3DBs Help Regular People Become Able Canyoneers

Managing ropes before a floating disconnect

Empowerment is the hallmark of any Zion Adventure Company course. Spend some time with our instructors on a technical course or a guided trip, and you leave more capable than when you arrived. And the more time you spend with us, the more able you become… which is why our Three-Day Basic Canyoneering courses produce some amazingly capable canyoneers, problem-solvers, and outdoor leaders.

I’m highlighting our Three-Day Basic courses in response to a recent Yelp review on the course. The impact this course had on these guys is amazing, yet honestyly, this type of response is pretty common for a 3DB group:

I am a frequent visitor to Zion National Park and I have always rented my gear and sought advice at ZAC. I recently took the three day basic canyoneering course and it far exceeded my expectations. I learned much more than I anticipated and all six members of our group went from knowing little-to-nothing with respect to technical canyoneering to being able to handle canyons on our own with complete confidence and proficiency (Mystery and Pine Creek). I can’t say enough about the level and breadth of instruction in this course (raps, anchor building, problem solving, sequencing, gear set up, etc.)

Our guides, Tom Jones and Bill Westerhoff, were incredible. They were both amazingly proficient with respect to the technical aspect of canyoneering as well as great to be around for the entire three days. Multiple members of our group of six commented that Tom and Bill were the best guides of any trip of any guide company they had commissioned (folks in our group have done many guided trips). What made Tom and Bill so great (aside from the fact that Tom is a canyoneering celebrity) is that they maintained the delicate balance of maintaining the proper guide/student relationship to ensure we were learning as much as possible while maintaining a fun atmosphere where everyone gave everyone else a hard time (a hallmark of our group trips). 

I would, without reservation, recommend the three day basic course to anyone serious about building a strong foundation in canyoneering. Every member of our group left feeling that the value we received over the three days far exceeded the price tag.

Maybe you are already intrigued with canyoneering and you want to go beyond your current knowledge. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a fantastic way to spend a vacation with your friends, family, or co-workers. Either way, a Three-Day Basic Canyoneering course has to be one of the best ways you could spent your time in Zion. As Jonathan mentions above, the payoff for your investment is sizable… we promise an adventure you will never forget.


About Nick

Nick Wilkes found ZAC in 1996, working first as an outfitter, then a guide, then as webmaster. An ardent adventure enthusiast, Nick's recent exploits involve laying down roots in Wisconsin, chasing his kids around the house, working as a Madison, WI photographer and growing his Wisconsin climbing business. Connect with Nick on Facebook, Google+, or directly via email.
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