All aspects of developing rafting as a sport and recreational activity

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Welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF

In an historic announcement, the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation (HCKF) is the most recent national federation to join the IRF. The HCKF identified the IRF as being the only legitimate and globally recognised rafting federation to truly…
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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 …
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IRF granted GAISF Observer status

GAISF Council grants the IRF Observer Status To our IRF Member organisations, rafting clubs, athletes, associates, officials, coaches, and friends: I am delighted to announce the momentous and historic news that the International Rafting…
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Global recognition of the International Rafting Federation

At the International Rafting Federation Congress in Miyoshi City, Japan in 2017, our national rafting federation members voted unanimously that the IRF should continue to pursue its dream of taking rafting to the Olympic Games.  In pursuit…
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Delivering a powerful message: river guides and rafting operators are river guardians

The message from several international speakers during the World White Water Rafting Summit 2019 was loud and clear: river guides and rafting companies should be the guardians of the world’s rivers. Not only does their livelihood depend…
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Reducing risk, improving safety, empowering rivers: three key messages from the IRF Summit

Taking ownership of our environment and rivers while also reducing risk and improving safety were definitely the key messages at the first ever IRF World White Water Rafting Summit. Binding agreements were signed by the International…
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Pioneering the accreditation of recreational rafting operators

As the global governing body for rafting sport and the globally recognised standards setter for raft guiding through the IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) system, the IRF are taking another pioneering step forward in rafting safety…
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IRF and International Rivers in historic agreement to be better stewards to the world’s rivers

At the conclusion of the International Rafting Federation’s inaugural World White Water Rafting Summit, leading global rivers campaign organisation International Rivers and the IRF signed an historic Memorandum Of Understanding to bring together…
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4 steps to success – from novice to elite rafting

Rafting, whether for fun as part of a new adventure or for competition purposes, is something that everyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush can enjoy. To be the best, you need determination, perseverance and to remember these four tips to…
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IRF to attend inaugural meeting of UN Sports for Climate Action initiative

Later this week, representatives from the IRF will attend the first working meeting of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action signatories. This initiative brings together the world's leading sports governing bodies under a global initiative…