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Professional Canyoning Instructors

The V7 Team is a group of experienced and professional canyoning instructors from around the world, all with the same vision for the activity: to make canyoning technical knowledge accessible to anyone, at any time, with focus on safety and personal awareness.


Meet the V7 Team

Knowledgeble. Experienced. Professional. Meet the team that brings you the most up-to-date canyoning technical knowledge available online:

Andrew Humphreys (USA)

Andrew Humphreys (USA)

Andrew is a professional canyoneer from Colorado, USA. He is the co-founder of V7 Academy and owner of Canyoning Colorado. An IRATA professional, he leads the technical development of the V7 Academy curriculum, bringing his expertise in various rope disciplines to the table.

International Experience:

New Zealand USA Switzerland Japan Indonesia
Panos Papakostas (GRE)

Panos Papakostas (GRE)

Panos first came in contact with canyoning in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the sport that combined his love for nature with action and fun! He soon started working part time as an assistant canyoning guide and after finishing his university studies and worked a few years in finance he decided that the call of the canyons was too hard to resist.

In 2010 he co founded Baseline Canyoning (today the biggest Canyoning company in Greece) which he managed for 7 years. During this time he spent winters teaching skiing in Greece and guiding and Canyoning in New Zealand. In 2017 he moved to Switzerland where he enjoys Canyoning in the summer and winters full of snow.

The international dimension of Canyoning has been important to Panos from the beginning. He took his first training with the Italian National Canyoning school and in 2013 joined ICOPro, where he got to be Trainer, in order to help develop the standards of the activity worldwide. He is also a Swiss Outdoor Association certified Canyoning guide.

What is your favourite Canyoning destination?

Hands down New Zealand. Great nature with amazing people and a huge amount of unexplored canyons waiting to be descended for the first time.

What's your favourite canyon?

If I have to choose just one I'd say the Oules de Freissinieres in Hautes-Alpes in France. An amazing, technical and physically demanding canyon. You keep smiling long after you've finished the descent.

Most memorable canyoning moment?

I always remember fondly the times when i got to rescue animals trapped in a canyon. Once in a canyon in Greece I rescued a puppy and another time in Switzerland I evacuated a trapped sheep 😂😂

International Experience:

New Zealand Switzerland Greece
George Yates (UK)

George Yates (UK)

George started canyoning in the UK when the sport was starting to gain momentum in 2006. He loved the mixture of technical rope work combined with overcoming white water problems, and watching techniques develop. George took his new skills to Italy and helped develop canyoning as new product for a UK based activity centre. He then worked in Australia and spent time exploring some of the canyons in the Blue Mountains. In 2010 based himself in Scotland managing a large outdoor adventure centre, and became a canyoning professional trainer delivering training, opening canyons and travelling to canyoning destinations around the world.

In 2016 George opened The Canyoning Company with Co-Founder Ben Case. From this point his whole professional career was focused in Canyoning, running daily guided tours, international trips and providing training for recreational and professional canyoneers. He now delivers training throughout the UK and works as a technical advisor canyoning.

Where is your favourite canyoning destination?

It’s got to be New Zealand, the canyons are so diverse and the canyoning scene there is so vibrant and exciting.

What’s your favourite canyon?

Hands down its Lodrino in Switzerland, just an epic place. I love the buzz when it is the first time for people, it’s a great trip!

Most memorable canyoning moment?

In Kenya I was delivering some training to a local outdoor centre. We opened a new canyon and just after the final rappel we turned a corner, the canyon opened and there were two elephants just passing through the bush, it was an amazing moment.

International Experience:

New Zealand UK Portugal Switzerland France
Ben Case (UK)

Ben Case (UK)

Ben is a professional canyoneer from Scotland, UK. He is co-founder of V7 Academy and co-owner of The Canyoning Company. Ben is responsible for the accounts and marketing communication for V7.

International Experience:

UK Portugal Switzerland France
Gus Schiavon (BRA)

Gus Schiavon (BRA)

Gus is a professional canyoneer and photographer based in Bali, Indonesia. He is V7 Academy's co-founder and editor of Rebelay.com. Gus has 10 years experience working with canyoning as a professional trainer, instructor and photographer. He is responsible for the web development and brand communication of V7 Academy.

Gus has discovered canyoning in 2011 after an opportunity to work as a canyoning photographer while living in New Zealand. Since then, he has developed a canyoning photography training course and worked actively to increase the visibility of canyoning and help support the growth of the activity through his images. A published author for multiple outdoor magazines worldwide, he also participated in numerous high-profile descents, incuding the 8-day descent of Malishan canyon in Taiwan.

Where is your favourite canyoning destination?

Wow, difficult question! I've experienced canyoning in amazing destinations worldwide, but I'd have to say New Zealand is my favorite due to its wild terrain and the aquatic nature of the canyons.

What’s your favourite canyon?

Bedford Stream in New Zealand has been a very important descent in my career and I think it's one of the most spectacular places one can experience, for the sheer dimension and wild terrain, a true adventure for adventurers.

Most memorable experience?

The descent of Malishan river in Taiwan and sleeping inside the canyon. It took us 3 days to approach it and 4 days to descend it entirely. The second in-canyon bivouac was super sketchy with loose rock above and earthquake aftershocks still affecting the area: we though of multiple ways things could go wrong, but thankfully none happened. The canyon's crux took a lot of team work, trials and errors until we managed to overcome it, just as the rain got stronger and the canyon flooded. Epic descent!

International Experience:

New Zealand Indonesia France USA Portugal Greece