Perthshire, Scotland

The UKCA Canyon Guide Level 1 (CG1) is the first level of professional certification within the UKCA award scheme. This training is designed for the competent intermediate level canyoneer who wishes to prepare for assessment in order to lead canyoning/gorge walking excursions in a commercial/professional environment rated up to V2A3ii.


Key Information

Training - £380 pp

Assessment - £260 pp

min 2 - max 6 (Training) max 4 (Assessment) 

min age - 18

mar - oct

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duration - 3 days




CoursesDatesLocationAvailabilityCostBook Now
L2 Guide Training09-12 April 2024Perthshire, Scotland5 Spaces left£480BOOK NOW
L2 Guide Assessment25-26 April 2024Perthshire, Scotland1 space left£260BOOK NOW
Canyon Instructor09-12 May 2024Perthshire, Scotland2 spaces left£480BOOK NOW
L1 Guide Assessment29-30 April 2024Perthshire, Scotland2 spaces left£260BOOK NOW
L1 Guide Training15-17 May 2024Perthshire, Scotland4 spaces left£380BOOK NOW


The aim of this training course is to prepare the candidate for working as a canyoning guide in canyons rated V2A3ii or below. The Canyon Guide Level 1 training course is designed to prepare the candidate for the Canyon Guide Level 1 assessment. The course will cover skills in trip preparation, group management, leadership skills and rescue. This is a professional level of training so the candidate should be prepared with relevant canyoning skills and techniques. 


UKCA Senior Trainer  


3 days 




  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Hold a valid first-aid certificate (2-day minimum)
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Certification (or equivalent level of canyoning training) 


Recreational Membership


Day 1 - (Theory) UKCA, Responsibility, Standards, Leadership and Psychology

1A - UKCA Framework 

  • Knowledge of UKCA organization, framework and pathway

1B - Standards and Responsibility

  • UKCA professional standards and behavior
  • UKCA working controls
  • UKCA Guide L1 role and responsibility
  • Solo working controls
  • Membership and CPD
  • Risk assessments and SOPs
  • SSE (Security Safety Error)

1C - Trip Management and Preparation

  • Environment concerns and planning
  • Participant Equipment
  • Group Equipment 
  • Risk Acceptance Forms

1D - Psychology 

  • Participant fundamental needs
  • Fear and Stress - participant assessment
  • Fear and Stress - environment
  • Comfort zones and participation

1E- Teaching

  • Teaching concepts
  • Steps of teaching

1F - Rigging 

  • Anchors 
  • FIxed traverse lines
  • Releasable systems 
  • Efficient rigging solutions
  • Parasitic movements

Day 2 -  (Practical) Pitch Management and Rescue

2A - Pitch Management

  • Belaying 
  • Movement on Rope
  • Double-Check
  • Assisted abseiling
  • Lowering 

2B - Rescue

  • Self Rescue 
  • Indirect Rescue
    • Release with belay from above 
    • Indirect rope cut rescue 
    • Converting blocked Systems to releasable
  • Direct Rescue

2C - Incident Management

  • Incident management process
  • Transporting a casualty
  • Emergency escape
  • Scenarios and Workshops for team rescue

Day 3 -  (Practical) Rigging and Pitch Management and Rescue

3A - Leadership 

  • Stretching
  • Safety and equipment briefing
  • Leadership tactics - leapfrogging - leader progression
  • Group management
  • CLAP
  • Canyoning trip delivery

3B - Movement

The candidate will learn how to safely manage the following:

  • Jumps
  • Slides
  • Down-climbs

3C - White Rescue

  • Duck diving FEEDBACK
  • Swim rescue
    • Defensive tactics
    • Swimming with a victim
  • Moving casualty - suspected spinal

3D - Mock Trip

Co-deliver a customer trip in a V2,A3,ii canyon under the supervision of the Trainer.

3E - Feedback and Review


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