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Swiftwater Canyoneering Course (3-day) Kern River, CA
This is the only curriculum of its kind being taught in America, AND includes camping, handouts, a Certificate of Completion, AND a descent of 7 Teacups Canyon on Sunday! **(n.b.: The $100 collected by Meetup is the DEPOSIT for this course, the full course price is $595 so the remaining $495 will be due at least 1 week prior to the course dates. You must provide your own transportation to and from the location; and you can either camp with us or you can get your own camping/lodging; you must provide your own PPE including your standard canyoneering gear (harness, helmet, hardware, etc), AND a full wetsuit (4/3 preferred) and a Type 3 PFD. Uber Adventures will provide the ropes and all training equipment.)** 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! This course will be challenging ... and empowering! 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 a previous Uber Adventures Canyoneering Course, or a thorough series of other APPROVED courses, or, have SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience! 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 Instructors: In Addition to Klaus Gerhart (and maybe Jason), Uber Adventures is bringing in a dynamic Swiftwater Rescue Instructor for his 15 years of experience and expertise! Klaus Gerhart: ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education) Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor, trained whitewater rafting guide, former basic mountaineering instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

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From Phoenix to all points North, South, East & West .. this region of America is bursting with canyoneering opportunities! With its proximity to the canyons of Utah, Nevada and California, (not to mention the great local selection of canyoneering opportunities from the Tonto to the Superstitions, to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon) Central Arizona is a hot spot for the sport of Canyoneering. The purpose of this Meetup Group is to connect people in Arizona with each other, and with the communities of California and the greater Southwest. We will offer regular qualified instruction for the sport of canyoneering, as well as ACE Certified Guide Assessments, and other outdoor/wilderness skills courses like Wilderness First Aid, Meteorology, and Map-and-Compass Navigation. In addition to our courses, which are the core of this organization, we will host canyoneering events and festivals in canyoneering regions across America and will do our best to nurture leaders to help provide opportunities for local canyon descents, practices, workshops, and community meetings. Anybody with the desire to learn canyoneering and anybody who already canyoneers ... this is your group. "Pay for the training and your fun is free!"

(If you want to see what you can expect from the Canyoneering Arizona meetup group, check out our sister site in Los Angeles, Canyoneering California: ... you can also check us out at:

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