The Wild Sky Adventure Guides Intermediate Swiftwater Course is designed for people who want to understand and move more comfortably in swiftwater hydraulics. The course combines International Canyoning Academy (ICA) swiftwater principles and techniques with local PNW canyoning best practices to create an innovate Europe meets the US canyoning course.
Minimum 12 unique aquatic canyons (at least 3 with deep pools that require swimming)
Experience and Comfort with:
NOTE: This is not a rigging course. Participants will be expected to be comfortable and familiar with rigging and anchor management in moving water canyons.
The course location is TBA and dependent on land manager permits.
The canyon will be in Snoqualmie Pass or Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
WildSky partnered with our organization to run an intermediate swiftwater canyoning course, and it was outstanding. Sam worked hard to customize the course to our students’ needs and or organizational objectives. All of the students came away with a greater comfort in canyon whitewater and skills to manage themselves and their team. Can’t wait to learn more from Sam in the future!Becca P
Back in July 2023, I got the chance to join a whitewater canyoning training led by Sam Keller from Wild Sky. I have to say, it was a brilliant experience. Sam is the kind of pro you'd want to have with you while canyoning. He's got this calm, reassuring leadership style that makes you feel comfortable right away, and it's clear he loves teaching and seeing people grow. He genuinely wants you to learn, have a good time, and, most importantly, stay safe. He lead the group to take on actually challenging actions that took our confidence in whitewater to a new level, all the while making sure safety was a top priority. I want to give a huge shout-out to Sam for his guidance, and I can confidently recommend Wild Sky for anyone looking to have a blast while canyoning.Charlie T
I participated in a whitewater canyoning training with Sam Keller of Wild Sky in July 2023. I only have good things to say. Sam is the kind of skilled professional that you WANT to canyon with. His leadership qualities put you at ease as soon as you meet him and it's evident that he loves what he does. He genuinely wants you to learn, have a good time, and most importantly, be safe. Sam also does an excellent job of assessing your skill level and learning style. In turn, he matches his level of instruction. He pushed me to problem solve situations that I would have otherwise looked to more experienced team members to solve. He did so in a supportive way that did not compromise safety. This built my confidence and has paid forward this canyoning season. Thanks Sam! I highly recommend Wild Sky!Orli S
I did a white water training day with Sam in Hager Canyon and it was one of the best training courses for Canyons I've done. I felt empowered and safe the entire day. I came away with more confidence to navigate recirculating water in pools, slide bigger slides safely and some new rescue skills. I highly recommend Sam and his company for anyone wanting to get into an Aquatic Canyon for the first time or the hundredth time! I had a Great Experience!!!Loni U
At Wild Sky Adventure Guides, we understand that not everyone has a group of friends or family to go on an adventure with. That’s why we’re excited to offer a booking feature that connects individuals with other travellers so that you can book a guided trip together.
Wild Sky guides in the Snoqualmie Corridor of I-90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass.
Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the important details for getting ready for the trip, and 48 hours leading up to the trip your guide will be in touch with you to confirm meet up location and time so that there is no confusion the morning of your adventure.
A trip with Wild Sky is an all inclusive experience. Our lead guides have been trained to the highest standards of internationally recognized certifications. They are trained Wilderness First Responders who always carry an extensive First Aid Kit and emergency communication equipment.
When you book a trip with us we will provide you with all the gear needed to move through the canyon. We will fit you with an industry leading quick-dry wetsuit from Seland, a harness with attached carabiners and rappel device, a helmet, a backpack and a dry bucket to store your food.
The most important thing that you can bring on a Wild Sky adventure is a Positive Attitude and a readiness to exert yourself physically for the day.
Canyon appropriate clothes includes lightweight, non-cotton, long pants, a non-cotton shirt, and a pair of durable shoes with good grip (vibram soles preferable) that you don't mind getting wet!
To keep your attitude positive and your body moving you are going to want to bring enough food and at least 2 liters of water to keep you on the move for the duration of your adventure.
The Wild Sky Swiftwater Canyoning Adventure has the option of picking up a maximum of 4 clients in North Bend.
All transportation needs must be communicated at the time of booking.
Pick up options in the Seattle area are available for an extra charge depending on location.
Please bring an extra pair of glasses or contacts with you on your trip. Leave them in your dry bucket so that you have them if you lose yours in the canyon. Please bring glasses straps to secure your glasses in the canyon.
Prior experience canyoneering is not necessary for any of our adventure challenges.
The Canyon Adventure Challenge and the Weekend Escapes! were designed with beginners in mind!
The High Adventure Challenge is also appropriate for beginners, but the challenge requires more resiliency and physical fitness than the other trips. Honestly evaluate yourself and every member of the trip before signing up for this challenge if you have never been canyoneering before.
Seattle area Wild Sky Challenges meet up outside of North Bend at 8:30 AM.
We have designed our challenges to last around 6 - 8 hours, so expect to finish around 2:30 - 4:30 PM.
Tips are not mandatory, but are very much appreciated by your guides.
Guiding is considered a service industry profession. Most people tip around the same percentage as they would tip at a restaurant.
The Canyon environment is an inherently dangerous environment.
At Wild Sky we follow a philosophy of risk management developed by ICA - The International Canyoning Academy to minimize, mitigate, or avoid danger in the canyon.
All of our guides carry a SAFER document that ensures we follow the correct protocols and communicate safety information to you.