Meet the Team

Deep Canyon GuidesOur guides are certified under the NZOIA* Canyon qualification framework [some guides may have further overseas based qualifications].  This is a New Zealand specific programme and Deep Canyon is actively involved in setting the standards for the programme.

Most of our guides are also qualified and experienced in other related outdoor activities.

Guide with us Deep Canyon Employment Application Form 18-19

*New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association
NZOIA Outdoor Intructors Association, NZ

Guides, Akos, Sandra, Margeaux & Patricia



Akos is the organizational wonder behind the scenes as well as one of our most experienced guides. Originally from Hungary Akos joins the Deep Canyon team for his first summer this year and boy are we glad to have him on board. He doesn’t shy away from any kind of adventure in the canyons and is always there greeting you with his eternal smile on his face.

Some fun facts about Akos:

He has worked as a dancing teacher, dive instructor and outdoor trainer where he has worked with all sorts of age groups focusing on personal development training. He has lived in Spain, Italy, Thailand and Malaysia. He loves mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing and kite surfing plus being a father of two amazing little creatures


Sandra lives to be in the mountains and loves sharing the beauty and history that lies within them. She comes to us after spending the last 4 years travelling, working, climbing and canyoning in Chile, Peru, Equador, Utah, Italy and opening new canyons in Costa Rica.

With a vast work history including being a swimming instructor and working in a mountain rescue team, combined with her passions for climbing, white-water kayaking and rafting, she is up for every challenge we can throw at her.



Margeaux moved from Connecticut to the Colorado Rockies when she was 17 and has been head over heels for the mountains ever since. She spent 4 years in Colorado completing a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, and dedicated her free time to skiing, climbing, hiking, and teaching yoga. In the summers she taught climbing and led canoe and hiking expeditions at a boys’ camp in Northern Wisconsin. For the last 3 years she’s been putting her degree to good use by giving ski lessons, raft guiding, and canyoning in the Austrian Alps. She’s excited to trade this European Winter in for a Kiwi Summer and play in a new white water/mountain paradise.


Patricia hails from the mountains of Tirol, Austria and has spent the last 7 summers guiding in the canyons of Ticino, Switzerland. When not jumping down waterfalls and reveling in the beauty of nature, she’s passionate about hiking, climbing and traveling the world. Her other great love is yoga, the perfect balance to the adrenaline and the excitement of the great outdoors. Full of energy she loves nothing more than sharing those passions with others. Besides guiding people through canyons, Patricia is a Shiatsu Practitioner and teaches Yoga.




Dave V

Dave is the owner and has been since starting the company um, way back – when it was the first and only one. Dave has tons of recreational and professional experience in ice, rock and mountain climbing, caving, river trips, rope access work, search and rescue and a few other things. More recently it’s been freediving. Oh, and of course canyoning in which he is a pioneer of the NZ canyoning scene with lots of exploring and first descents. He is an assessor on the NZOIA canyon guides programme.  Dave is currently taking a back seat from guiding but is acting as a knowledge bank for Deep Canyon guides and staff.

Ros 30m rap-2


The shadowy figure behind the scenes, without whom things would – well who knows what anarchy would reign at Deep Canyon without Ros! Having moved on from guiding, Ros is now the brains of the operation – the wonder-woman of the show. All hail Ros!