Race Results

WC 2019 Series
Results: OWOM

WC Silokek 
Results: MM, U19M, OM, OW, U23M, U23W

Ibar, Serbia 2019
Results; Video; Photos

EC 2019 Series
Results: R6 Overall; R4 Overall

EC Devil’s Stream
Results; Photos; Video;

EC British Open
Results; Photos

Canada Nationals
Results; Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-. Video H2H.

Pre-WRC, Ziyuan
Results: Men, Women; Photos: Trng, SP/OC, SL, H2H, DR; Videos: D1, D2, D3, D4;

ERC Vrbas, Bosnia
Results and media

EC Results so far
R6: OM; OW. R4: OM; OW.

EC Trnavka
Results: Sprint; Slalom. Photos.

WRC 2019, Tully
Results, Photos, press releases, etc

EC Wildalpen
Results: OM, U23M, OW; Photos

EC Priboj, Serbia
Results; Photos

EC Nottingham
Results, Photos: -1-, -2-, -3-. H2H Video

EC Romania, Dracula Race
Results; Photos

WRC 2018
All results

more archived Race Results

Guidelines for a safe re-entry into rafting

As parts of the world start easing COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and other restrictions the big question in rafting operators’ minds is – how to start getting back onto the river and running trips safely? Outdoor activities are among the safest activities to engage in as the outdoor environment presents fewer opportunities for the virus to spread than indoor activities if managed properly.  Rafting is one of the more challenging adventure activities to manage during this pandemic. (PDF version of this article for printing and sharing. Will be updated when needed. This version is 20200525.)

The IRF has solicited ideas and advice from our Guide Training and Education (GTE) Committee and various rafting tour companies around the world to help raft tour operators, and even recreational rafters and racers, to negotiate this first descent towards the ‘new normal’ of running river trips:

  • Get familiar with the RIGHT information:
    • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and your local and national health authorities.
    • To protect yourself and others from infection, we recommend that operators follow WHO guidelines and recommendations, even if they are stricter than your local requirements. Recommended reading: Getting your workplace ready during COVID-19 (very worth the read) and Protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 (essential).
    • In addition to following WHO guidelines, it is also essential to follow your local legal restrictions that govern activities of this nature (which any operator, guide and trip leader must familiarise themselves with before offering a trip).
  • Pre-trip:
    • Check with your personal liability insurance providers of any changes to liability insurance policies as a result of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Create or edit your liability release waivers to include any social distancing guidelines that should be highlighted to the participants prior to the commencement of a trip.
    • Develop a plan for what to do if someone becomes ill with suspected COVID-19 at any stage of the trip.
    • Ensure that any participants planning to join your trip are confident that they have no symptoms such as dry cough, headache or fever, and that they have not been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person within the last 14 days.  We recommend that you obtain a signed statement (release) from participants that specifically states this.
    • Keep a register of the details of all the participants on the trip in order to assist investigations should a COVID-19 outbreak be traced back to the trip. If possible, it is best to collect this online when they make their booking:
      • Full name
      • Residential address
      • Date of birth
      • Email address
      • Telephone number
    • Take the temperatures of staff each day, as well as checking participants on arrival. Infrared thermometers should be used for this.  Temperature readings will not reveal those persons with COVID-19 that are asymptomatic, but help prevent the spread of the virus by those who do have abnormal temperatures but do not present the other symptoms.
    • Keep trip participant numbers as low as reasonably possible. The less people together the easier it is to manage and the less risk of spreading the virus.
  • Ensure there are no potential COVID-19 infected surfaces anywhere in the area the trip is being held.  The latest evidence suggests that the virus is not spread easily by surface contact, however best practices dictate that surfaces should be sanitised as well as possible. This involves:
    • Sanitise equipment after each use – see below for more details.
    • Sanitise toilet areas thoroughly, as well as any changing rooms.
    • Sanitise vehicles if used: disinfect the seat belts, door handles and any other areas that may be touched.
    • Participants should bring their own face masks, and possibly their own river gear if is suitable and safe for the trip. (All river gear must be suitable and compliant with any local regulations.) Face masks need to be used correctly to be effective – WHO advice on how to wear masks.
    • It is advised to have participants provide their own food (if possible) as long as it can be suitably packed and stowed by the guide.
    • Ziplocks bags should be provided to each individual for their personal items to avoid surface contact with other person’s items before they are packed and stowed.
  • Three of the most important things you must continually remind participants and staff to do:

    • Regularly and thoroughly clean their hands with soap and water (at least 20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol alcohol. Ensure soap and water or hand sanitizer are easily available at all times.  Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up and transfer viruses.
    • They must avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Contaminated hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth where it can enter your body and infect you.
    • They must practise good respiratory hygiene. This means they must cover their mouth and nose with their bent elbow when they cough or sneeze. Why? Droplets from coughing and sneezing are known to be the most common way that respiratory viruses are transmitted. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
    • An additional suggestion is encourage everyone to breath through their noses instead of their mouths as much as possible. Why? Fewer droplets are released through nose-breathing and are not expelled as far.
  • Social distancing – ensure everyone maintains at minimum 1 metre (3 feet) distance between themselves and others. WHO recommends a minimum 1 meter apart, however some authorities recommend 1,5 meters or 2 meters. Do what is required in the region you are running your trip. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets or aerosols from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets. Here are some pointers:
    • Participants should wear masks during all off-water activities. Wearing masks on the water is not advisable as they can become a hazard for breathing if the person falls in the water and evidence suggest that masks are not effective once they are wet.
    • Ensure plenty of space for participants to achieve proper social distancing when safety and other talks are being made, or standing around at any time.
    • Try avoiding using indoor spaces. Why?  Evidence suggests that prolonged exposure to infected individuals indoors will increase the likelihood that you will inhale enough virus particles to become infected yourself.  Outdoor environments tend to dilute the exposure due to the open space, wind and air currents.  If you must use indoor spaces, we suggest that you open windows and doors to the outside air if possible.
    • Ensure there is plenty of space between individuals when loading or off-loading passengers or packing up or loading equipment.
    • Checking equipment – where possible, group the participants within their own “bubble” (participants that have already been spending time together through stay-at-home restrictions such as partners and family members) to check each other’s equipment while the guide watches. And when finally ready – the guide then can quickly check the equipment of each person in each “bubble” and sterilizes their hands in between “bubbles”.
    • In rafts – spread participants out in crafts accordingly. This is likely to be the second hardest part to manage:
      • Guides should distance themselves from passengers by sitting at the back of the raft and placing passengers further forward.
      • Place a family or “”bubble” together in one raft.
      • Use larger rafts where possible to keep bigger spaces between passengers for non “bubble” groups.
      • For participants who are not part of a large enough “bubble” then a 6-man raft at 1 meter means 4 per raft, whereas 1,5 meters or 2 meters apart means 2 per raft, or maybe 3. However, in Class 3 and above rapids this may need to be adjusted so that the participants will not accidentally end up closer than the limited distance. For instance, if the “get down” command needs to be used, or if it is likely the passengers may be thrown together in the rapids.
      • Consider using in-line rafts (inflatable kayaks, duckies) for couples or individuals.
    • If a rescue becomes necessary, make close contact as brief as possible and, if possible, the rescuer should try to hold their breath during the close contact.
    • Transport – this is probably the hardest to accomplish as participants often must travel close together and in a closed environment:
      • Have participants drive their own vehicle where possible.
      • Provide hand sanitiser for everyone to use as they get into vehicles.
      • Passenger buses and vans should be loaded from the back seat forward, and exited from the front seat to the back.
      • Masks should be worn at all times in shared vehicles.
      • Maintain social distancing between those in different “bubbles”.
      • Have windows open at all times to ensure plenty of fresh air circulation.
      • If transportation is for a short distance, bikes are a possible option.
  • Getting going:
    • Do test runs with in-house people.
    • Start with Class 1 or maybe Class 2 depending on the type of river, and get familiar with what is and isn’t possible, and where improvements are needed.
    • Focus on family and “bubble” groups so as to fill a raft with participants who can be near each other.
    • Initially focus on running safe trips, building the business back up will come in time.
  • Sanitizing equipment after each use, like lifejackets, helmets, wet suits and other gear: NRS says “For cleaning, soap and water has proven to be both basically safe for the product and effective in killing viruses due to the amphiphiles (fats) in the soap. No need to overspend—any inexpensive non-detergent soap can stop a virus (which is why hand washing is the number one way to stop the spread). The fats in soap dissolve the protein of the virus outer layer and destroy the bond it has with the host, rendering it harmless.” It is also a good confidence booster for participants to see you doing this.

If you have solutions to any of the problems that rafting operators are facing in getting people back on the water please do let us know.

Here’s a statement everyone could use as it sums it all up well –

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are ready to evolve with it and change our practices accordingly. But we want you to know that we are taking this situation very seriously and adjusting as necessary. The only thing we care about more than getting out on the river is making sure we are doing so safely for all involved.” – Tongariro River Rafting

Stay safe, and enjoy getting back on the river!

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A Boater’s Guide to Carabiners

A Boater's Guide to Carabiners

Carabiners

Carabiners are not only an essential rescue tool on the water, but one of a boater’s most versatile pieces of equipment. From unwrapping boats to attaching equipment to hanging a hammock boaters keep several of these at had at all times. In this article, we are going to break down why carabiners are important as well as some tips on how and what to select. If you are trying to understand what is out on the market we have a helpful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page otherwise you can find more info about carabiners below.

Carabiners are such an ubiquitous and important fundamental of boating life, unfortunately in the boating world we spend far too little time discussing their use and implementation. Many boaters climb as well and it is important to note that although rope work, anchors, fundamentals of force, and implementation of equipment has many parallels; applying every principal of climbing to boating paints an inaccurate picture of what the focus is on the water.

Parts of a Carabiner

Parts of a Carabiner
Satan's Carabiner

Satan’s Carabiner

Carabiner Gate

This makes the whole system work. There are 2 major styles of carabiner gates locking and non-locking. There are a couple major styles of non-locking carabiners; wire gate and solid gate.

Unlike carabiners for climbing where non locking gates are often used, in boating a non-locking carabiner is the devil.

Given the number of impacts that occur on the river, the constantly shifting gear, and sometimes flying people; there is no place on a boat for a non-locking demon carabiner. The potential to fly into a carabiner during a surf or a flip, then getting your PFD caught in it, only to hold you underwater, or against a rock is just too much of a risk.

Having a non-locking carabiner is worrisome enough, however most boaters tend to store carabiners within easy reach or on the lapel of their PFD during use. Both scenarios at all violate the clean principal and can put people at risk as well as turn a rescuer into a victim.

Locking carabiners are more safe, effective, and common among boaters. There are 2 major styles of locking carabiner that are available (they go by many names): manual locking and auto locking. Continue reading A Boater’s Guide to Carabiners …

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, viewpoints or official policies of the IRF.

ATTA’s 10 Recovery, Health and Safety Recommendations for Adventure Travel

Gustavo Timo of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) feels that “Covid-19 brings unprecedented challenges to the tourism industry and that means the Adventure Travel sector as well. However, Adventure Travel might be better equipped to recover and reboot faster simply because of the DNA of the experiences we offer – small groups, nature-based, and set in rural environments and communities. Our industry is resilient and serves a more intrepid traveler that might be willing to come back to travel before others. But no matter what, we need to adjust and adapt to the new normal.”

So what is it that the adventure travel sector can do to turn this lemon into a lemonade? The ATTA pulled a team of experts together, who, in collaboration with the ATTA global community prepared the topics below.

“They are a set of recommendations that reflect the role of Adventure Travel in promoting the health and safety of our teams, travelers, and the communities we visit.” says the ATTA team.

1. Reassess your market, consider all the options. Covid-19 has severely impacted society in many different ways. You need to check how your market has been affected and consider other opportunities. We suggest the following approach: local, regional, domestic, international short haul, international long haul.

Continue reading 10 Recovery, Health and Safety Recommendations for Adventure Travel from ATTA.

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, viewpoints or official policies of the IRF.

Advice on IRF guide training workshops as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

Over the past week several countries have started lifting COVID-19 stay at home orders and other restrictions in a phased way even though the pandemic is far from being over. Re-openings are taking place due to various reasons, while health experts warn that the virus will likely continue to be a health risk for many months or years.

IRF Guide Training and Education (GTE) Instructors are looking at resuming GTE guide workshops in some of these areas, and so the GTE Committee is developing an action plan for minimising the spread of COVID-19 as part of the overall GTE policy (this can now be found under Instructor Resources).  As a general policy, the IRF always puts the health and safety of our employees, athletes, instructors, volunteers and event participants above all other considerations.

In the interim, before a specific COVID-19 policy for GTE workshops is codified, several GTE Assessors have offered advice on conducting workshops during these difficult times.  This advice is for informational purposes only and is not offered as official advice by the IRF, nor intended to supersede potential conflicting advice from any codified IRF policy, nor the advice and instructions of local and international health authorities: Continue reading Advice on IRF guide training workshops as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

Saving tourism in unprecedented and challenging times

In these testing times we find ourselves and our loved ones in situations we would likely never have considered. Many of us in the rafting industry are under increasing pressure with not just personal situations but tourist operations and employees affected by lockdowns and vast swathes of people cancelling their holidays and travel plans. It’s times like these that we need to come together as the #RaftingFamily and continue to support the rafting and tourism communities.

Many adventure tourism businesses are looking at bleak seasons ahead, if you have or had plans to travel and take part in tourist activities, or own a tourism business here’s a list of some ideas to consider: Continue reading Saving tourism in unprecedented and challenging times

IRF GTE Instructor update in Costa Rica this September

You might be good at setting up mechanical advantages, but how do you teach someone else to do it?

The IRF GTE will be holding an Instructor update 30th September – 2nd October 2020 for all existing IRF instructors who are able to travel to attend the update on the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica.

The aim of the update is for IRF instructors to share current global best practice within the rafting industry. The update will also give the instructors the opportunity to update their knowledge of the IRF GTE system & standards.

The update is free to join for all existing IRF instructors. Any donations to cover the expenses of the workshop will be highly appreciated.  The update will be hosted by Sarapiqui Adventures & IRF GTE assessor Mark Hirst. The update will consist of both theoretical & practical water based sessions.

More details here.

Attendees of the IRF Instructor Workshop in Costa Rica 2019

Bookings:
Non Costa Rica  based instructors: mark.hirst@internationalrafting.com
Costa Rica based instructors: info@aventurayremocostarica.com

 

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Rafting Magazines Gear Shed – Arch Rival Drysuit

Article by Nick Prete

  • Shell Fabric: 3-layer waterproof/breathable shell with 100% nylon taslan face fabric treated with C6 DWR (durable water repellent) finish

  • Fabric Weight: 181g/m²

  • Waterproofness (mm h₂o): 30,000

  • Breathability (g/m²/24h): 4000

  • Front YKK® AquaSeal® entry and releif zipper

  • Seat and Knees reinforced with abrasion resistant Devil’s Club nylon taslan 3-layer 240g/m² fabric

  • Latex neck and wrist gaskets with neoprene over cuffs to aid in dryness and gasket preservation

  • Adjustable webbing belt to keep your suit snuggly on your hips

  • Low maintenance latex socks

  • Weight: 3.9lbs (62.4oz)

Arch Rival Drysuit Review

As I unrolled the Immersion Research Arch Rival Drysuit at the put-in for Slab-Creek I wasn’t sad about putting away my old drysuit. For the last few years it had been more of a damp suit with replaced gaskets, microholes and general leakiness. I had stretched that thing to, and past, the end of its usefulness and was ready to end the day with dry underlayers.

So I was stoked to try out the new Arch Rival. I hadn’t used any gear from IR previously but had heard good things from kayaker friends who had. Could this kayaking brand make a drysuit that performs well for rafters too?

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Turns out, this mid-priced drysuit would live up to my expectations. The first thing that struck me was how light it was. The 3-layer nylon Taslan fabric is lighter than any drysuit I had previously used. If you wear your drysuit often, the lightness and comfortability is a big plus. Also for all you instagrammers, it looks damn good. The cut was much more form fitting and the fabric color layouts makes it the coolest looking drysuit for that price.

Ideal Conditions for the Arch Rival Drysuit

This drysuit is not extremely thick, but it can stand up in the colder conditions while also performing on warmer days. I’ve worn it in both frigid temps and without any underlayers on more temperate days. This drysuit can handle just about everything.

Continue reading Rafting Magazines Gear Shed – Arch Rival Drysuit

DISCLAIMER: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, viewpoints or official policies of the IRF.

Reviewed, refreshed and renewed – IRF GTE Instructor resources

Reviewed, refreshed and renewed – IRF Instructor documentation and resources (in English and now also in Spanish)

There is now a wealth of resources that the IRF provides to our certified Instructors and Assessors which are all aimed at assisting them to simplify the processes, administration and implementation of assessing Guides, Trip Leaders and Instructors.

The updated and new documentation includes:

  • IRF GTE Award System – the overarching document the system is based on
  • Assessment Guidelines for Workshops – setting out what and how Instructors / Assessors are to assess for each certification
  • A detailed letter for all Instructors and Assessors explaining the administration processes of the IRF GTE System so that it is clear how it works and can be referred to at any time
  • A template to create a PDF or poster to advertise courses / workshops
  • A standard letter Instructors can adjust and send to candidates before they attend their workshops so as to ensure the candidate knows what to expect, what to bring, and how the IRF GTE System works
  • Templates for recording the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate, whether they are being assessed as a Guide, Trip Leader, Safety Kayaker, Safety Rafter, Site Specific or Instructor certificate
  • A throwbag test to use during assessments
  • The minimum content for an IRF GTE compliant Guide Training Program
  • The IRF GTE award level overview as a Power Point presentation, or as a flow chart
  • Guide’s log sheets for recording their rafting trips – in pdf format and in excel format
  • CLAP = Communication, Line of Sight, Avoidance and Positioning and is a tactic used to have a structured river running best practise. This is in a Power Point version, Word doc version and a printable pdf version
  • IRF Youtube videos on common knots including hitches and prusiks

IRF Instructors and Assessors are continually working to add to the resources available – we thank all those who have translated documents in to other languages, who offer us their instructional videos, and who continually assist us in improving the IRF GTE System in general.

IRF Instructor resources are available on a password protected page on the IRF website. Certified Instructors and Assessors can request access: gte@internationalrafting,com

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8 Things to Ask a Rafting Company Before You Book

8 Things to Ask a Rafting Company Before You Book

Getting the most out of your next river rafting trip

How many miles is the trip?

An average commercial rafting trip will be between 8 and 15 miles for a day trip. In general the tougher the river the shorter the trip. Some commercial outfitters on particularly tough rivers may only offer a few miles, but Outfitters run all kinds of trips on all sorts of rivers, but some outfitters try to gain advantage over each other by offering more miles. Getting more for your money sounds great, but you’re not buying bus tour. Remember, rafting is a physical workout. Like running marathons? Because that’s what a 21 mile trip is going to feel like. Focus on the river trip as a whole not just the number of miles.

On average, how many hours is the trip?

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More important than miles is time on the water. How many hours will you be on the river on average? An 8 mile class III trip can be on the water 1.5 hours or 4 hours. If the river is rated class IV or class V that couple of miles may take all day so they can have extra time to get you down the river in case anything happens. The length of time that you spend on the river is directly related to how much paddling that your guide will make you do. Less time often means your vacation will end up being more work than fun. This all ties into our next point.

Do you have a set take out time?

“Professional” Guides often feel like they are in a race to get down the river. They think that takeout is a time not a place. If the outfitter that you are thinking of using has a set takeout time that is typically a sign the company has lots of arbitrary rules in place for their guides or have a lot of people packed on one date. Continue reading 8 Things to Ask a Rafting Company Before You Book …

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, viewpoints or official policies of the IRF.

Top 10 rafting spots in California

If you are a thrill-seeking nature lover, then there are tons of whitewater rafting spots in California that will give you the best experience.

California is heaven for those who love the waters. There are tons of watersports you can enjoy in the area, from surfing, windsurfing, jetskiing, to kayaking, among others. If you want to experience the thrilling adventure of rapids, there is a lot of that in California too.

Whitewater Rafting Spots in California

A day whitewater rafting in the impressive rapids in California is a must-have experience for an active and stimulating vacation, especially in the summer. It wouldn’t be an experience you will easily forget.

If you are looking for the best whitewater rafting spots in California, here are ten of the most impressive destinations that should be on your list. Continue reading Top 10 rafting spots in California