Types of certifications

Our certification courses are designed to empower students to have the confidence and tools needed to experience the outdoors in more engaging ways. With endless possibilities of scenarios that may be encountered,  we focus on teaching students how to manage the risks and make smart decisions that ensure their safety.
canyon safety
A Lead Rappel is going down a rappel first and then braking for the remaining team. To become certified, individuals must master the needed skills, which include tying various types of knots, rappelling with different devices, understanding friction and adding it on the go, ascending fixed lines, and demonstrating proper belay commands and verbal communication techniques. Other necessary skills include self-rescue of a stuck device, safely lowering an incapacitated rappeler via Bottom Belay, rescuing a close stuck rappeler, and setting up a guided rappel at the base. A minimum experience is required, which includes submission of a canyon resume, having completed 8 canyons of at least 3A or equivalent rope experience, being proficient in all required skills.
In order to become certified as a Rappel Guide, there are several requirements that must be met. First and foremost, aspiring guides must have a specific set of skills. These skills include being able to perform a clean rappel, tie several different types of knots, check for anchor integrity, and use various contingency methods such as the Munter Mule and Fig 8. Additionally, they must know how to use more advanced techniques such as the Macrama, Fiddle Stick, and Guided Rappel, as well as traverse to safety anchors and use lowering systems. Another crucial aspect of becoming a Rappel Guide is having a certain level of experience. This includes submitting a canyon resume and having completed at least 15 canyons of at least 3A or equivalent rope experience. In addition, the guide must demonstrate proficiency in all the required skills and successfully complete a Lead Rappel.
To earn Rappel Guide Certification Level 2, candidates must possess all the skills required for Level 1, as well as additional expertise in a variety of areas. These skills include building a Deadman, Meat Anchor, and all wrap and bolt anchors. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a range of techniques such as sand bag anchors, sand traps, pack anchors, pot hole escapes, partner assists, counterweighting, hooking, and 2:1 raising. Candidates must have a minimum of 25 canyons of at least 3A or equivalent rope experience and submit a canyon resume that outlines their experience. They must also have successfully completed Rappel Guide Level 1 and be proficient in all required skills. By meeting these requirements, candidates will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to guide others through challenging canyons with confidence and safety.
To become a Canyon Guide, there are certain requirements that need to be met, particularly with regards to the necessary skills. These skills include Navigation, the use of GPS and Topo Maps, the ability to estimate times and distances, Leadership, Safety Checks, Belays (Top and Bottom), Safety Talk, Team Gear, Edge Protection, Multi pitch, Mechanical advantage (Simple, Compound, Complex), Progress Capture, Conversions (Static to lower, Static to haul, Cut and lower, Contingency to haul), Assisted Rappel, Assisted lower, Rappel on tensioned rope, and Pick-Off. Additionally, one must possess a minimum amount of experience, submit a canyon resume, have completed at least 40 canyons of at least 3A or equivalent rope experience, be proficient in all the required skills, and successfully completed Rappel Guide Level 2. Finally, two other Canyon Guides must recommend the applicant, and they must be certified as a Wilderness First Responder.
rock climbing
Being a lead belay requires a combination of technical skills and situational awareness. Lead belayers must be able to give slack with both Gri-gri and tube style devices while maintaining a soft catch. They need to be able to recognize when to take slack, give slack, and how fast to do so, in order to keep the climber safe and help them make progress on the climb. Additionally, they must know how to spot a climber to the first bolt and be able to react quickly in the event of a fall. To become a certified lead belayer, a minimum of four climbs under instructor supervision is required. These climbs provide the necessary experience to gain the confidence and proficiency needed to safely lead belay. Ultimately, a lead belayer must be a skilled and attentive partner, focused on keeping their climber safe and helping them achieve their goals.
Being a lead climber in the sport of rock climbing requires a specific set of skills and experience. A lead climber must know how to properly clip a quickdraw, set up a quick draw anchor, set up a cordelette anchor, and set up a sling anchor. These skills are essential for protecting oneself and one's climbing partner while ascending a route. In addition to mastering these techniques, a lead climber must also have a minimum amount of experience, such as performing at least 4 climbs on mock lead. This allows the climber to gain a practical understanding of the challenges and risks associated with leading a climb.
Being a route cleaner requires a combination of technical expertise and a commitment to safety. A route cleaner must be knowledgeable about the tools and techniques required to safely clean a climbing route, including rappelling and lowering. In addition, the route cleaner must be able to identify potential hazards and take appropriate steps to mitigate them. To become a route cleaner, it is recommended that climbers have a minimum of four climbs under their belt, with an instructor present to ensure that they are following proper safety procedures. Along with technical skills and experience, a route cleaner must also have a keen attention to detail, as even small mistakes can have serious consequences when climbing at high elevations.
To be a leader climbing with trad endorsement, one must possess a specific set of skills and experience. It's essential to know how to properly place trad gear and what to look for in rock quality to make the right gear placements. Setting up a 3-4 point anchor is also a necessary skill to ensure safety. Leaders must also be able to guess the right size of gear and differentiate between active and passive pro. Additionally, choosing the right gear from the beta is essential for success. To gain the required experience, a minimum of 4 climbs cleaning an instructor's gear and 4 climbs on a mock trad lead is required. Ultimately, leadership in trad climbing demands competence in these skills, plus a deep commitment to safety and risk management, as well as a strong focus on communication and teamwork to ensure a safe and successful climbing experience.
Being a Climbing Trip Lead requires a unique set of skills and experience in order to safely and effectively guide participants on their climbing adventure. A Climbing Trip Lead must be proficient in performing a pickoff, which is a technique used to rescue a fallen climber. They should also be able to set up natural anchors, which are used to secure climbers in place and prevent falls. Route finding and reading beta are essential skills, as a Climbing Trip Lead must be able to navigate the terrain and choose the best climbing routes for their group. In addition, they must know how to bail off a climb and rescue any climbers who may become stuck or stranded. Ultimately, a Climbing Trip Lead should have a deep knowledge of climbing techniques, safety protocols, and rescue procedures to ensure a safe and enjoyable climbing experience for all participants.
wilderness first aid class
Wilderness First Aid
This hands-on wilderness medicine course is ideal for individuals who enjoy outdoor activities such as weekend family outings or recreation outdoors, and want to be prepared for medical emergencies. Participants will learn the Patient Assessment System, effective first aid treatments for common outdoor injuries and illnesses, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. Half of the course is dedicated to practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.

Benefits of certification