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Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) - Los Angeles, CA

[nb: the $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit; the full course cost is $395. The balance of $295 will be due on or before the first day of class.]

This course is not only a great time to up your recreational canyoneering skills to an admirable level, but it presents the remaining skills for Certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5) with ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education)!  Check out the benefits of ACE certification .. they're pretty dang awesome:  http://ACEcanyonering.com).  

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Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4)  

Train Hard, Plan Well, Be Safe ... but accident's still happen.

This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) by Uber Adventures teaches the skills necessary to perform immediate, in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues, and how to assist with group emergencies ... all with your groups' normal rack-and-pack (the minimal gear you should carry on your harnesses and in your packs.)

Boost your confidence and fill your mental toolbox with skills to handle technical emergencies.

This course not only teaches you the skills and methods necessary to execute a variety of rescue procedures, but it provides the impetus for critical thinking through an emergency. 

How would you help a canyoneer stuck on a rope?  How would you help an unconscious canyoneer stuck on a rope?  How quickly could you figure out how to convert a static block to a lowering system?  Could you haul a rappeller back to the top of a drop by yourself?  Have you ever been in a canyon, assessing a fictional problem and felt helpless? Are your responsibilities in a canyoneering event greater because you're the leader/organizer?  Would you like to be a more valuable team member? This course is vital for not only canyoneering leaders, but also for conscientious recreational canyoneers who value their own safety and the safety of their party.

With the technical skills presented in this course, you could prevent the need for calling in an expensive Search And Rescue team, avoid putting rescuers at risk, avoid spending the night in a canyon, and continue a canyon descent with a non-critically injured teammate. 

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Skills covered include:

• Advanced Friction Options

• Knots, Rope Grabs & Progress Capture Methods

• Anchors, Rigging & Friction Dynamics for Rescue

• Mechanical Advantage and Haul Systems

• Converting Static Rigging to Haul or Lower

• Assisted Rappel & Tandem Rappel Techniques

• Hero Rescue, Balancier Lift

• Rappelling on a Tensioned Rope

• Guide Ropes, Tag Lines, Belays

• Cut-and-Lower Procedures

• Special Ascending Techniques for Rescue

• Pick-Off Procedures Scenario (X3)

• Considerations for musculoskeletal injuries

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Prerequisites: Since this course builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), our Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2)AND our Canyon Leader Course (ACE-L3), we recommend that you've either taken all three courses or have significant relevant personal experience before taking this class (please inquire if you're unsure if this is the correct course for your current skill set).

INSTRUCTION: UBER Adventures is America’s premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events and Community!  We offer a variety of Canyoneering Courses to get the beginner/intermediate Canyoneer up-to-speed in his/her Canyoneering-specific skills; to provide intermediate Canyoneers with the skill set to tackle Advanced canyons; to train Leaders/Organizers the techniques and strategies for technical and group-management challenges; to teach individuals and groups the skills necessary to perform immediate in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues and to assist with group emergencies; and ultimately to provide the comprehensive training for anyone interested in seeking certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5).

Instructor: Klaus Gerhart 
ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide
, ACGA Certified Guide/Officer/Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, trained whitewater rafting guide, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

The cost of this course is $395. 

This class will take place between 7:00pm-9:30pm on Friday at our store; 7:00am-5:00pm on Saturday & 7:00am-3:00pm on Sunday at Stoney Point Park.  If you're traveling to Los Angeles for this course, inquire about some local camping/crashing opportunities.

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Here's what some students are saying about instruction from UBER Adventures:

"This course was FANTASTIC! It far exceeded my expectations. Klaus was an awesome instructor with an impressive knowledge of all things canyoneering. He gives you hands on experience in several rappelling devices (and rappelling off a Munter hitch), rappel starts in several positions, self rescue, and building anchors (just to name some of the major components, the course content is far more extensive). He is an organized and patient instructor. Every second of the course is filled with either classroom or hands on experience with little down time. After Klaus' class, I feel very confident that I could go out and be a member of a canyoneering meetup. I would give this class my highest recommendation possible. Klaus rocks!!!" --Scott Merrill

"This was an excellent class. I've been canyoneering for about 5 years but never fully gotten all of the fundamentals of canyoneering. A very comprehensive course that enables one to competently descend canyons, even if you don't have any experience prior. It was a really full class and didn't skimp on anything. Klaus is an excellent teacher and always makes it fun while packing in so much information." --Alden Anderson

"I had attended Klaus' last training and it was Amazing! I never expected that I will be able to do so much adventure stuff in a 2.5 day course. Klaus is a great instructor and the training was great fun and totally worth the money. Exceeded expectation!!!!" --Gokul Ramachandran

"This course was great, and it was taught by an even greater guy. Klaus knows his stuff and teaches it well. After only a few days I feel like I can take on just about any canyon. I recommend this course to everyone, and I hope no one hesitates to take it. A great experience!" --Mark Crawford

"Klaus is an amazing canyoneer and a terrific instructor; smart, funny, engaging - but most importantly knowledgeable and SAFE! He's one of the few people I trust with my life, literally. If anyone is waffling on whether or not to attend, DO IT. I assure you you will not regret it." --Nick Brogna

"This 3 day class was awesome. Klaus was knowledgeable and patient. His technical skills taught me confidence in building my own anchors and validating the strength of others. I enjoyed learning with this group. Klaus was able to give individual instructions to all of us. Can't wait to get back out there." --Julie Mello

"Great course with an excellent instructor. Klaus is patient and makes everything challenging and fun but most importantly safe. I don't think he left anything out. I had a great time out there with a good group. I look forward to the intermediate/advance course. Anybody considering this course at a later date, don't hesitate, you won't regret it. Thanks Klaus!" --Darin Matus

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