Waterfall Canyoning Course - The Mountaineers - 2019

Canyoning Course

Waterfall Canyoning Course

A condensed 8-day course taking you through all the skills you need to move safely and independently through the waterfall canyons of the PNW. Receive an internationally recognized CA123 certification from ICOpro.

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Course Overview

The Mountaineers is partnering with ICOPro Trainers, Andrew Humphreys and George Yates to offer an introductory course to canyoning in the Pacific Northwest. Our region has world-class aquatic canyons (Class C in American Canyoneering Association ratings), and this course provides both novices and experienced desert canyoneers the skills to assess and progress through our local waterfall canyons. Canyoneer Level 1-2-3 (CA123) is an 11-day course, including 3 days pre-learning and 8 days practical, that is designed to teach students to progress independently in a moderate risk canyon during a non-professional tour. This highly intensive course is regarded around the world as being one of the best introductory canyoning courses, and it is also a pre-requisite to any professional-level courses offered by ICOpro.

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  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Have completed CA Lvl 1-2-3 e-learning pre-training course. (this will be available 30 days before the start of the course)
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.
  • Swimming: 50m (150ft) and running 500m (1500 ft).
  • Medical certificate issued less than three months prior to the training course, testifying that the trainee is physically and mentally fit for canyoning activities.


The program gives you the skills to organize private canyoning trips and to maneuver basic technical skills within moderate risk canyons. Skills include vertical and horizontal movement on rope, a variety of anchor options and rigging options, understanding and managing whitewater in a canyon environment, and understanding special considerations and emergency planning. You will also become a member of ICOpro with sufficient skills to use the ropes and then become independent in a moderate risk canyons.


The training consists of three learning levels, each of which builds on the previous. Each level will include theoretical and practical learning, analyzing exercises and evaluation. The end of the course will include both a written and practical exam.

  • Level 1: Procedures – General knowledge – Vertical progression
  • Level 2: White water – Assistance
  • Level 3: Horizontal progression – set-up – rescue
  • Module 4: End of the ICTC CA1-2-3


All technical equipment will be provided.

Full Curriculum:

Check out the full CA123 curriculum on the ICOpro website.


Cancellations 31 days or more prior to the course will receive a refund minus a $70 administrative fee.

Cancellations 0-30 days prior to the course are eligible for a refund minus a 50% deposit.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Personal Movement in Water - Group A
Snoqualmie Powerhouse to Plum Landing
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Registration closed Jul 10
0 participants
2 instructors
Experience Canyon - Group A
Change Creek
Wed, Jul 15, 2020
Registration closed Jul 13
1 participant
0 instructors
Assessment Canyon A
Rachor Creek: Upper Canyon
Mon, Jul 20, 2020
Registration closed Jul 18
8 participants
2 instructors
Change Creek
Mon, Jul 20, 2020
Registration closed Jul 18
7 participants
4 instructors
Course Materials

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