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Canyoning guide training 2017

Exciting water levels during this year’s canyoning training of the Tyrolean gorge leaders demanded a lot from the candidates and trainers.

Also this year the course with 25 participants was completely booked. From 05.05.-13.05.2017 the participants from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland and Italy learned the basic techniques and skills for committing gorges and guiding guests. In the tried-and-tested system, the techniques were presented the evening before in the PowerPoint lecture, practiced the next day in the drying room and then implemented in the appropriate gorges.

As we could expect after the heavy snowfall at the end of the winter, we had high water levels which provided for interesting tours. Thus, techniques such as releasable systems and anchors were also to be applied in a realistic manner. To the weather and the water levels we could go every day great and varied tours. Alpine tours with almost 100m high waterfalls or aquatic gorges with sporty water levels. The Wildwasswimmen on the Brandenberger Ache we could do this year with a perfect water level and a dream weather. A great day for sure.

The participants must now deepen the learned and apply it in internships. In summer, course II also takes place, in which special rescue techniques and first aid are trained in canyoning. Course III will also take place this year in Ticino, where the students have the possibility to apply and improve all learned skills. This is also where the final examination takes place.

The training was carried out by Alexander Riml (Training Director), Willewalter, Thomas Kracker, Gerald Senn, Ewald Holzknecht, Martin Gstrein

Text and pictures by Alexander Riml  www.activsport-alpin.at

 

Can I go Canyoning without a guide?

This questions is asked a lot as well and is legitimate. Even with all the curiosity or euphoria, if you can handle it all by yourself. You should ask yourself a few questions:
Do I have the needed caynoning equipment and do I know how I have to use it?
Do I know the caynioning roping/saving technique, which differs very strongly form the alpine technique?
Do I have reliable information about the canyon? (Topography, approach, access, emergency escape, exit, mobile reception, level of difficulty)
How is my metrological knowledge respective weather changes?
Am I prepared for surprises (broken standing area, injuries) and can I handle them?
Do I know basics about reading the water respectivly fluid dynamics?
Should you be able to say „yes“ to all of these question without hesitation, then theoreticaly there is nothing in your way to take the tour on your own.
We recommand for practical experience: Search for a provider that offers caynoning classes on our website and start building up on your own level. This way it should be doable with enough personal responsibility. Thousands of ski tourers are doing this the same way each winter, when they take part in a trainging with the LVS.
In the south of France for example are some easy canyons which are walked through by families (almost without any equipment). In these regions the part of the private walkers is much higher as for example in Austria – which of course is a result of geology.

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What equipment do I need for guided Canyoning?

Usually the entire equipment is provided by the canyoning guide, which means neopren suit, neopren socks, canyoning shoes, helmet and harness. Should your guide not provide shoes, we reccomend ankle-length sturdy shoes, which wont be to heavy when getting wet. Usually you would wear swimwear underneath your neopren suit such as swimming trunks or bikini/swimsuit.
Further we reccomand to wear a functional shirt. Advantage: More comfortable when entering, a bit warmer during the tour and simply more hygienic.

Here as an overview the things you should bring yourself:
bikini, swimsuit, swimming trunks
towel
if you wear contact lenses: extra lenses, as a precaution goggles – should be provided by your guide
if neccessary earplugs for higher jumps – should be provided by your guide
important personal medicine such as allergy medicine, insulin etc.
small drinking bottel – no glas
small snack like cereal bar
neopren underwear or functional shirt, no cotton

These are the important things. Mentionable would be a helmet bracket for the actioncam (such as GoPro) or your own helmet (please check with the guide if your helmet is qualified for canyoning)

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