So, you think you need professional help? You're in luck. Whether seeking an amazing day with your family or training to improve your technical skills, professional canyoneering guides here in Utah and elsewhere in the US and the world are available to provide exactly what you are looking for.
There are many good reasons to hire a guide. For example:
Want to go descend some quality canyons, but not deal with all the stressful life-or-death safety stuff?
Want to get a taste of the sport to see if it is for you?
Want to make the most of your valuable vacation time?
Taking the family or a cadre of incompetent friends on a trip, and you want them all to come back happy?
Hire a guide. These folks really know what they are doing, can take you to some really cool places, and generally provide all the gear. Most guided canyoneering comes in half-day or full-day flavors, with a few multi-day adventures available out there.
How do you improve your canyoneering skills? Taking a training course is a good start. Canyoneering with a variety of people is good too. Taking a training class will do both for you: direct training on specific skills is the obvious benefit, but you can also hook up with your classmates for future adventures.
People new to the sport should read my Getting Started on Technical Canyoneering page.
There are many good guide services and instructors out there. Tom and Nick are partial to Zion Adventure Company, as we used to guide there and the ZAC guiding philosophy resonates strongly with our own ideals. But we've never gone out with other guide services, so what do we know? Here's the list:
CompanyZion Adventure Company
Adventure Training Services
American Canyon Guides Assn.
IBO Adventure Center
Intrepid Adventure Sports
Moab Cliffs and Canyons
North Wash Outfitters
Red Desert Adventure
Zion Mountain School
Zion Rock and Mountain Guides