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In a raft, actions speak louder than words

International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will challenge preconceptions about speech and actions at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will run an open session on the use of actions over language in raft guiding at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.

IRF Assessor & Rescue 3 instructor will run an open session based on the delivery of information and how to create a powerful non language-based safety demonstration. The session will build on the principle that the days of a safety talk are no more. We need to be looking towards a safety demonstration that continues throughout the trip and does not finish once we push off from the shore.

How many times have you heard the saying?
“Actions speak louder than words”

Mark said “Summit organisers have set a precedent by taking on the challenge of organising the world’s first ever rafting summit”. Mark continued that “the subjects to be discussed to a global audience will hopefully inspire many to take a leading role in their own communities around the globe. This in turn will increase awareness about environmental & safety issues within the rafting world that we are faced with in the modern age”.

Mark is the owner & Founder of Lapin Koskikoulu (Lapland rapid school) based inside the Arctic circle in far North Finland. Mark works full time delivering IRF & Rescue 3 courses around the globe. Mark has been responsible for running several first ever IRF workshops in many countries. Mark delivers around 15 IRF workshops per year.

When not delivering workshops & courses Mark likes to get kayaking as much as possible. Mark has kayaked in many countries & regions around the world including the Himalayas, Siberia & Iceland.

In addition to his outdoors roles, Mark is the secretary for the IRF GTE committee & is currently working on developing the new IRF Commercial operator’s certification programme.


Summit workshops cover important topics such as the future of IRF Guide Training and Education (GTE); advances in raft guide certifications; environmental risks facing rivers; how raft guides and adventure travel outfitters can transform their communities; rafting and world peace; dealing with drugs and alcohol among guides and clients; and, how to work with language barriers and engage in non-verbal communications.

For more information see the official website: or Facebook: @WWWRaftingSummit

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