Do you want to become an International Rafting Guide? Here’s your chance!

Do you want to become an international rafting guide?

We invite you to the qualification course that opens career prospects in adventure tourism.

You can work either with the rafting operators in the country, or almost anywhere, on five continents!

The course will be in English and is supported by the main instructor of the Austrian rafting federation together with a Romanian instructor.

The course has 2 chapters:

– IRF (International Rafting Federation) guide workshop

Instruction for new or skilled raft guides who wish to bring or update their technical level to IRF standards


– Examination for qualifications/awards up to Raft Guide/Trip Leader level II/III,

Dates: April 3-7th, 2023

Location: Arca Rafting Camp.

Ask us for accommodation and airport transfer options.

Equipment: ARR provides boats, paddles, local transfers to/from the river.
You must bring your personal equipment (helmet, PFD, wet/dry suit, 2 pulleys, 3 pear shaped carabiners, 4 prussik loops 5 mm).

If you fly, you can have wetsuits, helmets, PFD`s from ARR, for free.

If you lack some equipment let us know.

Mihai Mares IRF Instructor level III


Mihai Mares is the only Romanian IRF Instructor, has over 15 years of river experience, is a certified trainer and has 7 years of teaching in whitewater environment.


Costs per person:

IRF Raft guide training workshop (without assessment or certification fees): 180 €

Certification Fee (includes IRF fee of 40 US$ for 3 years): +55 euro.
Certification Fee is refunded for the candidates who do not pass the assessment.

If you want to take the Trip Leader assessment: +75 € (instead of the 55 mentioned above)

Accommodation in Valea Lupului Pension (optional): 80 lei/person/night, bed & breakfast

Free tent pitch with access to showers and toilets, at Arca Rafting Camp.


Before the course you need to send the following:

– A valid first aid certificate (FAC) or equivalent with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Less than 2 years old.
– Log book recording each run, signed by the Trip Leader or Operations Manager of the company.
– copy of your payment for the training course fee 180 €


Words from your instructor, to the participants:

“These 5 days will include a thorough review of paddling, guiding and people managing skills of the candidates, preparation for the IRF exam and an IRF exam on the last day.

It will be a level 2/3 assessment, depending on the level of the participants.

As you will not be able to learn everything you need to know for the exam within this time, you need to be prepared before arriving at this course.


You need:
Basic boat handling skills
Different paddle strokes needed by the guide, efficient turning of the raft
Catching eddies
Throw bag practice
Knots (figure of 8, butterfly, prusik, clove hitch, munter (Italian) hitch, overhand knot)
Physical fitness to be a river guide/flip a raft/climb into the raft

Especially flipping a raft and learning knots is very time consuming on a course. We are just trying to keep things efficient that we can learn and improve as much as possible in these 5 days.”

Places are restricted to 12.

Registrations by email : – fill up this form first, please: