Canyoning is a sport for adventurers, lovers of adrenaline, altitude, nature and climbing.
Although there are several levels of difficulty, this sport poses an important risk even at the simplest levels, so you should know how to use the appropriate techniques to perform canyoning safely.
Schedule the activity
Before undertaking the adventure, we must plan it and take into account some key points to avoid unforeseen events.
First of all we must look for a ravine that fits the experience of the group that will carry out the activity. Let the guide study the place beforehand and know its most complex points. Knowing in advance all the way will help enormously to establish schedules according to the length of it.
You should also know the weather forecast in case the weather conditions were not good and you had to suspend the activity. Avoid days with strong wind, heavy rain and hail. The bad weather can be a great inconvenience to carry out the activity correctly and could even put our lives in danger in extreme cases.
The training, even if it is basic, is key to carry out canyoning safely, so before starting the adventure the guide should give all the participants a series of guidelines to follow to minimize the risk.
Being prudent is the key
It is essential to start the march with time to spare, already counting on that there could be different circumstances that delay the group and the activity must be finished before the light dies too much. We must also thoroughly review all the necessary equipment that we must carry: helmets, wetsuits, ropes, carabiners, etc.
It is essential that the group stay together and not leave any roommate alone, and it is also vital that the participants pay attention to the professional guide that accompanies them. Jumping into a pool not indicated by the guide, for example, or not following the instructions at the time of jumping, can cause accidents of varying consideration.
It is important to remain calm in case of an accident. It is always better to act calmly and with a cool head so that panic does not invade us. The first thing to do in case of an accident is to take care of the injured person. Protect her and above all not endanger ourselves or third parties.
Dehydration and hypothermia are very common in canyoning when you do not act prudently, so it is essential to have a good breakfast and drink water throughout the activity, even if we are not thirsty, especially if we do canyoning with children.
Carrying the necessary equipment and in good conditions is very important when it comes to canyoning. You can not do this sport if you do not wear the appropriate shoes and clothing, wetsuits and booties if possible. We must also carry some accessories that will protect us from any unforeseen event like: helmet (always homologated), harness, ropes, anchor lines, descender, etc. The guide will know how to advise us in each case.
We can not forget the survival kit: water, food, first aid kit, mobile phone with a charged battery (which is submersible or in a waterproof compartment that protects it from water), submersible torch, whistle, razor, … everything we can use in emergency case. Obviously it is not necessary for everyone to carry everything, there will be more than the guide of the activity and one more participant, depending on the number of people in the group.
If we take into account all these points, doing canyoning will be much safer and fun will be present at all times!