Safety

We are serious about your fun.

Qualifications and training:

Your safety is most important to us. We have spent countless hours developing and testing our safety procedures to provide you with the safest possible trip. Our guides are qualified through the New Zealand Outdoors Instructors Association, Commission Internationale de Canyon, ICOpro and/or UK Canyon Guides. All guides are trained in first aid, most of them up to either Outdoor/Wilderness First Aid or Pre Hospital Emergency Care level. The guides who transport our clients have a Passenger Endorsement drivers licence. On top of this guides undergo continuous in-house and external training to improve their rope rescue techniques, white water rescue techniques, and first aid knowledge. This way they are prepared for anything at all times. The Managing Director of Abel Tasman Canyons has been directly involved in establishing the NZOIA Canyon 1 and 2 qualification and is one of three canyoning assessors in New Zealand. In conjunction with other canyoning operators he established the national safety guidelines for commercial canyoning in New Zealand.

Safety audit

Abel Tasman Canyons is externally audited by AdventureMark, an independent outdoor safety audit programme. Every year we complete a surveillance check and every third year we complete a rigorous paperwork and on-site audit to ensure we comply with the highest standards for adventure tourism. Mandatory external safety audits became a law in New Zealand in 2014 with the new Adventure Activity Regulations. Abel Tasman Canyons completed their voluntary audit in 2013 to be well ahead of the game. In December 2016 a second full audit was passed with flying colours.

Equipment

We provide you with top notch equipment to keep you safe and toasty warm. We use specialised canyoning gear sourced from the leading safety equipment manufacturers. All gear is checked and maintained during regular safety inspections.

“Torrential Fun!”


Tripadvisor Review

As a super keen outdoor adventurer and instructor I was incredibly impressed with the trip from a to z. The guides had the perfect balance of professionalism and fun, catering for everyone’s unique background comfort zones and demonstrating impeccable safety practises. Not only an amazing canyon trip, the guides weaved in interesting environmental snippets allowing an even deeper experience.

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Anna L,  Picton, New Zealand

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