Wanting to get or upgrade your IRF Guiding certification, or become an IRF GTE Instructor?
There are some great locations to choose from ranging from Bosnia, to Mexico, Spain, Slovenia, Argentina, the Zambezi River, Ecuador, Futaleufu River, Scotland, Cardiff and Oregon, USA!
The playground of the mighty Zambezi is an incredible location to be training up to become a raft guide. And the stunning beauty of the Futaleufu is another bucket list item for many. Throw in other well known rivers such as the Tara, Mendoza, Hood, Gallego, and more and you are spoilt for choices. 🙂
Here is the summary – explore and find the right place for you!
- 24 – 28 Sept: Guide and Trip Leader (TL) workshop and assessment on the Tara River, Bosnia – Details.
- 24 Sept – 20 Oct: IRF GTE course and assessment. Río Trancura, Pucón – Chile. Instructor: Paulo Cartes Ortiz. Organized by: Chile Ríos – Professional training and training. www.chilerios.cl. Languages:Spanish
- 25 – 30 Sept: IRF + Rescue3 on the Gallego River in Spain – Details.
- 27 – 30 Sept: IRF GTE Workshop & Rescue3 Europe WRT on the Tara River, Bosnia – Details.
- 31 Sept – 7 Oct: IRF GTE certificate + Rescue 3 Europe WRT + Basic Life Support in Slovenia – Details.
- 1-4 Oct: Guide and TL, Alto Ebro River, Spain – more info.
- 4 – 7 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop; Rio Mendoza, Argentina – more info
- 6 – 13 Oct: IRF GTE Workshop on the Zambezi River – contacts Sebastian Larcher.
- 18 Oct: IRF Safety Kayak Assessment; Tampaon, México – more info
- 23 – 24 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; Pescados, México – more info
- 24 – 28 Oct: Guide, TL, Safety Kayaker; Santo Domingo, Ecuador – Details.
- 27 Oct – 1 Nov: IRF / SRA / WRT GTE Workshop. Grandtully, Scotland – more info
- 3 – 6 Nov: Guide, TL & Instructor update; Cardiff, UK – more info Mark Bowler
- 10 – 15 Nov: Assessment for Instructor Guide class IV and Instructor Safety kayak class IV, Guide, Safety kayak, Safety Raft and Trip Leader class IV. Cara del indio, Futaleufú Patagonia, Chile Instructor: Daniel Gonzalez and Gaspar Goncz. Details in English and in Spanish.
- 25 – 31 March: IRF Guide, Safety kayaker, TL & Instructor workshop. Venue: Northwest Rafting Company, Hood River,Oregon, USA. Instructor: Mark Hirst. Details
Whitewater raft guide, kayaker and writer passionate about exploring new rivers and cultures, Juniper Rose has paddled in 15 states across the US and 9 countries around the globe. She loves sharing rivers with others whether its clients on a guided trip or good friends out for a kayaking run. When she was 12 years old Juniper convinced my dad to let her come along on a source to sea trip that started at the headwaters of the river where she was raised and ended in the ocean weeks later. Ever since that trip she’s been hooked on whitewater. By age 16 she was guiding commercially. Guiding then became a summer job during college and a means for traveling the world thereafter.
Continue reading We are river family – meet Juniper Rose
Globally recognised and respected, the IRF’s Guide Training & Education system has seen massive growth in uptake over the last two years. In 2017 the number of courses held doubled from the previous year, and in 2018 we have already surpassed the 2017 number!
The Guide Training & Education (GTE) system is built on the foundation of ensuring consistent approaches, repeatable skills, feedback and improvement. Course feedback indicates that the recent growth in uptake is due to the improvement of standards throughout the system. Instructors are now required to attend a workshop run by an Assessor at least once every two years.
The other reason for the increased popularity is that a GTE Instructors Conference is held every year in different regions around the globe. By moving to different regions the conference gives Instructors in that region the chance to update their certification in accordance with current IRF standards, to discuss and find solutions for current challenges of the IRF GTE system, to share industry best practice and knowledge, and to socialise and network with leading providers of rafting education.
These steps have taken the IRF GTE system to a new level where it is now recognised as the global Gold Standard for guide education and training. Interest in the system is coming in from all corners across six continents and with more governments approving it as the official system required by all guides.
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The annual IRF Instructors Conference is being held in Argentina this year – a great opportunity for the Instructors in this region to update their certificate according to IRF requirements.
Location: Argentina, River Alumine, Villa Pehuenia
Date: 1-2-3 November 2018
Host and Organizer: ARAFT, Mario Mateo: email@example.com
IRF Representatives: Joe Willie Jones – IRF President; Gaspar Goncz – IRF Vice President, Head of GTE
Total Cost: 270USD (120USD Organization + 150 USD Accommodation/meal)
Deposit: 50USD by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline: 10th of October 2018 Continue reading IRF Instructors Conference – Update
IRF Raft Guide Assessor, global traveller, raft guide, extreme kayaker and novice skier, we meet Mark Hirst. Mark started kayaking around 1988 when he was in primary school and continued until a trip to Nepal in 1998. He was asked to help a raft guide R2 (two-person raft) a raft down the Great Wall rapid on the Bhote Koski river. At that point Mark had a light bulb moment and figured becoming a raft guide was a way to keep him on the river and allow him to keep up his love of kayaking. That was 20 years ago… so what’s he been up to since then?
Continue reading We are river family – meet Mark Hirst
Former FARC-EP Combatants in Colombia Trade Guns for Paddles
By Shannon Farley
Former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP in Spanish) might seem unlikely whitewater rafting guides.
Rafael Gallo helping train ex-FARC-EP combatants in river rafting in Colombia.
However, a project supported by the United Nations at the Miravalle Territorial Area for Training and Reincorporation (TATR) in the Municipality of San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá Department, is encouraging ex-guerilla fighters to trade their guns for rafting paddles in a new sustainable ecotourism endeavor.
Rafael Gallo, honorary president of the International Rafting Federation (IRF), traveled to the Miravalle TATR at the beginning of August with a delegation of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia to assess the viability of developing a commercial rafting operation on the Pato River.
“Going rafting in the Pato River is very symbolic because you are part of the peace process in Colombia,” said Gallo, CEO of the Costa Rica adventure tour operator, Rios Tropicales. “Thousands of armed fighters have put down their Continue reading River of Reconciliation in Colombia
Fliptastic rafting adventures in high water, “flushing” moments on commercial trips and learning from what life throws at you – this week we meet Alejandro (Alex) Cuéllar. Alex remembers when his brother in law said to him back in 1994 in México… “Alex, come with me next weekend to the mountains, I’ll show you what I’m doing for work, I think you’ll love it!”. And indeed, it became his passion since then. It all started by training in a inflatable single ducky, alone, flipping, wrapping, swimming and once he got to know the river up right and upside down, he jumped to the raft and started learning the guide strokes thanks to his Sensei Giovanni Lampedeccia, owner of Pápero Aventuras named in that time, Selva Azul these days.
Continue reading We are river family – meet Alejandro Cuéllar
We introduced the R3 Rescue for River Runners‘ video series in 2013 – but they are still really relevant today in the whitewater world of safety.
This is a series of videos showing river rescue techniques, combinations of skills, tips and tricks to make you a better river rescuer and safer paddler. Its aimed at river runners and people who want to run bigger and harder rivers as well as the necessary skills for rescue in event that something goes wrong.
This episode is called Team Strategy – smart teamwork and preparedness makes everyone safer on the river.
Getting Started is Episode 1 in the series and covers equipment – making sure you have the right equipment before you even start. Along the way through this series you will learn how to use all this equipment and maybe learn some neat tricks and tips as well as best practise.
To see the whole series – go to R3 Rescue for River Runners.
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This is a great opportunity to do an intensive workshop where you can obtain certifications from 3 different organisations that are recognised worldwide –
WRT – Pro: Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional, Rescue 3 Europe
IRF GT&E: Guide Training & Education, International Rafting Federation
BLS: Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
Dates: the 31 September to the 7 October 2018, and is being run by the Slovenian Canyoning Federation.
Minimum numbers: The WRT-Pro and the IRF GT&E minimum number of participants is 4 people and for the (BLS) is minimum 8 people.
Miha Mihelič – Rescue 3 Instructor: e-mail: email@example.com. Phone: +38640331195
Fabian Bonanno – IRF Instructor: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: +38670674008
Basing himself in the southern nations of the African continent, Andrew Kellett is no stranger to action and adventure on the amazing rivers of the world. Andrew’s enthusiasm for rafting, especially with regard to training, stems from the ultimate goal of being safe on the water before any other outcome. When he first started rafting, there was very little regulation and control on the river. Since then the market has changed and the industry has had to become more professional.
Continue reading We are river family – meet Andrew Kellett