Okanagan - Rocky Mountains - Lower Mainland
Let's bring you to the next level!
Description of the Course
Have you tried canyoning and got hooked!?
We developed this new course format for you! The course consists of a mix of online learning and onsite teaching so you get the most out of your time with your instructors.
Western Canyoning Adventure and West Coast Canyoning have collaborated in order to offer you the expertise of two of the Canyoning industry leaders in Western Canada. Together, they selected the most up-to-date gear and techniques from North America and Europe to deal with our very specific canyon conditions up here in Canada.
We use the American Canyoneering Association (ACA) and the Canyon Guide International (CGI) as standards.
Dates & schedule
May and September: we can run those courses every week if enough participants.
Rest of the summer: available upon request and depending on the availabilities of our instructors. Book ahead, summers are busy!
We can adapt the schedule if you book the training with a big enough group. Please contact us if there are no availabilities on the dates you want.
May = The Okanagan. We have several training sites 1 hour around Kelowna BC
Why the Okanagan?
Similar to rock climbing, this area is one of the first areas in Canada to be accessible for canyoning. It’s a good mid-point between the Rockies and the West Coast and a good way to discover new canyons with different geology and features! Get an early start for your Canyon season by learning new skills in the sun!
The rest of the summer = The Rockies, the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland. Please contact us for any training during the summer in those locations. We have a wide range of training sites!
This course format is available for the two following levels:
Canyoning core skills = Become a safe participant in an already organized group.
You will learn: all about rappelling in water, the basics of swift water swimming, down climbing, sliding and jumping, group communication, understanding of rigging and trip planning, etc.
The goal is for you to become comfortable in the canyon environment and have good rope progression skills. But also to understand all the risks involved in each trip and be able to make your own judgment if a trip and the team are adapted for you or not.
Technical canyoning = to make you a reliable canyoning team member.
You will learn the basics of rigging for canyoning, belays, trip planning, group management, etc. as a team.
The goal is for you to be able to plan your trips, inspect the equipment, rig and manage your group as a team of the same skills level.
Note: We don’t limit your learning curve to a skills checklist. We will go further in what we usually teach if the group is willing to and ready for it.
We can organize training for Canyoning recreational and professional leaders in a more customized format. Please contact us!
Why take training?
Canyons mix both the vertical and the aquatic world in a very committing environment. The use of ropes in swift water requires specific gear and techniques to travel safely in this environment. Most accidents that happened when the sport boomed in Europe came from the use of traditional rock climbing rappelling gear and techniques. Today, Canyoning is a sport on its own.
Would you start ski touring without proper avalanche training!?
Help us to grow a strong, safe and sustainable Canyoning community in Canada!
What is provided?
- Qualified instructors: small guides/clients ratio setting
- We have all the group and personal gear but you should bring all that you are using
- Gear test: we try our best to keep up with new gear and have new toys for you to try
- Beta on the canyons we will use but also from other regions
- We have gear for sale but you should wait until after the training so you know what you need
- Food & beverages
- Housing (Our instructors usually set up camp at the training location. You are welcome to join them)
Price: $495 / person
Your skills and expectations
What do you need to bring?
Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 10 days notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.
Coming on a trip with us is the guaranty to do something you never did before or would have even expected to do one day!