2018 Course Dates

  • Tech Canyon Workshop – 26th – 28th March Yorkshire Dales & Lake District
  • Level 1 Canyon Guide Training – 29th – 30th March
  • Raft Guide Training – Coming soon.


  • Technical canyon workshop £330
    Duration 3 days. Contract course for up to 6 people block booking for £1780.
  • Advanced Canyon workshop £330
    Duration 3 days. Contract course for up to 6 people block booking for £1780.
  • Swiftwater Canyon workshop £200
    Duration 2 days. Contract course for up to 6 people block booking for £1000.

Training Courses

  • Canyon Guide Level 1 Training £220
    Duration 2 Days. Contract course for up to 6 people block booking for £1200.
  • Ghyll & Gorge Leader Training £220.00
    Duration two days


  • Canyon Guide Level 1 Assessment £220
    Duration 2 Days. Contract course for up to 6 people block booking for £1200.

Canyoning Lake District

Contract Courses can be arranged according to availability. For more info contact Ben Bryant on:



call 07799 665576


This 3 day workshop is based around the core skills required in moving around basic single pitch canyons, and gorgewalks. Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to venture out canyoning safely, and is also a pre-requisite for the Single pitch Guide assessment.


  • Be able to rig and load a descender and abseil.
  • Be able to tie:-  figure 8 (bite, rethread), munter or italian hitch (tie off), tape knot, no knot. alpine butterfly, clove hitch.
  • Be familiar with swift water hydrology
  • Have an understanding of map-reading and topography.

Core Skills

  • Jumping
  • Equipment
  • Canyon climbing
  • Swimming
  • Sliding
  • Spotting
  • Abseiling
  • Knots
  • Blocks
  • Prusiks
  • Releasable rigging
  • Setting contingencies
  • Flash flood awareness
  • Anchors
  • Risk management
  • Weather
  • Topography / Canyon Ratings.


This course is designed to give all the personal skills needed to negotiate all canyoning environments. Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to tackle more serious canyons involving more advanced ropework. It is also the pre-requisite for the Level 2 Guide Assessment.


  • Technical Canyoning.

Core Skills

  • Rigging Natural and man made anchors
  • Hand lines
  • Ascending techniques
  • Descending techniques
  • Deviations
  • Re-belays
  • Pot hole escapes
  • Basic Rescues
  • Releasable systems
  • Route finding
  • Trip planning

canyon ascending

Assessment is aimed at people who want to guide in non technical canyons up-to grade 3A.s

It is also aimed to allow Pro guides to use SP guides as competent seconds.


This Guide assessment is taken over 2 days. Day 1 would be spent doing personal skills in a canyon or on a crag and lectures. Day 2 the guide would be expected to guide a group through a canyon within this remit and show personal skills for the other half in this environment.


  • Technical Canyon course, Swift water canyon or swift water rescue course
  • A Canyon log book with at least 10 personal canyons, 2 of which should be rated grade 3/4  and 20 guide days.

Core Syllabus

  • Understand and apply good rope care practices
  • Coil rope; alpine coil, canyon coil
  • Stuff and use rope bag
  • Understand and apply good equipment care practices
  • Figure eight knot; on a bight, rethreaded
  • Tape Knot in webbing
  • Create prusik loop with cord using double fisherman.
  • Connect two load-bearing ropes for rappelling (e.g. double fisherman bend, rethreaded figure eight, square fisherman bend, overhand knot)
  • Bowline knot; double bowline, bowline on a coil
  • Clove hitch
  • Larks foot
  • Münter hitch; improvised lower, belay or rappel
  • Mule hitch; load releasing
  • Safety back-up knot (e.g. overhand, fisherman)
  • In-line loop (e.g. butterfly knot, directional figure eight)
  • Friction hitches (e.g. prusik, klemheist, bachman, hedden)
  • Understand and apply good principles of anchor location;
  • DEAR (Dry, Efficient, Accessible, Rope Retrieval)
  • Understand and apply good principles of anchor construction; EARNEST (Equalized, Angle, Redundant, No Extension, Solid, Timely)
  • Evaluate and rig single-point natural anchors
  • Evaluate and rig multi-point natural anchors
  • Evaluate and rig existing fixed artificial anchors
  • Sequence marginal anchor
  • Use meat anchors
  • Set up and use blocked rope system (e.g. carabiner block)
  • Set up and use releasable rope system (aka contingency anchor)
  • Lower a person
  • Set up and use top-rope belay system
  • Set up and use system to extend tie-in point for top-rope belay system (e.g. Australian system with alpine butterfly)
  • Set up and use edge protection
  • Set up and use system to change rope abrasion point (e.g. double-rope münter/mule, Shunt, Gri-Gri)
  • Rig system to isolate rope strands (e.g. stone knot)
  • Spot a climber, down-climber
  • Belay a climber, down-climber
  • Set up and use retrievable hand lines
  • Rappel; control speed, brake
  • Rig rappelling device for correct friction on 8mm to 11 mm ropes, single and double strand
  • Add friction while rappelling
  • Lock off while rappelling using leg wrap
  • Lock off rappel device while rappelling
  • Provide bottom belay for rappeller
  • Understand pros and cons of using self-belay (e.g. auto-block); rig and use
  • Swim with gear (minimum 20 yards)
  • Jumping; identify hazards, outside boil line, body position
  • Water slides; body position
  • Read contour lines on topographic map;
  • Identify terrain features (hills, saddles, ridges, drainages),
  • determine relative steepness of grade,
  • Identify potential high ground and escape routes
  • Identifying relative size of watershed using topo map
  • Orient map with compass and terrain
  • Evaluate weather forecast; temperature, relative humidity, high/low pressure systems, warm front vs cold front
  • Differentiate between cloud types; cumulus, stratus
  • Describe variables that contribute to flash flood risk
  • Describe flash flood warning signs
  • Describe appropriate responses to an impending flash flood
  • Understand UKCG Canyon Rating System
  • Possess suitable gear for canyons rated up to 3B


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call 07909 223819


WHAT A DAY! Excellent AT Package, really pushed the guys but was also a really fun day out.
Sarah Smith, Carlisle, Cumbria. UK
Great weeks AT Package. Very professional and excellent kit!
Thanks guys!
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