Our philosophy of teaching

The ICOpro philosophy arises from a global and relevant vision about the canyoning activity that understands every type of practice. It includes every scope of application belonging to this sport; social network, training, commercialization, communication, events, technique, bolting and site supervision, insurance and law, gear research, development and rescue.


A unique educational logic

To meet the international requirements in terms of quality of training, manuals and development of the activity, the ICOpro team has designed a progressive teaching concept based on a consistent progression from the first level of qualification “Canyoneer Initiation” until the highest technical accreditation “Head Training Master.” Technical skills are not enough to be a good instructor, which is the reason why ICOpro programs are focused on pedagogical and psychological teaching. ICOpro not only teaches canyoneers to become proficient technicians, but also to become technician-trainers.

the way to learnThis point is a strong advantage in making the ICOpro label highly acknowledged throughout the world.

CANYONEER Lvl 1-2-3 MANUAL is focused on general knowledge and technical skills that will be necessary to organize a tour, to practice canyoning in autonomy and total security, in every canyons through the world (up to class V3.A3.II).

Every technique stated in this manual has been developed after analyzing the cause of accidents that occurred over the last 15 years. All of these methods are now widely used and taught in ICOpro courses.

These techniques also comply with the development of canyoning activities, the ICOpro educational concept “P.A.R.”—Proficient Analytical Resources, and international safety practices.

ICOpro rescue skills

But what can we read in this first manual of Canyoneer level 1?

There are some extracts and examples below:

Program of the Canyoneer level 123

Summary CA1

1E knots lvl 1

Double Figure 8 Loop Knot (Mickey Knot / Bunny Ears)


  • Application: Used to link two anchor points.
  • Advantages: Redundant if one anchor point breaks. Loop lengths can be easily adjusted.
  • Disadvantages: Sometimes difficult to untie. Not redundant if rope loop breaks.
  • Breaking Strength: 20 kNMMO SET UP


Releasable knots: Munter + Mule + Overhand (MMO)

  • Application: Releasable System
  • Advantages: Releasable under load
  • Disadvantages: Difficult/complicated to tie.
  • Breaking Strength: 15.5 kN


1K Preparing a tour

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Preparing a tour

1P Vertical rope progression: Descent Lvl2

old new schoolAdvances in technology but also the progress in pedagogy about descenders. ICOpro is constantly working on the development of progression techniques and simplified equipment that must be effective and educational. ICOpro distinguishes two basic tools that a canyoneer must have. The descender and the “Equipeur:”

The descender is used to descend with ropes and the Equipeur is used to rig waterfalls.

Currently, the market and the evolution of equipment are leading to the creation of new canyon descenders such as the oldest. These descenders are safe, effective and educational during teaching time and after reaching Instructor Level 1.

The advantages of these descenders are the fixed configuration on the carabiner, they cannot be lost, the efficient braking with different braking modes and safe-guards (anti-lark’s foot, impossible to remove the security carabiner, easy and simple set up of the rope, easy and simple to lock off, easy to teach, easy to learn, etc.)

This reflection was also conducted on the tools to use as Equipeur.

Old school Figure-8, used by ICOpro as an Equipeur

How to use a descende

1P Vertical rope progression: Descent Lvl2

Unclip from the belay:

Start position: Clipped into the belay, in tension on your cowstails. The descent rope is free and correctly fixed to the belay.

  1. Analyze the obstacle configuration and select accordingly a friction mode in your descender which provides the appropriate amount of braking (see Chapter 1P2). Insert the descent rope in your descender.
  2. Take up slack in the rope from your descender until you are in tension on the descender and not on your cowstails, which should now be loose.
  3. Make a static position on the descender. With one hand, firmly hold the rope below the descender, and with your other hand remove your cowstail.
  4. Put your cowstail away on the gear loop of your harness, carefully unwrap the static position with your dominant hand and be ready to rappel.
  5. You are ready to rappel.

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“All you need to know about the basic of Canyoning Activity and Progression.”


223 A4 pages full color
In Canyoneer Level 1 manual, you will learn about ICOpro, the activity basics, canyoning equipment, knots, communication, behavior and environment, hydrology, geology, physiology, tour preparation, physics, horizontal rope progression, vertical rope progression, and basic rock climbing. After you learn this manual, you will have all the necessary foundations for techniques covered in Canyoneer Level 2 manual and beyond.



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