CANYON TECHNICIAN™ COURSE

 

Canyoning (or ‘canyoneering’ as it is known overseas) has been a very popular offshoot of bushwalking for many years, but has recently experienced a major boost in general interest as a result of media attention and the ready availability of guidebooks and guided adventure tours. Unlike rockclimbing, which has a higher level of perceived complexity (generally), canyoning in it’s simplest form is very easy for many outdoor enthusiasts to ‘get into’ with little equipment or associated expense. It is because of this easy ‘entry level’, and the catastrophic results of seemingly small errors in judgement associated with canyon operations, that the Canyon Technician program was developed.

Canyon Technician (CT) is module 2 of the Rope Technician™ Training & Development Program and is a five day program of instruction (not including assessment) that is assessed at Certificate 4 level. Much of the course format and instructional resources have been adopted by Blue Mountains College of TAFE as the Certificate IV Advanced Canyoning program, and as the 'Fast Track' Certificate IV for current guides and instructors. The CT program is designed to be the most comprehensive of it's type in Australia and covers canyon anchors & rigging, belaying & retrieval systems, self and team rescue, single & multi pitch abseiling, risk management, accident response, navigation and weather interpretation. The CT program is designed for recreational abseilers & canyoners, volunteer & professional rescue personnel, outdoor education leaders, professional guides etc. We have endeavoured to put together a program which both addresses national training package competencies as well as current best practice both here and in the US, France and New Zealand. Prior abseiling experience is required. Candidates will be sent pre course learning material upon booking either in hard copy, word.doc or Adobe PDF format. A Statement of Attainment listing endorsed components plus added non endorsed material will be granted on successful completion of the assessment.

 

Course Content:

Planning

Risk analysis, Weather interpretation, Emergency Management Plan (EMP), Planning for minimal impact, Equipment selection, Cleaning drying & servicing of equipment

Advanced and Canyon Specific Rigging

Single point anchors, Belay systems, Rope management & improvised descent methods

Group Management

General management, Abseils - single & multi pitch, Jumps, Swims, Transition areas, Overnighting, Environmental concerns

Rescue

Vertical rescue systems in a canyon context, Swiftwater rescue procedures

Accident Management

Responding to emergencies, Steps in accident management, Immersion hypothermia, Improvised carrying methods, Shelters and flotation aids, The leaders first aid kit, Working around helicopters

 

 

Suitability

The CT program is designed for recreational abseilers, climbers & canyoners, outdoor education leaders, rescue operators, rope access specialists etc. We have endeavoured to put together a program which both addresses national training package competencies as well as up to the minute, practical skills for the active rope professional - no matter what your field of expertise or work environment.

The CT course is module 2 of the Rope Technician Training & Development Program.

If you don't think you're ready for such an in-depth course visit us

at Canyon Self Rescue

 

Prerequisites

Prior abseiling and canyoning experience. Candidates will be sent pre course learning material upon booking either in hard copy, word.doc or Adobe PDF format.

 

Result

Certificate of Attainment stating endorsed and added components on successful completion of the assessment.

 

The Cost and Dates

$950.00 per person

Group discounts may apply

 

Inclusions
All equipment,

pre and mid course training resources,

50 page Canyon Technician instructional notes,

7mm prusik set,

lunch each day.

 

Guide / Client Ratio

1:5

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