Youth Leader Specific Training
Many leaders have the opportunity to take groups of youth out on adventures. These adventures can bring a sense of accomplishment and success.
DarkHorse offers a 3- day fast track course designed to teach a few of the skills needed to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. We encourage everyone involved in Canyoneering to get as much training as possible. This course offers a few parts of each course to help jumpstart your knowledge as a leader.
This course will cover the following:
-Understanding and applying the canyon rating system
-Leave no trace principles
-Proper gear selection and care
-Personal on rope skills (including hooking up, adding friction and locking off)
-Simple static and releasable rigging systems
-Simple mechanical advantage
-Group dynamics and leadership
Youth Leader Canyoneering Certification Course
TEACHING OUR YOUTH TO THINK CRITICALLY, PROBLEM SOLVE, AND WORK AS A TEAM!!!
Explain the ACA canyon rating system (written)
Explain proper gear use and techniques (written)
Complete a BETA BREAKDOWN (written)
Explain what EARNEST and DEAR are used for (written/practical)
Demonstrate good rope management
Demonstrate the following Anchors:
-SPNA (single point natural anchor)
-MPNA (Multi-point natural anchor)
-SPAA (Single point artificial anchor)
-MPNA (Multi-point artificial anchor)
-Construction Project (Dead man)
Demonstrate the following rigging for single and double strand:
-Static Block (knot block, biner block, stone knot)
-Releasable( totem 8, 8 block, Joker)
Demonstrate the following personal on rope skills
-Hook up for rappel
-Add friction before weighting system
-Add friction on rappel
-Pass a knot (SAFELY)
-Ascend a rope 40’ (SAFELY.. no "Batman-ing")
-Demonstrate the proper use of safety tethers
Demonstrate how to sequence a group using transient anchors/thigh belays etc.
Demonstrate the following Rescue skills
Set up a guided rappel (tie, tension, use and retrieve)
Built a hauling system and demonstrate it’s use (2:1/ 3:1)
Demonstrate a lowering system :)
REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL CERTIFICATION
Pass the Exam
If during any portion of the exam you demonstrate a skill unsafely you will receive an automatic fail. You are allowed to tinker around a little but if it comes to your own life or someone else’s life there are no exceptions!!
Complete at Least CPR (Highly recommend wilderness first aid)
Each year of your two years you must descend a minimum of 10 canyons
Certification lasts for two years.
NOTE: this certification is a skill assessment. Good Judgement, problem solving, is assessed by your local leaders.
-COURSE FEE $495.00 (includes exam) -EXAM FEE $95.00
3 day course
1 day exam