Training Sources for Professional Canyon Guides

We are dedicated to supporting organizations that offer training and certification for professional canyon guides and instructors. Our goal is to establish equivalencies between programs, encourage reciprocity and to promote international recognition of quality training and certification providers.

We believe that guides and the community are best served through open sharing of information and exposure to diverse training and experience. In a spirit of cooperation we invite organizations around the world to participate. There is no cost for listing your program in our training sources directory or for posting your courses in our events calendar.


Training Sources (Listed Alphabetically)

American Canyoneering Association (ACA)

The ACA was founded in 1999 and is the only recognized organization in the United States that accommodates both recreational canyon leaders and professional canyon guides with comprehensive training and certification.

Association Francaise de Canyon (AFC)

Associazione Italiana Canyoning (AIC)

Canyons & Crags

Canyoning Colorado

Commission Internationale de Canyon (CIC)

The CIC evolved out of the CEC, which was founded in1995, making it the oldest canyon guide training program worldwide.

Dutch Canyoning Federation (NCB)

International Canyoning Organization for Professionals (ICOPro)

Started in 2011, ICOPro now offers training and certification for recreational canyoneers, pro guides and instructors through its training centers located around the globe.

International Center for Adventure and Nature (ICAN)

New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA)

NZOIA is the qualifying body for 9 outdoor disciplines, including canyoning. There are 3 levels to each qualification, which are recognized in New Zealand as the industry standard.

Rocky Mountain Canyoning

Offers specialized swiftwater rescue training for canyon guides.

Swiss Outdoor Association (SOA)

UK Canyon Guides (UKCG)

Educating best practice for pro canyon guides. Training available in the UK and beyond.


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