Neil Newton Taylor | Swiftwater Rescue – Although many weirs are perfectly safe to slide over or play in the stopper formed at the bottom, many are not. Telling the difference can be very difficult.
“Weirs are either straightforward or they kill you” – . . . → continue reading . . . Weirs – nice to play in? Or deadly – can you tell the difference?
Dates: 8 – 12 of April 2017. (NB: Changed from 16 – 20)
Location: Greece, Aoos River
Arrival airport: Thessaloniki
Participating at the IRF GTE Conference 2017 gives Instructors a chance to:
Keep currency of their instructor certificate Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand Participate at the . . . → continue reading . . . IRF GTE Conference 2017
We all gathered for the beginning of the ten-day WWOTS Forum adventure in the city of Tomsk, Russia. The participants came from far and wide. On the first day we settled into the hotel and then had introductions with the organisers and sponsors of the Forum, as well as the presentation of . . . → continue reading . . . White Waters Of Siberia Forum 2016
by Kianoosh Mehrabi, Iran Rafting Association.
Our best river friend, Mr Payam Banihashemi, lost his life on the Haraz River on Friday 19 August 2016, while he was trying to rescue people. The selfless way that he endangered his own life to save others is something that will always be remembered.
He . . . → continue reading . . . Tragic loss of Payam Banihashemi
As the demand for International Rafting Federation courses is growing year on year, I am noticing that I am able to travel to new and exciting destinations to run IRF courses. This year alone my travels have taken me to Morocco, Nepal, France, UK and now to the Ukraine for their first ever IRF workshop.
. . . → continue reading . . . Into the Unknown (again) – 1st IRF workshop in the Ukraine
The first ever IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) Conference for Instructors and Assessors was held from the 19 – 21 April, in the AOS Hostel, in Wildalpen, Austria. The conference participants had the honour of being his first guests. It’s a beautiful place, with very friendly . . . → continue reading . . . Report from the first ever IRF GTE Conference
If we thought that the first day of the White Water Rescue Challenge (WWRC) was cold, we were quickly corrected as Day 2 dawned with the icy, snowy conditions.
With so many competitors knowing what a good challenge the first day was, it was expected that no one would give up . . . → continue reading . . . Whitewater Rescue Challenge 2016: Day 2
This is the first time we have had someone attending the Whitewater Rescue Challenge (WWRC) so as to report back to us from this fantastic competition. The location of the challenge is the same as the course for the EC R4 Wildalpen, and the organizers are Gaspar Goncz . . . → continue reading . . . Whitewater Rescue Challenge 2016: Day 1
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. As they are the leader in the fight for the preservation of rivers, we will be doing a three part introduction to them. They are a vital organisation . . . → continue reading . . . International Rivers – an organisation well worth being friends with!
By Mark Hirst As many of us witnessed the disaster caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, my thoughts turned to how I could personally help towards the long term rebuilding process.
I have had the honour of travelling to Nepal for kayaking and rafting based trips since 1998. Since 2013 I have also run a series of IRF guide . . . → continue reading . . . Raising the bar in the Himalayas