Adam Bass

New Hire for a New Position – IRF Administrative Secretary

We are pleased to announce the recent hire for an Administrative Secretary position at the International Rafting Federation. In this role, Adam Bass (age 37) from Boise, Idaho, USA, is excited to “aid and support IRF programs and participants”.

Adam has a diverse range of work experience and is currently pursuing two careers. A Civil Engineering major, Adam works 75% of the time as a Professional Engineer on transportation projects to construct and improve roads and bridges. Many projects he works on include critical design elements to protect adjacent rivers’ ecological and geomorphic integrity.

Adam Bass guiding a raft down the Boise River in Idaho USA

Adam has also recently turned a long-time passion for rivers and whitewater paddling into a second career in the commercial rafting industry.

Introduced to paddling as a toddler by his father, Adam began his journey as a passionate whitewater kayaker at around age nineteen. Growing up in Boise, he honed his skills on the vast network of wilderness rivers in Idaho, including the many forks of the Salmon, Snake, and Payette rivers.

He began volunteer raft guiding on his backyard river for the Boise River Enhancement Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to the ecological enhancement of the Boise River.

In 2021, Adam went all in, combining his accumulated river skills and passion to become the founder of his own river rafting company, Boise River Outdoor Opportunities, LLC. Starting small, Adam hopes to continue to grow the BROO, working to expand opportunities for the public to enjoy and advocate for his backyard jewel, the Boise River.

Adam enjoying a traditional ‘booty drink’ after an unplanned river swim

In 2022, Adam spent a few months raft guiding for the Cairns Adventure Group in Australia. From his fellow guides in Australia, he discovered and became inspired to become more involved with the International Rafting Federation. In May 2022, Adam obtained his IRF Level 3 raft guide certification with the Portland Rafting Company in Hood River, Oregon. When he saw the announcement for the new administrative secretary position with the IRF, he jumped on it.

Adam is an avid whitewater kayaker in his free time and enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends in Boise.

Adam trained for his new role under the watchful eye of Sue Liell-Cock and will be handling much of the IRF administrative work previously done by Sue. Adding Adam’s energy, passion, and expertise to the IRF team as Administrative Secretary will help keep the IRF moving forward into the future. Welcome to our international rafting family, Adam!

“If I can aid the IRF team to reach the goals they foresee, then I am succeeding” ~ Adam Bass.