Canyoning, canyoneering, barranquismo, torrentismo
Canyoneering, canyoning, barranquismo or torrentismo
Canyoning or canyoneering
Canyoning, canyoneering, barranquismo or torrentismo is an outdoor sporting activity. It consists of descending a section of river, which is more or less narrow. These canyons are also made up of obstacles, such as waterfalls, which can be negotiated either playfully or technically, using mountain equipment. This is why there are no boats involved in this activity.
Today, there are many places in Europe and around the world where you can enjoy this outdoor activity. This sporting activity was originally known as “canyoning”. But it is also known by other names, depending on the language, such as “canyonisme”, coined by the French administration, which is having trouble getting used to the “ing” ending and is trying to impose its own brand. It can also be called “canyoneering”, particularly in the United States, to describe the work of certain archaeologists in search of traces of past life in the canyons of the UTAH. It can also be used more commonly in the form of “canyoneering”. This activity appeared gradually in the 1980s. Initiated by the UCPA and French speleologists, mountain leaders and guides, it took shape in Spain, in the Sierra de Guara, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees.
Diplomas required to supervise canyoning
UCPA is the first training institute to have set up a course giving access to group supervision in canyoning with the “Animateur sportif de collectivité option canyoning”. Until now, this activity was mainly supervised by professional mountain, caving and white water guides.
Faced with the growth of this activity, the French government decided to introduce specific training for canyoning instructors, creating a “qualification” called the AQA (Accompagnateurs Qualification Aquatique). This qualification was intended for French state-certified potholers, high-mountain guides and rock-climbers. It was also used to give equivalence to “AMM” and “Eau vive” professionals who could prove their experience in canyoning and canyoning supervision. As time went on, canyoning became a fully-fledged activity in its own right, and so the government decided to create the “Diplôme d’Etat perfectionnement sportif canyonisme” (DE).
Canyoning in Sierra de Guara
Sierra de Guara canyoning
Discover the most beautiful canyons of Sierra de Guara in Spain with Guara-Canyoning