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A place where amazing things Get Done!

The Association for Canyoneering Education :: ACE is an organization fulfilling the needs of an industry, guided by the wants of a community, propelled by the passion of an individual.

A unified industry is greater than the sum of its parts.  This organization is a work-in-progress; an organization that will grow as needed and in ways driven by the demands and aspirations of the community.  We welcome your ideas; we value your involvement.

[bsf-info-box icon=”Defaults-star” icon_size=”28″ icon_color=”#00b2ff” title=”Communication” pos=”left” title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_font_color=”#00b2ff”]Though we are often hosting ACE Guide Assessments, evaluating instructors and curricula, teaching courses, building new relationships and nurturing existing relationships, we also understand how important it is for you to be able to communicate with us. Send us an e-mail; leave us a message. We will be in touch. We promise![/bsf-info-box]
[bsf-info-box icon=”Defaults-heart” icon_size=”28″ icon_color=”#00b2ff” title=”Appreciation” pos=”left” title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_font_color=”#00b2ff”]The only thing we enjoy more than descending canyons around the world, is being a part of a community that we helped build.  While our primary purpose is evaluating technical proficiency, we understand that without the support of professional and recreational canyoneers, our mission wouldn’t succeed.  Of course we care about skills, but we also care about the community, good business, and most importantly, we care about YOU![/bsf-info-box]

Our Mission

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.

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What we do

  • Certification for professional canyon guides
  • Standardized curricula for canyoneering instructors
  • Training recognition for the canyoneering community

Whether you’re interests are seeking certification as a professional canyoneering 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 a way to contribute your expertise to the community … we can help.  That’s what we do!

Why We Do It

A BRIEF HISTORY:  The ACGA (American Canyon Guides Association) was formed following the dissolution of the ACA (American Canyoneering Association) in 2011. (Update: The ACA has been re-formed, re-organized and is on its 3rd owner in 2 years.) 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.  America was in need of a consistent entity for curricula and Guide Certification!  ACE is independently filling this void, is establishing/maintaining a standard for continuity in education, and is passionate about supporting a vibrant community of recreational canyoneers.