Canyoning or canyoning as one says with us, what is it actually? The word describes a novel, fascinating activity in a partial untouched and magical landscape. In canyoning, watercourses are descended by descents, climbing, swimming, if possible by jumping and slipping. Here the sporting variety is combined with the challenge of rock and water in a prime landscape and offers countless adventures for everyone. To experience these challenges with pleasure, there are two possibilities.

First: Familiarize yourself with a certified and authorized canyoning and canyoning guide, who takes over the entire organization for the desired canyoning tour. The advantage of this possibility is that you can enjoy the tour and the nature experience to the fullest without having to worry about anything in advance.
The second possibility is to train for this sport, with an expert. During these training courses one learns the most important basics to move safely through a gorge. However, if you have to take this route, you have to be very slow in new tours, because canyoning needs a lot of experience.
The training for Canyoningguides is very comprehensive and covers the entire spectrum of canyoning and takes an average of up to 45 days. Here, as an example, the training route on the basis of the Tyrolean canyoning and gorge guide training.

Entrance examination:

Day 1: Here the candidates have to show whether they are suitable for the training. Only then can they participate in the legally required training. When registering, the candidates must submit a tour report, should the required tours not be available, then the applicant is not allowed to participate in entrance examinations.

The actual training is divided into three areas:

Basic training: 9 days
First aid, rescue and rescue part: 3 days
Guided tour (not in Tyrol mostly in Ticino): 7 days

Between the individual courses, the candidates have to pass some intermediate examinations, which allow an entry into the next course at all. However, the candidates must also complete a 14-day practice period with a trained and authorized canyoning guide between the first and third course parts, which must be documented by an accurate record. Furthermore the candidates must bring a prescribed tour report with 10 prepared topos for the final examination.

Exam subjects:

Rope and knot, topography, geology, weather, equipment and equipment, dangers and accidents, dealing with stress situations, watercourses, hydrodynamics, tour planning, tour management, foreign language, tourism. Wild water swimming, jumping techniques, planning and carrying out gorge tours
These subjects are taught practically and theoretically during the training. The theory lesson is always held by long-term trainers or guest lecturers.

Final exam:

2 days: Only persons who have fulfilled all theory tests, practical partial tests and requirements can be admitted to this examination. If a candidate does not fulfill the prerequisites for the final examination, he has to repeat the third course or the entire course.


Only if all these criteria are met, the candidate can be authorized by the competent authorities and from this point onwards is entitled to offer and conduct canyoning tours. For this reason, every authorized canyoning guide can also identify you, so ask for your canyoning guide before the start of the tour.


However, it is obligatory for every canyoning guide to undergo training at least every four years. If the canyoning guide fails to comply with this obligation, the authorization will be given to him and he is no longer entitled to lead the guests.

Text and pictures by Alexander Riml

As it is with many sports there are different difficulty levels with canyoning as well. Only in rare cases this is communicated directly, they talk more about a beginners-tour. The demand for this tour can be handled by everyone with an average fitness-level between the age of 12 and 60 and without prior knowledge. With canyoning-beginner-tours the slides and the jumps can usually be avoided or roped down. The guide can help the client to rope down, incase he is not confident about that yet.

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The prices differ in Europe quite a bit. For example there are beginner tours in France for 45€/per person and in Switzerland the cost is 150 CHF/per person. In Austria a beginner tour is approx. 70€, for intermediate tours approx. 90€ and extrem or day tours can be up to 120€. These are usually group prices or guided group tours. The price for individual tours is higher of course, but you can enjoy a tour with „only“ your friends.
Our suggestion: When requiring about a tour, also ask if equipment, shoes, camera/fotos, lunch and transfer will be charged separately.

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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
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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Because canyoing consists of several „disciplines“ (roping, climbing, jumping, sliding, swimming) this question is really subjectiv. As people that are keen on sports have different preferences, this can vary highly. We have seen many tours throughout Europe and definitely have to say, none of them were bad. Which one of them is the „best“ or the „prettiest“ tour, depends on your preferences, the tour planning and the guiding of your personal guides. If there would be a list of the „Top 10 CANYONS of Europe“, there would probably be 2 for Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. On our page you can find a selection of professional canyoning providers throughout Austria, just choose the region, the provider and let’s get started.
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