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International Canyoning Organization for Professionals

ICOpro’s unique teaching concept strongly focuses on the human element of our activity. Go deeper into the canyoning world with ICOpro.

About ICOpro:

Founded in 2011, the International Canyoning Organization for Professionals (ICOpro) has quickly taken the canyoning world by storm, with over 15000 members and Canyoning Centers in Indonesia, France, Greece, UK, Colombia, Madeira, Montenegro, Ecuador, Canada, Portugal, Spain, USA and New Zealand. ICOpro is specifically focused on the development of the professional practice of canyoning in the international market. This goal is achieved by a comprehensive training structure, a rigorous quality control program, a large network of experts and training centers, and a commitment to continual improvement. If you are looking to learn canyoning and be autonomous, or you want to start your professional career, ICOpro is the right choice for you.


"Become autonomous and discover the hidden treasures of the planet"

ICOpro courses:

Canyoneer Initiation (CAi):

Each trip with Abel Tasman Canyons can also be your CAi because we follow a one-day, canyoning course curriculum designed by the ICOpro. The CAi course is an introduction to canyoning as a sport, and it is taught by a certified ICOpro Instructor and Assistant Instructor.

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The CAI course covers the basics of the activity, including the explanation of canyoning and equipment, communication within the canyon, walking and scrambling techniques, progression on safety lines, rappelling on ropes, jumping and sliding techniques, and opportunities to learn more with ICOpro. At the completion of every tour, participants will be validated with a Canyoneer Initiation certification card, as well as be registered on the ICOpro network where they can access resources like a free CAI manual. While the CAI course follows a formal framework, its primary purpose is to share the passion of canyoning with others and, most importantly, to have fun!

Once you’ve completed your CAI training, the next step in canyoning is the Canyoneer Level 1-2-3 (CA123) course.


I completed my CAI training. How do I get the free ICOpro manual?

Here’s what you need to do:

• Visit
• Login with your email + password
• Click on Learn with ICOpro
• Click on Book Canyoneer Initiation
• Download, enjoy and share…

Canyoneer Level 1-2-3 (CA123):

CA123 is an 11-day course (3 days pre-learning/8 days practical) that is designed to teach the trainee to progress independently in a moderate risk canyon during a non-professional tour. This highly intensive course is regarded around the world as being one of the best introductory to canyoning courses, and it is also a prerequisite to any professional-level courses offered by ICOpro.

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Duration: 11 Days

  • Pre-training course e-learning: 3 days minimum
  • Canyoneer Level 1: 2 days
  • Canyoneer Level 2: 1 day
  • Canyoneer Level 3: 2 days
  • Clinics session: 1.5 days
  • Certifications: 1.5 days


  • Accessible to anyone who has reached the age of maturity in his/her country of origin.
  • Completed CA Lvl 1-2-3 e-learning pre-training course.
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.
  • Swimming: 50m (150ft) and running 500m (1500 ft).
  • Medical certificate issued less than three months prior to the training course, testifying that the trainee is physically and mentally fit for canyoning activities.


The program allows you to organize canyoning excursions and to use basic technical skills within moderate risk canyons. You will become a member of ICOpro with sufficient skills to use the ropes and then become independent in a moderate risk canyons.


The training consists in 3 technical and theoretical teaching levels, including analyzing exercises and evaluation (P.A.R), aptitude memory exercises (Feedback) that will be carried-out during the training, 1.5 Clinic Days of revision and regulation and 1 module to test all skills and knowledge.

  • Level 1: Procedures – General knowledge – Vertical progression
  • Level 2: White water – Assistance
  • Level 3: Horizontal progression – set-up – rescue
  • Module 4: End of the ICTC CA1-2-3


Abel Tasman Canyons will provide the full technical equipment.

Full Curriculum:

Check out the full CA123 curriculum on the ICOpro website.

Schedule and bookings:

You don’t need to specifically book your CAi, all you need to do is book one of our adventures and mention in the comments that you would like it to be a CAi.

Dates for ICOpro training during the 2021-2022 canyoning season are coming soon. Please contact us if you have any questions, or to request dates.

For more information please email us:

FREE: 0800 86 34 72

+64 3 528 9800

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