Recreational courses

Intro to Canyoning provides students with the basic personal canyoneering skills needed to descend easy canyons as team members with competent leaders and mentors. Read More

Canyon Leader provides students with the skills and knowledge to take a lead role with competent piers in canyons rated up to moderate risk (V3A3ii). Five-day course
*supported by V7 Academy level 2 online training resource. Read More

RECREATIONAL TRAINING AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

Course Dates Trainers Location Availability Cost BOOK NOW
Introduction To Canyoning 29-30 June 2024 Amelia Penfold Perthshire, Scotland 3 spaces left £260 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader 17-21 July 2024 Ben Case, George Yates Perthshire, Scotland 1 space left £640 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader (split course) 23-25 Aug & 31AUG-1Sept 2024 Ben Case, George Yates Perthshire, Scotland 1 space left £640 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader (spilt course) 20-22 + 28-29 September 2024 Ben Bryant Ingleton, England 4 spaces left £640 BOOK NOW

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Workshops

The UKCA Rigging and Anchors course is a workshop-style training course designed for the student who wishes to gain additional rigging knowledge in the canyon environment. This workshop is designed for recreational and professional canyoneers. The workshop covers advanced rigging techniques including twin and double systems, static and releasable systems, anchor building, rope optimisation and anchor management.

Profile

On completion of the workshop, the student will have the skills and knowledge to use and implement advanced rigging techniques on a canyoning trip. They will understand the pros and cons of different techniques, where to use them and become more efficient at rigging and creating anchors

Trainer

UKCA Trainer (endorsed)

Duration 

2 days

Cost

£260pp 

Prerequisites

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Course (or similar) 

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

Membership

No membership required.

Syllabus 

Day 1- Rigging and Anchors 

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 - 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 2C - 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
    • Italian 8 (3:1)
    • Swift water release (swiss method)
    • human anchor at the bottom
  • Setting rope length when anchor manager cannot see the bottom using Swiftwater lock-off

Day 2 - Anchors and Clinic Session (Canyon descent) 

Part 2A - Anchors 

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

Part 2B - Clinic Session 

The clinic session 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. 

GROUP REVIEW 

PERSONAL FEEDBACK

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED WORKSHOPS 

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY 

 

END OF COURSE

The UKCA Canyon Rescue is a workshop-style training course designed for the student who wishes to gain additional rescue knowledge in the canyon environment. This workshop is designed for recreational and professional canyoneers. The rescue workshop covers self, direct and indirect on rope rescue skills.

Profile

On completion of the course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to initiate and manage direct and indirect rescues on a canyoning excursion. They will understand the rescue process and the risk involved with ‘on rope’ rescue. The student will learn advanced rope progression techniques. 

Trainer

UKCA Trainer (endorsed)

Duration 

3 days

Cost

£380pp

Prerequisites

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Course (or similar) 

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

Membership

No membership required.

Syllabus 

Day 1 - Rope Progression and Rescue Theory

Part 1A - Rescue Theory

  • Rigging for rescue and rescue contingencies 
  • Rescue hierarchy 
  • Rescue principles
  • Anchor considerations
  • Common rescue scenarios and considerations
  • Mechanical Advantage

Part 1B - Horizontal Rope Progression

The student will learn how to move safely on:

  • Full void traverse lines with intermediate points

Part 1C - 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
  • Ascend a guided abseil
  • Passing a Rebelay 

Day 2 - Theory and Rope Rescue

Part 2A - Indirect Rescue

  • Feedback - Indirect Rescue
  • Feedback - 3:1 Simple Haul
  • Indirect - 2:1 Haul (Lift) to release a jammed descender
  • Indirect - Indirect rope cutting using counterbalance
  • Indirect - Counterbalance haul rescue using PCP

Part 2B - On Rope Rescue

  • Assisted abseil techniques
  • Direct - Assistance rescue
  • Direct - Counterbalance rescue (from above)
  • Direct - Counterbalance rescue (from below)
  • Direct - 2:1 strop rescue using PCP
  • Direct rope cutting (from above)
  • Direct rope cutting (from below)

Day 3 - Converting systems, Incident Management, Scenarios

Part 3A - Converting systems

  • Converting a static (or blocked) system into a releasable system
  • Converting a static (or blocked) system to a haul
  • Converting a releasable system into a haul

Part 3B - Traverse Line and Guided Rappel Rescue

  • Direct - Rescue on traverse line
  • Indirect - Rescue on guided abseil
  • Direct - Rescue on guided abseil

Part 3C - Incident Management and Scenarios

  • Transporting a casualty
  • Canyon Escape Techniques 
  • In Canyon Scenarios  

GROUP REVIEW 

PERSONAL FEEDBACK

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED WORKSHOPS 

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY 

 

END OF COURSE

The UKCA Bolting Workshop is a workshop-style training course designed for the student who wishes to gain knowledge and understanding of bolting in the canyon environment. This workshop is designed for recreational and professional canyoneers with an extensive skill set in canyoning who wish to be responsible for equipping new or current canyons. The bolting workshop covers bolting ethics, considerations, bolting techniques, exploration bolting skills, emergency bolting and the understanding of different types of anchoring systems. 

 

Profile

On completion of the course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to safely and accurately place glue in and mechanical bolts on a canyoning descent.

Trainer

UKCA Trainer (endorsed)

Duration 

2 days

Cost

£460pp 

(The course cost covers all technical equipment and bolts used by the student)

Prerequisites

  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Course and Advanced Rigging (or similar) 

UKCA recommends the student has consolidated skills from the canyon leader and advanced rigging workshop and has a high level of canyoning experience and technical knowledge.  

Membership

No membership required.

Syllabus 

Day 1 - Theory, Ethics and Bolting

Part 1A - Bolting theory and ethics - classroom

  • Bolting history
  • Bolting ethics 
  • Environmental standards and concerns
  • Moral and personal responsibility
  • Rigging techniques - IRT and Alpine technique
  • Static System Safety Factor (SSSF)
  • Canyon rigging hierarchy 
  • Bolting equipment and considerations
  • Bolting safety

Part 1B - Placing Bolts - cliff, boulder or canyon

  • Mechanical expansion bolts
  • Glue-in (resin bolts)
  • Removable bolts
  • Spit bolts (hand drill)
  • Teamwork for expedition bolting

Day 2 - Canyon Descent Clinic

Part 2A - Canyon Bolting - canyon rated V2+

  • Team exploration descent
  • Emergency bolting (escape)

This section of the workshop will give the student the opportunity to practice placing anchors as a team in a new canyon or re-equipping a current open canyon. The student will be able to consolidate their skills and participate as a team descending a canyon in an exploratory style.

GROUP REVIEW 

PERSONAL FEEDBACK

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY 

 

END OF COURSE

The UKCA Swift-water Workshop is a workshop-style training course designed for the student who wishes to gain additional swiftwater knowledge in the canyon environment. This workshop is designed for recreational and professional canyoneers. The swiftwater workshop covers personal and group progression skills in swift water along with rescue and incident management. 

 

Profile

On completion of the course, the student will have the skills to move confidently in a swiftwater canyoning environment on a canyoning trip. They will have the knowledge to read and understand swiftwater movements and make competent decisions regarding progression in swiftwater. They will have the skills to initiate a rescue in a swiftwater canyon.  

Trainer

UKCA Trainer (endorsed)

Duration 

2 days

Cost

£260pp 

Prerequisites

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Course (or similar) 

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

Membership

No membership required.

 

Syllabus 

Day 1 - Theory and Swift Water Progression

Part 1A - Theory and Equipment 

  • Swift water canyon hydrology
  • Flooding and flash flooding
  • Swift water (and rescue) principles
  • PPE and equipment

Part 1B - Swift Water Progression - Canyon rated A3 or River grade 2 max 

  • Defensive swimming.
  • Aggressive swimming.
  • Ferry swimming
  • Swift water entry techniques
  • River Crossing advanced techniques.
  • Set up and use a tension diagonal.
  • Jumping and Sliding

Day 2 - Swift Water Progression and Rescue

Part 2A - Swift Water Progression - Canyon rated A3+ or River grade 2+

  • Swimming and management of equipment and bags
  • Duck diving and apnea

Part 2B - Swift Water Rescue Canyon rated A3+ or River grade 2+

  • Rescue principles - Shout Reach Throw Go
  • Tethered rescue 
  • Swimming contact rescues
  • Swift-water lock off

Part 2C - Rescue Scenarios Canyon rated A3+ or River grade 2+

  • Moving a team across swift water
  • Flash flood scenarios
  • Casualty management in swift water

GROUP REVIEW 

PERSONAL FEEDBACK

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED WORKSHOPS 

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY 

 

END OF COURSE

The UKCA Advanced Swift-water Workshop is a workshop-style training course designed for the student who wishes to gain a high level of swiftwater and rescue knowledge in the canyon environment. This workshop is designed for recreational and professional canyoneers. The Advanced swiftwater workshop covers personal, group progression, rescue skills, incident management and a night exercise in highly aquatic swift water canyons. 

 

Profile

On completion of the course, the student will have the skills to move very confidently in a swiftwater canyoning environment on a canyoning descent. They will have the knowledge to read and understand more complex swiftwater movements and make competent decisions regarding progression in swiftwater. They will have the skills to manage a team rescue in a highly aquatic canyon.  

Trainer

UKCA Trainer (endorsed)

Duration 

2 days

Cost

£260pp 

Prerequisites

  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Very good level of fitness and swimming ability.
  • Have completed the Canyon Leader Course (or similar)
  • Have completed the swift water canyoning workshop (or similar) 

UKCA recommends the student has consolidated skills from the Swift water canyoning workshop and Canyon Leader Course and has a high level of canyoning experience.  

Membership

No membership required.

Syllabus 

Day 1 - Advanced Swift Water Progression and Night Exercise

Part 1A - Advanced Swift Water Progression - Canyon rated A4+ or River grade 3

  • Trap pools, undercuts and siphons
  • Advanced Guided Abseils
  • Floating Anchors
  • Tethered rope setting
  • Abseiling in the flow

Part 1B - Swift Water Night Exercise 

The night exercise is designed to give the student the opportunity to experience canyoning in the dark and practice swift water progression skills on a canyoning descent under the guidance of a trainer. The night exercise will be carried out on a section of canyon descent in low light or night time. 

Day 2 - Advanced Swift Water Rescue

Part 2A - Swift Water Rescue - Canyon rated A4 or River grade 3

  • Personal rope cutting in swift water
  • V - lower
  • Foot entrapment rescue 
  • Ascend a guideline with a casualty

Part 2B - Swift Water Incident Management 

This section of the workshop will give the student the opportunity to practice managing a swift water incident. The student will be able to consolidate their skills and participate in a more complex team swift water rescue scenario.  

GROUP REVIEW 

PERSONAL FEEDBACK

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED WORKSHOPS 

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY 

 

END OF COURSE

WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

Course Dates Trainers Location Availability Cost BOOK NOW
Rescue workshop 4-6 June 2024 Ben Case, George Yates Perthshire, Scotland 8 spaces left £380 BOOK NOW
Swift water workshop 1-2 July 2024 Ben Case, George Yates Perthshire, Scotland 4 spaces left £260 BOOK NOW

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