Swiftwater Canyoneering, Class C Canyons – Kern County, CA
This course will be challenging … and empowering!
Canyons with strong current, water volume and hydraulics pose dangers that dry canyons (Class ‘A’) and low-flow, or standing-water canyons (Class ‘B’) do not. This course provides skills, knowledge and experiential training FOR exactly that type of environment, IN exactly that type of environment. We’ve taken the relevant skills from a Swiftwater Rescue Course and combined them with the relevant skills for Canyoneering in Class ‘C’ canyons and have produced this hybrid Swiftwater Canyoneering Course!
You must provide your own transportation to and from the location; you must provide your own PPE including your standard canyoneering gear (harness, helmet, hardware, etc), AND a full wetsuit (4/3 preferred) and a PFD. Uber Adventures will provide the ropes and all training equipment.)**
Prerequisites: This course cannot be your first foray into the sport of canyoneering. The skills and methods in this course are a supplement to previous training. You MUST have taken both the Uber Adventures Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) AND at least two of the Uber Adventures Advanced (ACE-L2), Canyon Leader (ACE-L3), or Canyon Rescue (ACE-L4) courses! The only exceptions to this requirement are 1) having taken a thorough series of other APPROVED courses, or 2) having SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience! (exceptions must be approved by Uber Adventures … please contact us!)
IN ADDITION to the above technical requirements, you MUST BE A STRONG SWIMMER! This course does not teach you how to swim.
Skills, Techniques, Topics covered include:
- Rope Management in Deep or Swiftwater
- Anchor Access and Challenges
- Belays & Rappel Methods, Air Pockets
- Specific Gear, Handling & Utility
- Tensioned Diagonals, Guided Rappels, Tyrolean Traverses
- Potholes, Deviations, Re-Belays, Lowers & Hauls
- Slides & Jumps, Surface Tension, River Crossings
- Hydrology: Holes, Rapids, Laminars, Eddies
- Defensive/Aggressive Swimming, Ferry Angles
- Strainers, Sieves, Entrapments
- Rescue: Towed Victim, Live Bait, Throw Bags/Rope
- Communication, Safety, CFS, LNT
- Hypothermia, Submersion, Water Quality
Tuition: This 3-Day Swiftwater Canyoneering Course is $595 per individual. A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space in this class. While the deposit is non-transferrable and non-refundable, it may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given, canceling your participation. If 30 days notice are not given, the balance of $495 will still be due whether you attend the course or not. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup.
Instructors: In addition to Klaus Gerhart, Uber Adventures is bringing in a dynamic Swiftwater Rescue Instructor for his experience and expertise!