About the UKCA
Standards, Development, Certification
The UKCA is a non-profit organisation recognised as the National Awarding and Training Body for canyoning and gorge walking activities throughout the UK.
We aim to deliver high quality, standardised, internationally recognised training and certification. The UKCA training and certification courses are designed for all canyoneers from recreational through to professional level. Our training courses follow standards set out by professional experts and industry standards. We're responsible for promoting the highest standards of canyoning instruction and guiding, striving to ensure that canyoneers and participants enjoy quality, safe and fun experiences.
There has been a long history of gorge walking in outdoor centres across the UK, and recently more commercial companies are providing canyoning trips to their clients. With a rapid increase in interest in the sport, UKCA has been formed to provide a resource for canyoners all over the UK, to provide training, guidance and support in the current best practices to recreational canyoners, professional guides and centre owners alike.
Our PURPOSE, VISION and AIMS
The UKCA purpose is to:
“To support and inspire the canyoning industry and sport through standards, development and certification”
The UKCA vision is to:
“To provide a positive environment to raise the standards of canyoning practice and instruction nationally”
- Provide excellent comprehensive training and assessment courses.
- Develop awareness of canyoning across the UK.
- Provide technical advice to outdoor providers.
- Develop a network of professional guides and instructors.
- Offer a training pathway for professionals to become experts in canyoning.
- Create and promote more opportunities for exploration and adventure.
- Develop international relationships for crossover pathways and training opportunities.
- Attract new members and improve member engagement and satisfaction.
The UKCA is a non-profit association made up of volunteers who are passionate about canyoning. The committee’s goal is to create an open community, where we can all contribute to the development of all aspects of canyoning in the UK and Internationally.
The UKCA Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the future direction of our organization, controlling finances, making rules, and determining policy for standards and training programs. The Board of Trustees will sit for 2 terms (2 years).
The committee structure has been designed to allow each and every member to have their say in the organisation. Each year an AGM is held to discuss relevant topics to move the development of the UKCA forwards. All paying members have voting rights to appoint new committee and board members to keep the committees fresh, motivated, and active.
Board of Trustees
Ben Case - Founder/Chairman
Ben Starkie - Founder/Vice Chairman
Olly Baylis - Founder/Secretary
George Yates - Founder/Treasurer
Chairman - Ben Case
Vice Chairman - Ben Starkie
Training Coordinator - George Yates
Secretary - Olly Balyis
Scotland Representative - Dale Strang
Wales Representative - TBC
England Representative - TBC