Association for Canyoneering Education
for canyoneering guides
continuity in education
enriching the community
What we do
Whether your interest is seeking certification as a professional canyoneering guide, seeking to hire a qualified guide, seeking employment in the outdoor industry, starting your own guide business or school, being part of a nurturing community, seeking recreational canyoneering partners, or if you’re looking for another way to contribute your expertise to the emerging adventure sport of canyoneering … You’re in the right place!
To set an American Standard to which professional canyon guides and instructors can be held; to provide a clear path to certification for professional canyon guides; to host professional canyon guide assessments; to establish standardized technical canyoneering curricula; and to develop relationships between land managers, guide services, and training providers.
“The Association for Canyoneering Education”
Why We Do It
- Certification for professional canyon guides
- Standardized curricula for canyoneering instructors
- Safety forums and tools for the canyoneering community
A BRIEF HISTORY: The ACGA (American Canyon Guides Association) was formed following the dissolution of the ACA (American Canyoneering Association) in 2011. The ACGA was to become America’s first professional association for the industry of canyoneering. Five years later, its volunteer Board of Directors and limited membership have been unable to host the guide assessments for which it was created, and it, too, has dissolved. ACE is independently filling this void in Guide Certification, while also establishing a standard for continuity in education and supporting a vibrant community of recreational canyoneers.