. The course will also teach a basic understanding of risk assessment and personal risk management.

Outcome: The Competent Canyoner will have the skills to progress through a Level 1 Canyon as part of a led group.

Level 1 Canyon Guide Training

Duration: 2 days
Cost: £220
Essential: UKCG Technical Canyon Course, First Aid, Good Level of Fitness.
Desirable: White Water Safety and Rescue Training,
Entry Test: Timed Skills test – 7 knots (2 minutes); Guided Rappel (8 minutes); Equalise anchor. Test must be completed under time allocated at the start of the course.
Course Dates: 30th September – 2nd October 2019
The Level 1 Canyon Guide Training Course is the first level of the professional Canyon Guide Qualification. This training course is designed to give you the skills to work as a professional guide. The course focusses on enhancing rigging skills, rescue scenarios, rescue rope skills, passing knots on descents, risk management, teaching, psychology and working as a professional guide. This training course involves a set of entry test and pre-requisites.

Outcome: Successful completion of this training course will allow the participant to work as a competent professional second guide under the guidance of an L1 Canyon Guide in Class 3c Canyons and below.

Technical Canyon Course

Duration: 3 days
Cost: £330
Prerequisites: UKCG Competent Canyoner or experienced canyoning.
Course Dates: 27th – 29th September 2019
The Technical Canyon Course is an intensive skills based training course. It will deliver technical and personal canyoning progression and rigging skills. This course will teach releasable and retrievable abseil and handline systems, guided abseils, lowering techniques, safe efficient abseiling safety, communication, equipment understanding, hydrology, trip planning, basic rescue and evacuation techniques. The final day of the course will consolidate, refine and develop your new skills under the guidance of the course trainer. This course does not involve any end of course assessment.

Outcome: On completion of the course you will have the skills to go canyoning as part of a competent group.

Gorge and Ghyll Leader Assessment Course

Duration: 2 days
Cost: £220
Prerequisites: First Aid qualification (min 2 day).
Complete Action Plan.
Minimum of 20 personal trips in a number of venues before undertaking assessment.
Take an active role within a WWSR Course.
Course Dates: 28th - 29th September
This is a 2 day assessment to obtain the Gorge and Ghyll Leader Award.

Day 1 - Module 1 core and skills and local knowledge will take place at a venue selected by the assessor and will include a written paper which you will receive prior to your assessment day.
Day 2 - Module 2 Leadership and Group supervision. The candidate will be assessed leading a group of no less than 4 people and will include a written exercise which will be received prior to the assessment day.

Outcome: Achieve the skills level to lead groups as a Gorge/Ghyll Leader, ensuring a high standard of safety and expertise in this open environment.

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