Skills and Techniques Laboratory

The International Canyoning Academy Association (ICA) is an international association dedicated to professional training and the ongoing research and development of the skills of practitioners and canyoning practitioners as defined in its statutes.

The laboratory of skills and techniques of ICA, abbreviated ICA.LAB, is the structure dedicated to the development and scientific research in the field of canyoning. To achieve better results in this area, ICA.LAB has established a close partnership with higher education. Thus, it is possible to create a union, with several associated advantages, between the practical and professional environment of canyoning with the teaching and research area.

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It is ICA.LAB's mission to achieve excellence in the skills of professionals and canyoning practitioners. And this excellence is based on the connection between the care, precision and detail that science brings, and the concreteness and pragmatism that characterizes the professional sector.

The strategic objectives of ICA.LAB are:

  • Ensure the quality of the portfolio for canyoning professionals / practitioners;
  • Promote the correct development of skills;
  • Support the formation of members and the surrounding community;
  • To support the development and research of studies and publications;


The ICA.LAB has the following attributes:

  • Validate the techniques in use in the laboratory;
  • Develop and test new techniques;
  • Develop and validate skill profiles for professionals;
  • Elaborate own studies and in partnership with other entities;
  • Produce documentation (scientific articles, ICA training support material, reports, etc.);
  • Issuing technical recommendations;
  • Issue security alerts;


Covid-19 Canyoning Prevention - Good practice guide[2020-04-30]
Covid-19 Canyoning Prevention

This document is addressed to canyoning organizations and guides and serves to aid in the transition of activities for the COVID-19 period so that they may operate within an acceptable level of risk.

It is important to emphasize that these procedures, rules, and guidelines will not eliminate the possibility of contagion, but it will reduce the likelihood of contagion.

To prepare this document, we gathered a multidisciplinary team linked to the Canyoning sector in several areas, such as equipment, health and hygiene in the workplace, and logistics. One of the fundamental objectives of this work team was to create a set of procedures that is applicable and feasible for organizations at acceptable costs.

We analyzed guidelines from several official health entities in Portugal and Europe to prepare this document.

The procedures or guidelines presented in this document are complementary to the existing procedures in the organizations, especially those which follow the operational/training standards of the International Canyoning Academy (ICA). Given the problem of COVID-19, this document reflects only the punctual changes in each phase of an activity according to the ICA standard.


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