As mentioned, the IRF is holding a Guide Training & Education Conference for all its GTE Instructors and Assessors from the 19 to the 21 April in Großreifling, Austria. Then there is the annual White Water Rescue Race in the same location: 23 – 24 April followed by a Raft and Safety Craft certification Workshop: 25 – 29 April.
A GREAT chance for Instructors and Assessors to get together with others in their industry and share knowledge, experiences and grow networks while having some fun as well!
Due to the quick expansion of the IRF GTE Award Scheme, we need to discuss the challenges this is causing the IRF and how we’re going to resolve it. To be able to maintain equal and high standards globally, the IRF GTE needs to implement some major changes in the way it functions. We therefore invite all Instructors and Assessors to this conference so as to receive information at first hand and be part of the change process, as well as to maintain the integrity and currency of our instructors.
Key benefits of you participating:
- Apply for your regional assessor status
- Network with International colleagues and IRF GTE Committee
- Stay up to date with the IRF Award Scheme
- Get good deals with equipment suppliers
- Practice your assessment protocol to comply with IRF proceedures
- Stay a few days longer and participate at the IRF Rescue Race and an IRF Raft and Safety Craft Certification Workshop
- GTE Report 2015
- GTE Committee introduction
- IRF Rafting Operators Best Practice Certificate
– assessors perspective (Jim Davis)
- Regional Assessors supervising IRF GTE
– role of IRF Regional Assessor
– applications to become IRF Assessor
- Disciplinary procedures (Gaspar Goncz)
– ethical supervision
– blame against guides
– blame against Instructors
Afternoon: Water based activity: Paddling the Enns – Kummerbrucke section
- Updating the Award Scheme
– introducing challenges (Gaspar Goncz)
– new structure idea (Joe Willis Jones)
– new training standards
- Implementing IRF Event Safety certificates (Gaspar & Joe)
- Update and development of the existing GTE documents
– regional translations
- Introduction of new online administration system (Joe Willies Jones)
Afternoon: Water based activity: SUP down the spectacular canyon of the Salza
- Demo Assessment (Guide, Trip Leader, Safety Craft)
- Closing Meeting
Day 4. Practice, preparation, participation in course design & test for Whitewater Rescue Challenge
Day 5-6. White Water Rescue Challenge
Day 7-11. IRF Raft and Safety Craft Certification Workshop 25-29 of April
If you`d like to add on to the agenda, please send your suggestion latest until the end of March.
- Participation fee: 120 Euro/3 days
- Meeting point and hosts: 08h00 on 19th April at AOS Adventure Hostel, Großreifling 28, 8931 Landl, Austria. Their Facebook page.
- AOS Adventure Hostel:
2-4 person Rooms 20 Euro / person / night (private bathrooms)
Dorm rooms 15 Euro / person / night (shared bathrooms)
- Camping near AOS: //camping-weiberlauf.at/
- Breakfast: 7 Euro at AOS
- Book accommodation and meal directly with AOS: Lukas Strobl
- Email IRF Admin to let them know you are keen to come.
- Then complete the form at wwtc1.wufoo.com/forms/international-rafting-federation-irf/
There is also an IRF Raft and Safety Craft Certification Workshop 25-29 of April in the same location.
Organizer: Gaspar Goncz (Head of IRF Guide Training and Education Committee)