Perthshire, Scotland

The UKCA Advanced Canyoning is the third level of recreational certification within the UKCA training scheme. This workshop-style training course is designed for a student who is at an intermediate level and wishes to progress their technical canyoning skills in order to progress into more advanced canyons.

Key Information

£460 per person

group discounts available

min 2 - max 6

min age - 18

mar - oct

free photos


duration - 4 days



On completion of the course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to progress into more advanced canyons rated V3.A3.ii and above. The graduate will have strong technical skills in canyon environments, demonstrating anticipatory skills for reducing risk to themselves and their teammates. The student will have the skills to progress into multi-pitch canyons with strong knowledge of Swiftwater, rescue and technical rigging.


UKCA Senior Trainer


4 days




  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the canyon leader training course (or similar) 

UKCA recommends the student has consolidated skills from the canyon leader course and has a good level of canyoning experience.  


No membership required.


Day 1 - Rope Progression and Swift water

Part 1A - Horizontal Rope Progression

The student will learn how to move safely on:

  • Full void traverse lines with intermediate points

Part 1B - Vertical Rope Progression 

  • Passing knots on descent
  • Passing knots on ascent
  • Descend using improvised descenders
  • Ascend using improvised device
  • Ascend on double rope
  • Pass a knot on a double rope
  • Pass a rebelay 
  • Ascend a guided abseil

Day 2 - Anchors and Rigging 

Part 2A - Rigging Theory

  • Fall factor and impact force
  • Single, twin and double rope systems
  • Compound and Isolated rigging systems
  • Rope optimisation and packing

Part 2B - Anchors 

  • Identification and use of natural anchors
  • Human Anchors
  • Retrievable anchor systems

Part 2C - Rigging Traverse Lines

  • Set up - Fixed traverse line without intermediate points
  • Set up - Fixed traverse line with intermediate points
  • Set up - Retrievable traverse lines with intermediate points

Part 2D - Rigging Systems

  • Releasable System - Twin Rope (MMO)
  • Releasable System - Twin Rope (Releasable fig 8 block)
  • Releasable System - Twin Rope (Joker system)
  • Releasable System - Double Rope 
  • Static System - Twin Rope (Stone Knot)
  • Static System - Twin Rope (Fig 8 Block)
  • Multi-Pitch Rigging
  • Guided Rappel - In loop method

Day 3 - Rescue and Swift Water

Part 3A - Rescue on Rope

  • Indirect - Counterbalance haul rescue using PCP
  • Indirect - 3:1 Simple Haul
  • Direct - Assistance rescue
  • Direct - Rope cut rescue

Part 3B - Swift Water Progression - Canyon rated A3 or River grade 2 max 

  • Defensive swimming.
  • Active (Aggressive) swimming.
  • River Crossing advanced techniques.
  • Set up and use a tension diagonal.

Part 3C - Swift Water Rescue

  • Rescue principles - Shout Reach Throw Go
  • Contact Rescue
  • Swift-water tie off

Day 4 - Clinic Day

The clinic section is designed to give the student the opportunity to practice and start consolidating skills from the course under the guidance of a trainer. The clinic can be carried out on a canyoning descent on a training wall or cliff.

Equipment can be hired at £10 per day. 

5+5mm Canyoning Wetsuit With Hood

Harness And All Technical Gear


Technical Canyoning Shoes and  3mm Neoprene Socks

CE PPE Equipment Only

Sports Insurance Up To £10 Million

Pick Up And Drop Off (On Request)

Free access to V7 Academy Level 1

Supervised by Qualified UKCA Trainers / Assessors

Canyoning Equipment (Equipment can be hired at £10 per day) 


Waterproof Camera / GoPro (at your own risk)

Medication (If Required)

Want to bring your own?

You'll need a wetsuit, shoes for canyoning, a helmet and a full canyoning harness. 

Canyoning Equipment 

  • Canyoning harness (with attachment point)
  • Lanyards
  • Hand ascender
  • Chest ascender 
  • Chest Harness
  • Descender
  • Footloop
  • 1x Master carabiner
  • 4x Working carabiner
  • Figure 8
  • Canyon Quickdraw
  • Slings
  • Prussic
  • Progression Capture Pulley
  • Knife


Whilst on a course with us, different venues will be used. But we will be based in and around Perthshire. There are lots of options for accommodation in the Dunkeld and Pitlochry area. Here are some of our recommendations. 



Tay Bunkhouse

Sister company to The Canyoning Company, is ideal for group bookings. The Tay bunkhouse caters for group retreats, activity weekends, special occasion breaks, families, and clubs. The bunkhouse is available for exclusive use, bookings all year round. Tay Bunkhouse is a beautiful self-catering stone cottage with three bedrooms sleeping up to 10 people. The kitchen has full self-catering facilities with an oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher. The lounge has sofas, dining table and benches, free view TV and free WIFI with ample space for you to relax after your day’s training.We have a large garden and outdoor space perfect for BBQs, dining or relaxing around the outdoor a fire with a dram.


Logierait lodges

Our 15 well-appointed self-catering lodges, sleeping from 2 to 7 people, enjoy a stunning riverside location with balconies designed to maximise your views of the surrounding Highland Perthshire countryside.



SCA Grantully campsite

Open all year round, Grandtully Station Campsite is family (and pet!) friendly and welcomes guests in tents, motorhomes and caravans. Situated between Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, two minutes walk from the Grandtully rapids on the River Tay, our site is a perfect base from which to explore the heart of Scotland.



Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld

An award-winning 4-star hotel and restaurant, we’re right at the head of the five arched bridge over the famous River Tay that leads you into the charming conservation village and the cathedral city of Dunkeld, in the heart of highland Perthshire.

Fisher’s Hotel

Located right in the centre of the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. The front door opens straight onto Atholl Road and the back door opens up to the train station.


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