International Canyoning Training Course: Canyoneer Photographer ICTC/CAPH

Are you certified an autonomous canyoneer or Canyoneer level 3 and keen on photography, Videography?

Do you wish to combine sports, leisure and photography, Videography?

Do you aim at becoming a Professional?


Don’t hesitate any longer, join us into the imaging world and start the ICTC/CAPH.

To choose a CAPH course appropriate date, please contact one of our ICOpro centers and look our schedule

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You will be trained by an Instructor specialized in Photography, Videography, INPHVI Minimum. You will get certified at the end of the course as Professional Canyoneer Photographer. (Videography Optional by online course)

Canyoneer photographer


Duration & Organization:
8 days

  • Pre-training course e-learning :    3 days
  • Canyoneer Photographer :    5 days


  • Be autonomous in canyoning.
  • Have successfully completed CAPH E-learning: pre-training course.
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.
  • Swimming: 50m and running: 1km.
  • Medical certificate issued less than three months prior to the training course, testifying that the trainee is physically and mentally fit for canyoning activities.
  • Ownership of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera coupled with mid-range zoom lens (wide-to-tele preferred)
  • Ownership of waterproof dry bag and/or cover (i.e. Outex, DICAPAC). Diving housings are not suitable for the course. For more information on this requisite please contact the organizing centre or course examiner.
  • Ownership of canyoning-specific gear, such as harness with CA3 standard equipment, such as carabiners, descender, hand & chest ascender + Pyrenean Cow’s Tail + canyoning shoes + helmet (candidate must inform course organizer if unable to provide any of these items);
  • Ownership of personal computer, preferably equipped with software specific for photo editing (i.e. Adobe Lightroom / Adobe Bridge + Camera Raw, etc.)
  • Basic photography knowledge is desirable but not obligatory
  • Pass successfully the “Test of set-up” according to ICOpro standards within a time equal or inferior to 1.4 times of the Trainer’s time.
  • Setting up a retrievable handline without intermediate point (<4m) and retrieve it from the belay.
  • Setting up a fixed (non-releasable) rappel on single strand, length set to ground level (<8m)
  • Rappel in single and retrieve the rope from the bottom

             !!! The candidate will not attend the training if the test is not successful and no refunds will be given !!!

  • Pass successfully the ICOpro "CAPH test of conversion" on single rope free technique in a time less than or equal to 1.4x of the Trainer’s time:
  • Setting up a fixe handline with intermediate point (<8m)
  • Setting up a fixed (non-releasable) rappel on single strand, with length too short and stopper knot at the end of rope (<8m)
  • Rappel in single strand, perform a conversion to ascent before the end of the rope, and clean the line of rappel once arriving at the belay station then the handline from the starting point.

             !!! The candidate will not attend the training if the test is not successful and no refunds will be given !!!

  • Identify their individual camera’s controls & menu settings and make the requested adjustments according to the examiner’s request:
  • Shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls
  • White balance control
  • Image format and resolution (JPEG, RAW, Large, Medium, etc…)
  • Video frame size and frame rate
  • Autofocus modes
  • Metering modes

             !!! The candidate will not attend the training if the test is not successful and no refunds will be given !!!


Both ICOpro and the course examiner are not responsible for any damage or failure of photographic equipment owned by the candidate during the course development.


Course Objective:

The ICTC/CAPH is an ICOpro professional-level course in which the candidate will acquire photography-specific technical skills as well as further canyoning techniques while learning about the psychological and behavioral aspect of commercial canyoning photography, allowing him to initiate a career as a professional canyoning photographer and establish a photography operation in affiliated ICOpro centers worldwide.

Organization :

The training consists in 4 practical and theory modules including analyzing exercise and evaluation (P.A.R), aptitude memory exercise (Feedback) that will be carried-out during the training and 1 1/2 Clinic Days of revision and regulation.

  • Module 1: Procedures – General knowledge 
  • Module 2: Implementation of the canyoning photography and videography business 
  • Module 3: Basics of Photography
  • Module 4: Dynamics and technicality of Canyoning Photography
  • Module 5: Post trip and psychology
  • Module 6: End of the ICTC CAPH


Regulation I (Day 3) :  free clinic session                               ½ day              
Regulation II (Day 4): Joining a staged commercial tour          1 day  


  • Entry test: CAPH test of set-up
  • Entry test: CAPH test of conversion 
  • Entry test: Personal camera knowledge and control 
  • Certification 1: Theory test CAPH 
  • Certification 2: Practical test CAPH                                                                                                    


Module 1: ICOpro Procedures – General Knowledge

Day 1 : Morning Classroom session


  1. Entry tests
  2. Content
  3. Daily Program      
  4. Evaluation

1B.  ICOpro 

  1. E-learning: ICOpro professional framework Lvl1
  2. E-learning: CAPH definition and duties
  3. E-learning: CAPH license and affiliation 
  4. Feedback CA1: ICOpro PPE Software

1C. Canyoning equipment 

  1. E-learning: ICOpro PPE verification Lvl2 
  2. CAPH additional equipment


Module 2: Implementation of the Canyoning Photography business

Day 1 : Afternoon Classroom session

2A. Independent CAPH Lvl1 

  1. E-learning: Provisional budgets 
  2. E-learning: Accounting 
  3. E-learning: CAPH business within a company 
  4. E-learning: Freelance vs. contracted (legal procedures)
  5. E-learning: Privacy and copyright

2B. Market opportunities  

  1. E-learning: Marketing


Module 3: Basics of Photography

Day 1: Morning/ afternoon classroom session

3A. Photographer Equipment

  1. E-Learning: The DSLR: overview & key featuress
  2. E-Learning: Waterproof systems
  3. E-Learning: Personal computer
  4. E-Learning: Data storage and backup

3B. Canyoning Digital Photography

  1.  E-Learning: The variables of exposure
        a. Shutter speed
        b. Aperture
        c. ISO
        d. Reciprocity and interdependence
  2. E-Learning: DSLR camera body
        a. Digital imaging sensor
        b. Shooting modes (P, A, S, M)
        c. Main and sub command dials
        d. Focus modes
        e. Camera drive (burst mode)
        f. Live view mode
        g. Camera menu
  3. E-Learning: The lenses
        a. Structure of a lens
        b. Focal length
        c. Maximum and minimum aperture
        d. Vibration reduction / Image stabilization
        e. Weather sealing
  4.  Exposure, metering and histogram
        a. Light meter
        b. Histogram
        c. Metering modes
  5. White balance
        a. Colour temperature
        b. WB modes
        c. Specific colour temperature values
        d. Custom WB setting
  6. Composition
        a. Rule of thirds
        b. Variations of the same scene
        c. Scenery and subject balance
  7. E-Learning: Image recording
        a. JPEG
        b. RAW
        c. Memory card type
  8. E-Learning: Additional gear
        a. Filters
        b. Dry cabinet
        c. Spare batteries

3C. Feedback, and Monitoring

  1. Evaluation end of day 1
  2. Check monitoring program of day 1


Module 4: Dynamics and Technicality of Canyoning Photography

DAY 2 : Canyoning session

4A.  Preparation of the canyon                  

  1. Story-telling
        a. Preparation of a photo story
        b. Consistency and parity
        c. Special customer requests
  2. Canyon analysis, key features and requirements
        a. Identifying the canyon’s Points Of Interest

        b. Non-action shots
        c. Nature and scenic shots
  3. Creativity and variety in the canyon
        a. Establishing comfort-zone angles
        b. Variation of focal length
        c. Experimenting with new angles
  4. Stock imagery and footage

4B. Preparing a trip

  1. Using dry bags and waterproof covers
        a. Preparation of the camera
        b. Setting-up the dry bag system
        c. Setting-up waterproof covers
  2. Preparing your camera bag
        a. Customization
        b. Attachment points
        c. Pre and post trip assessment and care
  3. Moving in the canyon
        a. Transporting the camera
        b. Length of neck strap
        c. Neoprene jacket hood and sleeves
        d. Crossing pools with camera in-hand
        e. Down climbing
  4. Bag management techniques
        a. Security and operation of the dry bag system
        b. Swimming with the bag
        c. Jumping with the bag in-hand
        d. Sliding the bag
        e. Bag lowering techniques
  5. Canyon vs. camera: things to consider
        a. Water spray
        b. The “Splash Zone”
        d. Condensation/fogging
        e. Natural light

4C. Additional Canyoning Techniques

  1. The Pyrenean Cow's Tail
        a. Set-up
        b. Utilization
  2. Self-management in the canyon: risk assessment
        a. Feedback CA3 Moving independently from the trip
        b. Exposed positions   

4D. Feedback and monitoring

  1. Evaluation end of day 2
  2. Check monitoring program of day 2    


Module 5: Post Trip and Psychology

DAY 3: Classromm session

5A. Post-trip

  1. Post-trip workflow
        a. Organization
        b. Storage
  2. Presentation to customers
        a. Slideshows
  3. Output methods
  4. Social media and exposure
        a. The image of canyoning & ICOpro
        b.  Consistency with CTR profile
        c. Posting on social networks

5B. Psychology

  1. The 5 fundamental needs
  2. The mental aspect and new environment
  3. The Rosenthal effect

5C. Canyoneer Photographer Psychology

  1. Psychological role of the photographer
        a. Interaction with customers
        b. Comments on customer performance
  2. Coordination with IN and AIN
        a. Post CAI Instruction introduction
        b. Trip progression

5D. Theory test CAPH General

Written test: 50 multiple choice questions about the Canyoneer Photographer curriculum.
70% positive answer of the 50 questions is needed to pass the theory test (maximum mistakes authorized: 15). Test duration: 50 min.


5E. Feedback and Monitoring

  1. Evaluation end of day 3
  2. Check monitoring program of day 3

DAY 4: Clinic Session: Staged Commercial trip

Candidates will cover a fictional commercial canyoning trip organized by the examiner, putting in practice the concepts learned during MODULES 2, 3, 4 and 5 which should include pre-trip preparation, introduction and accurate trip documentation and social media sharing.

The examiner will provide feedback during and after the clinic sessions.

DAY 5: Indoor and Outdoor Session

Final Evaluation

Practical test: Individual commercial trip coverage 


Candidates will join a commercial as lead photographer and must produce a pre-determined portfolio of photos and videos of the trip as requested by the examiner, using the knowledge and confidence acquired during the clinic sessions.


The candidates will be evaluated according to:

  • Preparation of a story board for the selected canyon according to definitions learned during module 4A: Preparation of the canyon.
  • Personal presentation (appearance), introduction, behavior and interaction with customers during the trip according to module 5C: Canyoneer Photographer Psychology
  • Production of still images to illustrate the  storyboard, which should include a minimum of (but not restricted to):   
    1 pre-trip/preparation shot per CAI,
    2 group photos with different poses according to the photographer’s instructions,
    2 action shots per CAI (rappel, jump or slide),
    1 portrait (non-action) per CAI,
    1 non-action shot in the canyon (downclimbing, walking, swimming)
    3 scenic shots of the canyon (1 nature-related during approach, descent or return, 1 featuring the full height of a            waterfall with or without people, 1 section of canyon without people),
    1 emotion-related image per CAI (featuring fun, fear or excitement of CAI),
    1 technical image with the rigging system and/or equipment during the trip as main subject
  • A diverse portfolio of images must be presented in the storyboard. Images cannot be repeated (used multiple times for different sections).
  • Presentation of an interactive slideshow to customers after the trip
  • All presented images must be of high visual quality (subject properly focused and exposed, not blurred, with properly-adjusted White Balance) and presented straight-off-the-camera in JPEG format to the examiner
  • Preparation of social media post for the organizing CTR including a total of 3 images


Module 6: Closing of the ICTC

6A. Validation

  1. Test results
  2. Personal feedback and shadowing
  3. Validation of participant
  4. General feedback

6B. ICOpro Next step

  1. Presentation of Online course Canyoneer videographer (CAVI)
  2. Presentation of Online course Post processing workflow



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