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Professional Guide Certification Levels

Level 1 Guide

Aspirant Canyon Guide certification (Level 1) is ideal for an entry-level guide working as an apprentice or assistant guide before pursuing higher levels of certification.

Level 2 Guide

Fixed Site / Single Pitch Canyon Guide certification (Level 2) is available to individuals who guide a limited number of beginner to intermediate level canyons.

Level 3 Guide

Pro Canyon Guide certificiation (Level 3) is for guides who can demonstrate a high level of technical competence in beginner through advanced canyons.

Level 4 Guide

Master Canyon Guide certification (Level 4) is for those who have attained a level of technical proficiency that represents the pinnacle of guiding excellence.

FX Gagnon

FX Gagnon

In today's Guide Spotlight - FRANCOIS XAVIER (FX) GAGNON - CGI Certified Level 3 Pro Canyon Guide. Also serving as the current CGI Regional Director...

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Adolfo Isassi

Adolfo Isassi

In today's Guide Spotlight - ADOLFO ISASSI - CGI Certified Level 3 Pro Canyon Guide. Also serving as the current Technical Director for CGI. Adolfo...

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Canyons.MX

Canyons.MX

Shout outs to Pepe “Barranco” Benavides and Diego Del Rio of Canyons.MX (Guadalajara Mexico). If you have not yet stumbled upon their website and...

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Teaching canyoneering skills to others involves more than technical competence. Effective instructors must be good communicators who use an array of teaching strategies to accommodate students’ learning styles. Assessments for Instructor certification are available as an add-on for CGI certified guides, Level 2 and higher. Instructor certification assessments focus on teaching skills rather than specific technical skills.

CGI’s accreditation program has been developed for guiding programs, schools and services that offer canyoneering instruction and/or guided canyoneering. Accreditation provides a consistent standard for judging the reliability and professionalism of a canyoneering service by ensuring it conforms to industry standards, conducts ongoing guide training and promotes ethical business practices.