Guiding

GUIDE TRAINING & EDUCATION
The only globally recognised raft guide certification

The only globally recognised raft guiding certification

The IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) Award was created to provide commercial operators, industry organisations, national rafting federations, government regulators and other interested parties worldwide with a common standard for whitewater guiding professionals. To date, the IRF GTE system is the only globally recognised raft guiding certification. 

The IRF is recognised by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the two largest tourism bodies in the world, as the world body responsible for establishing and administering commercial raft guiding standards.

The GTE system is managed by the IRF through the Guide Training & Education (GTE) Committee. The system was first published in 2001 and has been revised several times since then. Significant changes were introduced in 2016/17. Version 6.0 was launched in July 2021 which includes improvements overall to the award system and supporting documents and introduced teh new Whitewater Guide Award.

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Welcome to the family

The amount of GTE workshops is making a significant come back post covid which is comforting news. I was shocked to receive a call asking to assist on a GTE workshop in Norway in early November. Instantly I said yes & then I found my self mentally visualizing where I had packed my cold weather

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We have some new army of Rafting Guides!

The training and certification for white waters guides, organized by the Kanjon Rafting Club and with the financial support of UNDP, was successfully completed. Nine participants out of a total 29 received licenses, which will enable them to perform the work of rafting guides according to the rules of the IRF. They remind that the

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