Safety first

WCA – Rocky Mountains – Abraham Lake, AB

At WCA we take your safety and the one of our guides seriously. We follow strict protocols and guidelines to monitor if our guides are up to date with their certification and if our equipment is in perfect shape. You might wonder if Canyoning can be dangerous and if you should trust our company to go on a trip. We hear you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you still have questions after reading what follows.

The guides’ certifications and training

Canyoning specific

All of our guides have either the American Canyoneering Association (ACA) or the Canyon Guides International (CGI) certification, both of which are two of the most recognized associations in North America. Other internationally recognized certifications are also accepted.

WCA is involved in the creation of the Canadian Canyoning Association (CCA) that will provide professional certification adapted to our specific conditions here in Canada.

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Swiftwater rescue

All of our guides who guide in class C canyons (creek that has normally current) are required to hold a minimum of Swiftwater safety rescue level 3 from Rescue Canada or other equivalent certification.

First aid

Depending on the level of commitment of the canyons they lead, our guides hold 80 or 40 hours advance first aid responder certification.

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Internal training

Having all the certification required is not enough to guide for WCA. We only hire guides who care about the safety of our clients and are seriously involved in our internal training. Every canyon is different, this why we train our guides on the specificities of each one. After that we ask them to assist on trips led by our most experienced guides and only once we consider that they are ready, we let them guide on their own.

We only provide quality specific gear

We picked the best gear for you to stay safe and comfortable!

Yes, the water is cold in the Rockies but with our 5mm long john and jacket and the 2mm shorties, that bring the total layer of neoprene on your main body to 12mm, you will stay warm! We also switch to drysuit as soon as the weather says so.

We provide specific canyoning harness and shoes that are a gauge of safety since they are adapted to our conditions.

Helmet, harness, ropes, carabiners, pfds, etc. are from the most famous brands and always inspected before and after the trips.

Canyon conditions

As guides and passionate canyoners, we are always out there leading trips, training, or exploring new canyons. We know our environment and monitor it closely. 

We also have protocols and guidelines to follow to make sure we are always up to date with the current conditions in the canyons. We are inspecting regularly the equipment in place in the canyons, check seriously the weather forecast, and communicate between guides and other canyon users about the last conditions. If we are unsure, we simply go check onsite before bringing any clients. 

You are welcome to contact us if you are a recreational canyoner willing to know about the local conditions before going on a trip.

Safety talk before the tours

This is a very important step in the tour that involves the participation of our clients. We have planed everything we could plan and will communicate with you what are the risks involved. This before we even leave the parking lot. 

You can also read our release if you want to know in advance. 

By knowing what are the risks you become responsible for your own safety and will have to follow strictly the instruction of your guide(s). Nothing that will deprive you of having lots of fun!