Dave Black - Canyoneering Master Guide


Learning with a Master Guide

All courses are taught by Rappel Maui manager Dave Black who has been teaching canyoneering, climbing, guiding and Wilderness First Aid courses on the U.S. mainland and overseas for almost 40 years. He was an active participant in pioneering certification programs in the American mountain and canyon guiding industry (certified ACA, APMGA, and ACGA). A long-time professional firefighter/paramedic, he has worked as a trainer and consultant in more than a dozen countries in the field of Emergency Management and Outdoor Adventure.

The photos of tall waterfalls shown are not of canyons that you will experience during these courses. They are places on Maui that may be accessible to non-commercial canyoneers. Rappel Maui trains students on smaller waterfalls in our private valley.

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Call our office 808-445-6407 or email us for the following courses. We do not have online sign-up for them; instead, we discuss your information and your needs over the phone.


To learn more or to book a canyoneering course, email us or call our office.

Introduction to Canyoneering – full day

$200 plus $8.33 tax
Learn the basic principles of canyoneering. For those new to canyoneering, or those looking for a refresher.
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Technical Canyoneering – 3 days

$500 plus $20.84 tax
This is the essential canyoneering course and is designed to give you the confidence you need to pursue your canyoneering explorations to the next level.
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Advanced Canyoneering – 3 days

$500 plus $20.84 tax
The Advanced Canyoneering course is designed to give intermediate canyoneers the skills and techniques necessary to travel through canyons rated through 4C in the canyon rating system.
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Canyon Rescue – 3 days

$500 plus $20.84 tax
The Canyoneering Rescue Course teaches highly-specialized skills and techniques for self-rescue and buddy rescue in extreme canyoneering situations.
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Advanced Wilderness First Aid - 32 hours

$550 plus $22.92 tax
This course from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute follows the recommended curriculum developed by the Wilderness Medical Associates International.
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Private Sessions
For each of the classes above, private sessions are available.
$700 plus $29.17 tax per day for up to 2 participants.
$800 plus 33.34 tax per day for up to 4 participants.
$200 plus $8.33 tax per additional participant.