ADVANCED CANYONING TRAINING COURSE

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. It’s also the pre-requisite for the Canyon Guide Level 2.

Key Information

£360 per person

group discounts available

min 2 - max 6

min age - 18

mar - oct

free photos

recreational 

duration - 2 days

COURSE

Profile

  • A successful graduate of the Level 2 Canyon Guide Award will be able to lead novice canyoneers in a commercial environment through a canyon rated up to V3.A3.ii. 
  • The graduate will be very comfortable in canyon environments, demonstrating excellent anticipatory skills for reducing risk to their customers and themselves. 
  • The graduate will understand and implement safe and efficient rigging solutions in the canyon environment. 
  • The graduate will be able to plan and prepare introductory and intermediate canyoning experiences.
  • The graduate will be able to manage canyoning groups as a head guide.
  • The graduate will be able to teach canyoning skills to a group.
  • The graduate will be a role model for canyoning. 

Working Controls

A successful candidate will be able to work alone in a canyon rated up to V3A3.ii with up to 8 group members. This can be extended to 16 group members where another Canyon Guide L2 or L1 is present. A Canyon Guide Level 2 can assist a Canyon Instructor in canyons above V3A3ii.  

Assessor

UKCA Senior Trainer  

Assessment Venue

Day 1 Technical - A moderate risk canyon rated around V3A3ii>. The canyons should ideally have a selection of features and technical elements for example rappels, jumps, slides and traverse lines.

Day 2 - Leadership, Incident and Group Management - A canyon rated up to V3A3ii. 

Duration 

2 days 

Price

£260

Prerequisites

  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Hold a valid first-aid certificate (2-day minimum)
  • Good level of fitness, mental health and swimming ability.
  • Hold the Canyon Guide L1 award (or similar)
  • Hold the Advanced Canyoning award (or similar)

Log Book

Prior to assessment, the candidate must present a logbook with a minimum of:

  • Minimum of 40 canyoning days in at least 5 different canyons rated V3.A3.ii and above.
  • Minimum of 40 canyoning days leading canyoning trips in a minimum of 3 technical (V2.A2.i) canyons.

*These prerequisites are minimum requirements, extra days are recommended.

Syllabus 

Assessment Notes

The syllabus outlines what the content of the assessment will include and gives an idea of what

assessment tasks the candidate will be asked to complete. All judgements on how the candidate meets the syllabus must be based on current good practice and industry standards.

 

Assessors use three types of direct evidence to determine a candidate’s competency:

- Questioning and discussion.

- Observation of practical tasks.

- Presentation of Information.

- Times tests.

 

Section 1 (Day 1) Technical Competence

1A - Canyoning, Environment and Planning 

The candidate will:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of geology and hydrology e.g. rock types, geographical areas and their effect on canyon systems.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of access legislation within the UK.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of planning a canyoning trip. This will include weather checks, resources, reading topo maps, guide selection, water levels, basic navigation and emergency planning. 

1B - Equipment

The candidate will:

  • Complete a pre-activity check of equipment and describe how to identify worn equipment e.g. surface wear of ropes, tapes and harnesses, internal damage to ropes, wear and stress to the metal of karabiners and descenders, wear and stress to helmets, recommended maximum life for use of equipment 
  • Explain and describe how they store, maintain and check equipment before and after their canyoning trip.
  • Demonstrate the group and emergency equipment the candidate will pack for remote canyoning trip and how to use it. 
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of current equipment and clothing used for canyoning and reasons for choice e.g. wetsuits, shoes, helmets, harnesses, buoyancy aids, ropes, descenders, karabiners and other technical gear.

1D - Movement 

The candidate will negotiate features found in A3 -A4 or Class C canyons and will:

  • Demonstrate effective down climbing technique, and demonstrate safe and effective techniques for aiding a participant from above and below.
  • Demonstrate efficient and timely movement through the canyon.
  • Show how to assess a jump or slide to make it safe for participants.

1E - Movement on Rope

The candidate will have good knowledge of fall factor and dynamic loading, they will be able to identify the risks and understand how to reduce them. The candidate will:

  • Demonstrate how to descend with an improvised device.
  • Demonstrate how to pass a deviation or rebelay.
  • Demonstrate how to pass a knot during an abseil.

1F- Movement in Water

In an A3 or Class C canyon environment or Grade/Class 2 river environment the candidate will:

  • Show stron swimming ability
  • Demonstrate good ferry swimming technique
  • Explain the use of tension diagonals to move a goup across a substantial flow. 

1G - Rigging

During a canyoning descent rated V3/V4 the candidate will:

  • Demonstrate safe, effective, efficient and CLEAN rigging in a canyon that is unfamiliar to the candidate.
  • Demonstrate rigging to avoid or mitigate water hazards, specifically using guided abseils and ziplines.
  • Demonstrate rigging releasable twin rope systems in order to add efficiency to a descent.
  • Describe the use of static rope systems and when it is appropriate to use them.
  • Demonstrate the use of fixed traverse lines and when it is appropriate to use them. 

1H - Rope Rescue 

The candidate will have knowledge of the risks involved with rescue and the difference between direct and indirect rescue the candidate will:

  • Demonstrate how to perform a counterbalance haul rescue using a PCP
  • Demonstrate how to perform a direct assistance rescue, using a footloop or lift to manage a stuck descender.
  • Explain the use of an indirect 2:1 lift rescue.
  • Perform a direct rope cutting rescue.

1I - Teamwork and Incident Management

The candidate will:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of visual and sound signals.
  • Identify the process of launching an alert.
  • Have a first aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Explain the use of sequencing and how they will implicate it on a canyoning trip
  • Demonstrate a team method of transporting a casualty.

1J - Working with a Second Guide

The candidate will:

  • Describe the working controls for a UKCA CG1 and CG2.
  • Describe the process of leapfrogging.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of effective positioning as the lead guide. 
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of working with a second guide.

1K - Timed Tests

Test 1 - Rope Conversion Pass a Knot 

The candidate will ascend past a knot to reach 5 meters, convert and descend past the knot to reach the ground in under 6 min.

If the trainee makes a security error (open carabiner, disconnect etc.) they will fail that attempt.

If the trainee does not meet the time criteria on the first attempt they can retake the test directly afterwards. On the second attempt, they must pass within 5.5 min on a second fail of this test the trainee will not pass the L2 guide assessment. 

Test 2 - Direct Rope Cutting Rescue

The candidate will perform a direct rope cutting rescue,  within 1.7 of the trainers set time.

If the trainee makes a security error (open carabiner, dropped knife etc.) they will fail that attempt.

If the trainee does not meet the time criteria on the first attempt they can retake the test directly afterwards. On the second attempt, they must pass within 1.6 of the trainer set time on a second fail of this test the trainee will not pass the L2 guide assessment. 

 

Section 2 (Day 2) -  Instruction, Leadership and Planning

On day 2 the candidate will be expected to lead a group in a canyon up to V3.A.3ii. 

2A - Presentation

The candidate will present information to the assessor and other candidates outlining the preparation of a guided canyon excursion rated up to V3.A3.ii, the presentation will include:

  • Environmental concerns such as catchment area, obtaining weather data and topo map for the chosen canyon.
  • A summary of the current weather forecast and how it may affect the excursion.
  • Outline any cultural, geographical, historical or access concerns (if any) for the excursion.
  • A breakdown of time from start to finish for the excursion.
  • The group equipment needed for the excursion.
  • Complete a trip form leaving appropriate information with a contact person or organisation.
  • Choose the most appropriate communication device to take on the excursion. 

2B - Leadership

The candidate will lead a canyoning excursion with a real group, during the excursion they will demonstrate and will be assessed on:

  • Never compromising their safety or the safety of the group.
  • Effective group briefing including; setting boundaries, ground rules, appropriate and effective risk disclosure.
  • A leadership style that is appropriate for the clients; their skill and experience level and their needs.
  • Demonstrate safe practices and good judgement and decision making within the scope of this qualification
  • Professionalism - language, appearance, gestures and engagement. 
  • Preparing and briefing.
  • Time management.
  • Use of a second guide.
  • Role Modeling, motivating and having fun with the group.
  • Establishing a rapport with individuals and have emotional awareness of individuals needs.
  • Safe appropriate and efficient rigging.

3B - Instruction

The candidate will provide instruction on some of the following:

  • Fitting equipment
  • Rappelling and movement on traverse lines
  • Communication 
  • Movement techniques
  • Jumping
  • Sliding
  • Swimming 
  • Teamwork

Equipment can be hired at £10 per day. 

5+5mm Canyoning Wetsuit With Hood

Harness And All Technical Gear

Helmet

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) 

Swimwear

Waterproof Camera / GoPro (at your own risk)

Medication (If Required)

Accommodation

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. 

 

Self-catering

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. https://taybunkhouse.co.uk/

 

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. https://www.logieraitlodges.com/

 

Campsites

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. https://www.canoescotland.org/go-paddling/grandtully-campsite#gsc.tab=0

 

Hotels

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. https://www.athollarmshotel.com/

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. https://www.fishershotelpitlochry.com/

 

Other options

https://www.inver-caravan-park.co.uk/

https://royaldunkeld.co.uk/

https://www.dunkeldhousehotel.co.uk/

http://pitlochrybackpackershotel.com/

https://www.jessiemacs.co.uk/

TRAINING AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

WorkshopStart DateEnd DateTrainersAvailabilityCost
Canyon Leader29th April 20212nd May 2021Ben Case, George Yates3 Fully Booked£485
Canyon Leader21st June 202124th June 2021Ben Case, George Yates5 Fully Booked£485
Canyon Leader16th August 202119th August 2021Ben Case, George Yates6 spaces left£485

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