All Full Day and Half Day tours at Canyoning Colorado follow a one-day, canyoning course curriculum designed by the International Canyoning Organization for Professionals (ICOpro). This course, called “Canyoneer Initiation” or CAI, is an introduction to canyoning as a sport, and it is taught by a certified ICOpro Instructor and Assistant Instructor.
The CAI course covers the basics of the activity, including the explanation of canyoning and equipment, communication within the canyon, walking and scrambling techniques, progression on handlines, rappelling on ropes, jumping and sliding techniques, and opportunities to learn more with ICOpro. At the completion of every tour, participants will be validated with a Canyoneer Initiation certification card, as well as be registered on the ICOpro network where they can access resources like a free CAI manual. While the CAI course follows a formal framework, its primary purpose is to share the passion of canyoning with others and, most importantly, to have fun!
Once you’ve completed your CAI training, the next step in canyoning is the Canyoneer Level 1-2-3 (CA123) course.