Is knowing techniques enough to be autonomous in canyoning?

The unique and wild aspects of canyons force the canyoneer to be able to adapt themselves to the environment and to the specificity of each obstacle in the canyon. It means that each student need to learn how to analyze and need to gain the ability to be optimal, to anticipate, and to make appropriate choices. A good canyoneer is not only a good technician but also a good analyst. The most appropriate technique will be chosen according to targeted analyses and not upon automatic or generic parameters. This is what makes the ICOpro teaching concept unique and makes ICOpro a “NEW SCHOOL.”

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ICOpro teaching philosophy is based and focused on the idea that a good and efficient canyoneer or instructor is much more than good rope technician. Beyond mastering rope techniques, the ICOpro teaching method’s goal is to lead trainees to fully understand their choices and their actions: They must be able to justify and explain them according to a prior analysis of a particular context, and not only blindly apply instructions or imitate a demonstration.

You learn, you know, you experience, you master…

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The best way to understand something is to repeat it or to practice it at one’s own pace, with no constraints or stress. But ICOpro training programs are dense and demanding, and it could be diffcult for trainees to acquire their contents during the training course. That is why the ICOpro Team created a new pedagogical concept called “Clinic Session” in order to give all the opportunities and relevant conditions to their trainees to learn, progress and succeed. This special day is dedicated to practice and regulation according to the trainees’ needs and requests.

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But what can we read in this third manual of Canyoneer level 3?

There are some extracts and examples below:

Program of the Canyoneer level 123

Summary CA3

3D Anchors Lvl 1

Never trust an existing anchor, even new. How to verify the elements of a progression anchor to avoid any risk of failure that could result in a fall?
An anchor must be resistant and well-positioned.
Every anchor point as well as the anchors must be verified before use, even if another group has just passed previously. Prior to verifying the anchors, the quality of the support must be assessed (crack in the rock, rock, tree etc….).

Anchors manual CA3

3H Set-up: Guided rappel Lvl 1 (from below)

The technique: Easy Pulley System (EPS)

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Establish a system to guide your progression during an abseil descent to:
– Avoid danger (large flow of waters, dangerous water movements at the reception area, risk of blocking the rope…).
– Manage abrasion.
– To move an injured teammate.
– To vary your workshop while supervising an outing.

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– A progression rope with a length a little over 2 times the length of the hazard to avoid.
– Individual progression equipment.
1 or 2 tape slings, if pulley system is rigged on a natural anchor.


set up guided line

3K Rescue Scenario

The technique: Indirect Rope Cutting

Objective :
To lower a person from the top that is stuck on a fixed rope (impossible to release)

Necessary material:
A length of rope that is at least equal to the length of the vertical pitch (intervention/auxillary rope) Individual progression material + a knife + an HMS carabiner

A person is blocked on a fixed rope (main rope) The “ rescuer ” is clipped to the belay

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rope cutting 1

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rope cutting 2


Realization of the technique with your descender:

  1. Clip an HMS carabiner on the belay and clip the auxiliary rope inside it. Close and lock the carabiner.
  1. Tie a figure of eight knot at the end of the intervention rope. And clip a working carabiner + hand ascender to it. Ensuring the carabiner is locked and closed.
  1. Install the hand ascender “ head down ” on the main rope.


“The most advanced Canyoning Techniques for beginners Canyoneers.”

Canyoneer lvl 3

170 A4 pages full color
The Manual Canyonner Level 3, includes methods and techniques of horizontal progression, set-up and rigging, and basic rescue techniques. This manual allowing you to progress autonomously through a moderate risk canyon.

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