Canyon Guide Course Weekend 2 of 2

Three people sitting amongst an interesting rock formation

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
River: Machinery Creek Canyon.

With the club officially incorporating canyoneering in to our operations it's time to get guides trained up to be running more canyon trips!

The course will be 4 days in total run over two weekends (you need to attend both). It is designed for those with existing abseiling experience (preferable in canyons) to be trained up to the level of either trainee guide or canyon guide.

The course will involve lots of hands on training and assessment in all aspects of leading canyoneering trips from planning, conducting safety briefs, doing safety checks, rigging abseils, abseiling and rope ascending, whitewater techniques, rescue skills and gear maintanence and care.

The second weekend is going to involve an overnight trip to the north of the state for a couple of canyons. On Saturday we will run a begginer type canyon either dove canyon or machinery creek canyon. On Sunday we will do a more hectic remote area canyon. Expect to be getting to the sheds very late on Sunday!

Cost of the trip along with more specific pans will be organised closer to the date although it is envisaged the cost will be in the $100-250 range (covers both weekend) including petrol costs, a bbq, a canyoneering manual etc.

Things you must bring for the trip –

  1. Heaps of warm clothes and a towel for after the canyon
  2. Canyoneering clothes (same as what you would wear rafting, see this article for tips, neoprene socks are highly recommended) SUPER WARM GEAR IS CRITICAL we will be swimming and standing around in freezing water for long periods of time.
  3. Heaps of food and snacks!
  4. Camping gear. You can borrow gear and sleep under the club tarp if needed, just touch base with me and we will figure it out

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

Senior Guide/Training Officer - James Barnes

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Phone – 0406012364

Note - I do shift work and am often in remote areas; I will get back to you eventually!


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