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Renew your GTE certification
Guide / Safety

Renew your GTE certification quick and simple

Travel restrictions, local lockdowns, and business closures have made it difficult to renew your GTE certification this last year. We understand how frustrating this can be so we’re trying to make the renewal process quicker and easier for you. How to renew your GTE certification: Provide evidence of at least 10 trips in the last

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Minding edges
Guide / Safety

Minding edges to improve on water performance

Following on from our introduction last year, we catch up with Annalee Decker for her thoughts on what off water endeavours can bring to on water improvement. Minding edges – by Annalee Decker I’ve often been told the most difficult part of any adventure is the first step. However, through my wanderings in water and

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Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam
Sustainability

Save the Zambezi – Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam

Urgent effort is required to stop the Batoka Gorge dam on the Zambezi river. This world renowned stretch of river is planned to be dammed for the purported benefits of hydro-electric production. The International Rafting Federation is vehemently opposed to the construction of the Batoka Gorge dam. Our objections to the dam have been lodged

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Winter guide work
Guide / Safety

Winter guide work in a covid climate – what are your options?

As the southern hemisphere starts to warm up to a covid-19 impacted season, we take a look at winter guide work in a covid climate. With international quarantines and travel restrictions in play, the usual suspects will be off limits for most people. Strict border control means the usual hop skip and a jump across the

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Wild Whitewater Woman - Annalee Decker
Development

5 steps to becoming a rafting Wild Whitewater Woman

Annalee Decker shares with us her journey to becoming a rafting Wild Whitewater Woman and the five steps it takes to become one too. It was a hot summer afternoon that I accomplished my near-obsessive mission of becoming a professional raft guide at the US National White Water Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, NC. My final

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Guide workshops on the Soca
Guide / Safety

Guide workshops on the Soca, Slovenia

With the IRF GTE starting to come to life again after all the various Covid-19 related issues, we ran guide workshops on the Soca, Slovenia. And workshops have been happening in Canada, Chile, Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia, UK and USA during September and October 2020. Having spent a few months guiding in Iceland I noticed that

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GTE First Aid requirements
Guide / Safety

IRF’s GTE First Aid requirements updated

The IRF looks for ways to improve the standards of rafting around the world. This includes GTE first aid requirements. The international recognition that the IRF’s Guide Training System receives is proof of this.  IRF certified Guides need to renew every three years to prove they are still actively guiding to the minimum requirements and

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Rafting dictionary - Bio Bio river
Guide / Safety

Rafting dictionary – know your boof from your bootie

Communication is key to ensure a rafting trip is safe, fun and memorable for all the right reasons. We’ve pulled together this short Rafting Dictionary with some of the more common terms you’ll hear on a rafting trip. This article is not written to replace a Safety Talk or indeed raft guide training but can

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Guide / Safety

Can cold water rivers have higher risks when you flip?

Most of us have experienced the shock to our system as we suddenly plunge into cold water. Take it a step further, imagine you’re on a Class 4 or 5 river and flip. Now you have two urgent problems. First is the raging white water. Second is dealing with the cold shock. What happens to

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