Guide workshops, safety articles, guiding related articles

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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…
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Additional information for a safe re-entry into rafting

We had many people from all around the world sending us their appreciation of our Guidelines for a safe re-entry into rafting. For some it has helped them get their operations back on the water and for others it has helped them present guidelines…
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Guidelines for a safe re-entry into rafting

As parts of the world start easing COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and other restrictions the big question in rafting operators' minds is - how to start getting back onto the river and running trips safely? Properly managed outdoor activities are…
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A Boater’s Guide to Carabiners

Carabiners are not only an essential rescue tool on the water, but one of a boater’s most versatile pieces of equipment. From unwrapping boats to attaching equipment to hanging a hammock boaters keep several of these at had at all times. In…

Advice on IRF guide training workshops as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

Over the past week several countries have started lifting COVID-19 stay at home orders and other restrictions in a phased way even though the pandemic is far from being over. Re-openings are taking place due to various reasons, while health…

IRF GTE Instructor update in Costa Rica this September

The IRF GTE will be holding an Instructor update 30th September - 2nd October 2020 for all existing IRF instructors who are able to travel to attend the update on the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica. The aim of the update is for IRF instructors…
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Rafting Magazines Gear Shed – Arch Rival Drysuit

Shell Fabric: 3-layer waterproof/breathable shell with 100% nylon taslan face fabric treated with C6 DWR (durable water repellent) finish Fabric Weight: 181g/m² Waterproofness (mm h₂o): 30,000 Breathability (g/m²/24h): 4000 …

Reviewed, refreshed and renewed – IRF GTE Instructor resources

Reviewed, refreshed and renewed - IRF Instructor documentation and resources (in English and now also in Spanish) There is now a wealth of resources that the IRF provides to our certified Instructors and Assessors which are all aimed at assisting…
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4 Types of Guides You Will Meet Rafting

OK so you booked a whitewater rafting trip with your friends on an awesome river. You’re super stoked to be going on an amazing whitewater adventure. You show up at the outfitter's camp, they give you a safety orientation, and introduce…
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Knot your business

It's rare that I write a personal article but lockdown has given me plenty of time so as I while away the hours and days, I've found myself reviewing the last few months and in particular being assessed for the New Zealand raft guide qualification.…