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MEET THE Canyons' crew

We are Canyons

Our Canyons' guides have worked all over the globe and each of them brings top level international guiding qualifications to the team. Not only our guides, but also the gear we use is rigorously tested before making the cut. In line with our belief in continual improvement, we're always training and aiming to further improve the quality and safety of our tours.

Outdoor adventure is not just a job for us, it's our passion, our life. Through adventure, we introduce people to the grandeur of our natural environment in the hope that a newly gained respect for our planet will be attained.

Canyons prides itself on highly professional and experienced international guides. A great guide is the difference between a good tour and a great tour. Our staff will ensure you have a safe (and highly entertaining) outdoor experience.

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Mike

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 25 years

Mike is from New Zealand and the founder of Canyons'. He is fluent in Japanese and loves all things outdoors from canyoning and rafting, to BBQs and the ocean.

Qualifications
・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・ACA Canyoning Leader
・CIC Canyoning Guide
・Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
・New Zealand Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
・Minakami Rafting Guide
・CAA Level 1 (Canadian Avalanche Association)
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor
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Keita

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 13 years

As Operation Manager he controls all things at Canyons. He holds a Chef's License, is a talented carpenter and is one of the mainstays at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS
・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・ACA Canyoning Leader
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・ACA Canyoning Leader

 

 

 

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Adam

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 14 years

An ever-cheerful Kiwi. The Rafting Trip Leader who makes sure that each trip is super-fun and super-safe.
When he gets away from work he can be found playing with his offspring who are a chip off the old block.

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・New Zealand Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
・Minakami Rafting Guide
・RAJ Rafting Guide
・CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

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Aki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 11 years

He puts both customers and staff at ease with his calming influence. With his soft-spoken leadership he's like a big brother who can always be relied upon. He is an important part of the team for Canyons both in summer and winter and has been the deputy head at a our snowboard school.

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
・JSBA A Instructor
・JSBA Judge
・First Aid Certificat

 

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Isamu

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 10 years

Born in Tokyo, Japan. Loved by customers and all crew, he is the Canyons charismatic guy.

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・IRF Grade 3 Guide
・New Zealand Grade 4-5 Rafting Guide
・Minaki Rafting Guidame
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

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Tessy

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 12 years

His first love is the mountains and he runs the backcountry tours at Canyons during the winter. He is always trying to up-skill during every season and is in charge of the equipment at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness First Responder 80hrs
・CIC Canyoning guide Assistant
・Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level1
・JMGA Mountain Guide Stage 2
・JMGA Ski Guide Stage 1
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

 

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Hikaru

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 10 years

Hikaru is the promo guy for Canyons. The many Canyons' promotional videos are his work. A native of Okinawa he loves to enjoy the ocean and the mountains.

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・IRF Grade 4 Guide TL
・Minakami Rafting Guide
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level 1
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

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Ogi

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 11 years

He is bilingual with a New Zealand English accent! Ogi is an integral part of the Canyons operation. During winter he is the leader of the Canyons English snow sports school and in summer works as a rafting guide.

qualifications
・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
・New Zealand Grade 3 Rafting Guide
・Minakami Rafting Guide
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・JSBA A Instructor
・PSA Asia Pro Snowboarder
・IRF Grade 3 TL
・CAA Avalanche Operation Level 1
・First Aid Certificat

 

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Tomoki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 8 years

He is an incredibly attentive and gentle guide which is not what people might think when they first see his tall frame. He is a key player in many of the great events that take place for party people at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS

・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・First Aid Certificat

 

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Toshi

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 5 years

He is a smart guy and always working hard to improve his skills. During the winter he is pushing his limits in some "pow" around Japan.

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level 1
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

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Cho

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 6 years

From Korea, he is always pushing his limits and loves spicy foods.  

Qualifications

・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

 

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Koya

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 4 years

He just got back from Australia, where he has been for a year, improving his English skills. 

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

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Koh

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 4 years

Born in Australia, he is native Japanese and English speaker. Has a Japanese soul but an Australian heart. 

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

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Daiki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 5 years

Daiki is a Gunma local. He is patient and calm. He puts customers and the crew in a healing mode.

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

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Kin

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

A "Kansai" girl, she is always smiling and with her physical ability, she is challenging her limits in lots of adventures. 

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid 
・CIC Module 1
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

 

 

 

 

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Reiya

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

Reiya is Canyons youngest crew member. He is always pushing his limits and is a Judo black belt. 

qualifications

・WMA Wilderness First Aid
・IRF Grade 3
・First Aid Certificate

 

 

 

 

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Chris

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

Natural from England, he is all round sportsmen, and now is challenging for a new adventure.  

QUALIFICATIONS

・CIC Canyoning Guide Assistant
・CSIA Level 2 Instructor
・ISA Level 1 Instructor
・SPA (Single Pitch Award)
・BCU Level 1
・CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

 

Joe

Joe

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 2 years

 Energetic Englishman who loves the outdoors. Joe is a snowboard instructor in winter and canyoning guide in summer.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

・BASP Outdoor First Aid
・BASI Level 1 Ski Instructor
・BASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor
・First Aid Certificate
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

 

 

 

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Jorry

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

QUALIFICATIONS

・Red Cross First Aid Rescuer
・RAJ Rafting Guide
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

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Taku

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 10 years

Organic farmer in the weekdays and outdoor guiding in the weekend, Taku is a man of many talents.

 

Qualifications

・NZRA Grade 2
・IRF Grade 3
・Minaki Rafting Guidame
・First Aid Certificat

 

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Mark

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 25 years

A great kiwi rafting legend. His rusky voice is a trademark. 

Qualifications

・Wilderness First Aid
・Rescue 3 senior instructor 
・Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
・New Zealand NZRA Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
・Minakami Rafting Guide
・AvCan Avalanche Skills Training 2
・NZSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

Sally

Sally

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 11 years

 

Qualifications

・NZQA First Aid
・New Zealand NZRA Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
・NZRA River Resque

 

 

 

Brodie

Brodie

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

 

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness First Responder 80hrs
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

 

 

ML

ML

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

 

QUALIFICATIONS

・WMA Wilderness First Responder 80hrs
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yusuke

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

 

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・First Aid Certificat

 

 

Verity

Verity

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

 

Qualifications

・WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid
・NZOIA Rock Instructor Level 1
・First Aid Certificat
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

 

 

 

 

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Takky

Natural from Gunma, she is Canyons multi-talented and creative, from website to the kitchen, she is always helping customers and crew. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yumiko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikki

 

 From England and loves travelling! Nikki is a warm and welcoming member of our reservations team for winter and summer operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiro

Canyons artist, like every artist he has own magical world. In charge of Canyons design and our lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Risa

Alot of our power comes from the delicious food that Risa makes. She puts her heart into the Special Canyons Burger too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miyuki

Powerful girl from Tokyo. She loves to talk and is always chating and smiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby

Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tetsu

Guiding for over 20 years Tetsu is now in charge of sales. He has plenty of great stories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akie

Canyons' Website Manager. She can often be found enjoying the great outdoors with her three lively children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara

From Brazil she loves summer and between season's she is somewhere in the world exploring hidden beaches. With a degree in Tourism and trilingal , she is in charge of the school groups travel planning and organizing.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

・Child Protection L3
・The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Assessor and Supervisor

 

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