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Work Experience Weekend – What is it like to be a canyoning guide?

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2 day Canyoning Guide Work Experience

April 22 – 23, Canyoning Guide Work Experience Weekend

Would you like to be a wizard of ropes and do choice bombs for a living?? If the answer is yes, you should join our 2 day Canyoning Guide work Experience here at Abel Tasman Canyons!

The 2 day experience will touch on many facets of Professional Canyon Guiding. From the technical and people skills required to run a safe and fun trip to the more mundane parts of the job (e.g the clean up!!).  We want to inspire the participants and outline what’s involved in the job and the possibilities for the future!

Those that like what they experience can have a chat with us about further training with the NZ Canyoning School and possible job opportunities. Here at Abel Tasman Canyons we use the NZOIA qualification framework and train to the standard of the NZOIA Canyon Awards.
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Canyoning master Lee got his NZOIA Canyon 2!!

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NZOIA Canyon 2 is the highest possible qualification you can get for canyoning guiding and instructing in New Zealand. Only a handful of people have achieved this level in New Zealand. The process is a full on 3 days assessment. Candidates have to show their personal skills, vertical rescue skills, white water rescue skills and provide a safe, fun and educational experience to model students in a high grade technical canyon. Lee den Haan did a great job getting the highest of the NZOIA Canyoning Qualifications. Find out more on the NZOIA website.

Congrats Lee! Top job mate!

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Canyoning exploration in New Zealand

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There are few things more exciting than going to places where humans have never been before. Canyoning in New Zealand is getting more popular but there are still thousands of canyons which have not been descended yet. Some because they are too technical, some because they are really hard to get to. This videos captures part of a first descent we did in the Dart Valley. 700m vertical with about 45 back to back waterfalls. Canyoning exploration in New Zealand at its finest. Check it out here. More awesome videos in our gallery.

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It’s not about where we journey, but who we journey with.

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Old mother Torrent, her merciless flow, her fresh clean waters. The way she glistens in the sunlight on a hot summer’s day. Churning, trickling, cascading, whirling, and bubbling. I can dream each step, each handhold as if walking in my sleep. It is no joke, I, like my fellow guides, could walk through Torrent River backwards, blindfolded, possibly even upside down and still find my way. I know it like the back of my hand, knowing just where to step, what to clip, when to jump.

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Female guides of Abel Tasman Canyons

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It may be one of the most amazing compliments to be told by a young female customer “You’re a feminist icon, Rosie”. As one of the female guides of Abel Tasman Canyons, I am just doing my job – running up and down the canyon, setting up the technical side of things and making sure everyone is having a great time. I was quite surprised at the time of the comment, I mean I’m no Maya Angelou or Emily Davison (who threw herself in front of a horse for the right to vote) but then I had a little think…
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February newsletter

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It’s been a crazy busy time here at Abel Tasman Canyons. We’re super excited about all the people who have decided to join us on a challenging adventure and came out smiling from ear to ear. But aside from canyoning, what else has been happening?? Read all about it here!

Getting roped in

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Customers often look at us with mouths wide open, gawping at how effortlessly we leap from rock to rock in the canyon. It’s almost as if we were born as ready-made canyoning guides. But today we’re going to let you in on a little secret… There was a first time for all of us. At one stage we also walked through the canyon feeling like a baby giraffe taking their first steps, and we too felt our stomachs shrink at the prospect of the 8metre jump. So we thought we would share with you first time experiences of some NZ canyoning guides , and how we eventually all became the guides that we are today.

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What were you all doing before you became NZ canyoning guides?

Lana: I was teaching kayaking and managing a ski school in Canada. Read More

Q & A with Tess

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We recently welcomed high school student, and family friend, Tess into our canyons as a trainee guide for a few weeks. We wanted to hear a little bit more about her experience, so we brought her into the ATC base to ask her a few questions.

tess-in-action-abel-tasman-canyonsHey tess! Thanks for coming in. I know that you’re friends with Toine and eva, the business owners, but how and when did you first meet?

Hey! Thank you for having me. My family are Dutch and so we met Toine through a Dutch family friend a few years ago. Since we were first introduced we’ve spent lots of time together, having dinners at their house or at ours, going tramping together and celebrating Sinter Klaas (a Dutch tradition which happens on the 5th of December). Toine and I get along really well because we both enjoy outdoor activities and love being out in the natural environment.

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