Is canyoning activity dangerous for the practioners?

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The richness and technical complexity of canyoning requires acute adaptation capacities from the ICOpro canyoneers, whether it concerns their environment, the emotional and psychological state of their teammates or the morphology of obstacles that can be met.

Our ability to anticipate and make a fair and appropriate choice must be optimal in order to practice safely.

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the way to learn


Our innovative educational concept of canyoning (©PAR) makes no difference between technique, pedagogy and psychology: it is an indivisible whole.

This is what makes the specificity of the ICOpro educational philosophy and that is why ICOpro is considered as “NEW SCHOOL.”

newschool breath

As recreational canyoneer, practicing with ICOpro ensures you to enjoy safely in all your canyoning descents.

“There are no bad students when the instructor is good.”
“So, there are no accident when the teaching was good!”

The time is now

But what can we read in this second manual of Canyoneer level 2?

There are some extracts and examples below:

Program of the Canyoneer level 123

Summary CA2

2A White Water Lvl 1
Hydraulics or stoppers

A feature created by water flowing over an obstruction, such as a ledge, beneath the river surface. Similar to an eddy, the water flows over the obstacle beneath the surface creating a space that needs to be refilled. Naturally the river refills this gap, in this case by folding back on itself and flowing back upstream, creating a continual recirculating flow of water.

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hydraulic drawing

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The water becomes agitated and mixed with air, causing it to become aerated and losing up to 50% of its density.This lack of density makes swimming and buoyancy difficult, if not impossible! (…)


Downstream V

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Water feature resulting from water channeling between two objects. It is often easy to see as it is a darker solid section of current, flanked by two strong eddy lines or white shoulders.

The downstream “V” is often an indicator of a potential good line through a rapid. It is generally a place where water continues to flow downstream.

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DownstreamV drawing


2D Free Diving Level 1
Duck diving up to 3m

The so-called “duck diving” technique allow you to retrieve an object 3 meters deep. To master this technique, the preparatory breathing technique and “last breath” (apnea techniques) will guarantee you the ability to go deeper without uselessly wasting oxygen, which you need to keep as long as possible.

duck diving
2E Assistance Lvl 2

Warm Point

In case of accident or prolonged waiting, the victim, the group or oneself must be placed in a warm, calm and dry area and avoid draft.

The warm point is the only way to meet the above criteria so long as we cannot reach a canyon exit, a protected area, a car etc…
There are different types of warm points. During the canyoneer training, we will be focusing on the individual warm point. During the professional courses where group management prevails, the collective warm point will be taught.

Warm Point

Waiting for the rescuers depending on the canyon, region or country, the time of waiting for the rescuers can be more or less long. The time of waiting can also depend wether the rescue teams are private or public, the canyon terrain (exposure, access) can also affect wether helicopter winching is available which will effect the speed of rescue.
As the time of intervention varies, we must be as efficient as possible and anticipate a long wait (comfort area, victim and group Safety, avoid hypothermia…).

As soon as the victim is secured, write up a first assessment by completing the ICOpro accident sheet. Afterwards, while waiting, perform regular check-ups: note the evolution of the victim’s state on the follow-up sheet.

Rescue alert sheet


“Basic White Water and Assistance for all Canyoneers all around the world”

canyoneer lvl 2

76 A4 pages full color
In Canyoneer Level 2 manual, you will gain knowledge about whitewater and assistance techniques, as well as specialized water-based techniques such as free-diving. After you learn this manual, you will be well prepared for the vertical and aquatic aspects of a moderate risk canyon.