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Should We Be Classifying Rafts?

Kayaking has taken an interesting trend over the years by classifying boats. Given the crossover of many paddlers between these sports it is surprising that rafting hasn’t picked up the stratification of boat classes into broad categories. As we get more experienced with a topic we require greater degrees of specificity to describe similar yet

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IRF GTE Instructor Conference Agenda launched

Hosted in the French alps, over three action packed days, delegates to the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor Conference will discuss and share ideas on the latest developments in raft guiding and safety. Registration is now open and delegates are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment when tickets sell out. Full agenda can be found

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Balkan White Water Safety Summit

The Rafting Federation of the Republic of Srpska (Rafting savez Republike Srpske) are proud to announce the first ever whitewater safety conference aimed specifically at the Balkan region. The Balkan White Water Safety Summit will be held in the City of Banja Luka from 18 to 22 May 2020, with a workshop being run on the

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IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference – 2020

We invite all IRF certified Instructors to join us at the 2020 IRF GTE Instructor’s Conference! Goal of the Conference: Update Instructors regarding current IRF practice and standard Keep currency of their instructor certificate Receive all the GTE program updates at first hand Participate in the dynamic development of the IRF GTE Discuss and find

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Guide / Safety

Bounding into 2020!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a Festive Season that rejuvenated you for the coming year. Our calendar is already building up fast with the key events to highlight: Guide Training & Education (GTE) Instructors Conference: 27 – 29 April in Durance, France. Details European Rafting Championships (ERC): 8 –

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Guide / Safety

Gift ideas for rafters

Dry bag Such a handy item to have in many places, not just on river trips – like going hiking in the rain, canyoning, boating, beaching. Read about five surprising uses of dry bags from managing your laundry, or as a pillow, managing cables and tech stuff, and staying in shape! Take a look at

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Guide / Safety

Expanding the IRF River Family in Bhutan

By Zachary Collier The rivers of Bhutan were first explored by groups of international kayakers in the late 1990s. They discovered some phenomenal runs for both rafts and kayaks ranging from Class I to V+. In the 2000s these explorers brought groups of kayakers to Bhutan for the first commercial whitewater trips. Bhutan’s first local

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Guide / Safety

The magical 4 letter F word!!

By Mark Hirst At some point in our raft guiding careers we will all experience a flip! This article aims to highlight some of the key points associated with flipping and will hopefully deliver a few tips to aid in the recovery of a flipped raft along with its crew. Let’s focus on the 3

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New GTE Committee appointed

With the IRF’s Guide Training and Education System growing so strongly at the moment a new committee has recently been appointed to help take the system to even higher standards. This new committee is being led by Gaspar Goncz who is the Chair of the GTE Com and has been driving the system since May

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