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GTE FAQs
Guide / Safety

GTE FAQs? Learn the IRF GTE system in a nutshell

IRF GTE FAQs What is the IRF and the Guide Training & Education (GTE) system? The International Rafting Federation (IRF) is the globally recognised legitimate body that represents the sport of rafting and river conservation. It also organises the world rafting championships each year. The Guide Training & Education (GTE) program operates from within the

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Raft guide workshops 2021
Guide / Safety

Raft guide workshops across the globe

The IRF’s calendar for raft guide workshops in 2021 is building up pleasingly fast now, and there are some great locations on offer for potential raft guides, trip leaders and instructors to choose from. See the full, and ever growing list, here, or read a quick summary below to peak your interest. Despite lockdowns in

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World Rafting Championships 2021
Racing

World Rafting Championships 2021 in an unpredictable year

As we move through February the IRF finds itself answering regular queries about our World Rafting Championships 2021 in China – is it happening or not? This is understandable during this time of continual change of plans and the massive fluctuation of the effect of the pandemic on world sporting events. We would like to

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Para Rafting
Para Rafting

Never stop pushing limits: Jezza Williams’ story of determination

Imagine suddenly finding yourself no longer able to go rafting. One day you’re a great adventurer, enjoying the wilds of nature, guiding in stunning locations around the world. And the next, you’re a tetraplegic. That freedom has been whipped away from you in an instant. How would you cope with this? This is what happened

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GTE conference 2021
Guide / Safety

GTE Conference 2021 plans

Many events over the past year have had to rethink how they operate. The IRF GTE Conference 2021 is no different. Large numbers of events have not been able to operate face to face and many have opted for online formats. After careful consideration of travel restrictions, pandemic effects, the health and wellbeing of all

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Sustainable adventures in Scotland
Sustainability

Sustainable adventures in Scotland

It’s been a tough period for most rafting operators. With tight budgets, why would anyone consider limiting their operating model to be more sustainable? We asked Chris Wain (owner operator of Unique Adventure Tours Scotland) how he has made sustainable adventures in Scotland possible. Unique Adventure Tours Scotland is a fledgeling business based in Highland

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Adversity to Hope Rios Tropicales
Sustainability

From adversity to hope: Rios Tropicales passes the baton

A pillar of rafting operators the world over, Rios Tropicales has called time and is passing the baton. From adversity to hope is the message from Rafael Gallo, CEO of Rios Tropicales and IRF Honorary President. By Rafael Gallo. For 35 years, Rios Tropicales has led Costa Rica adventure travel and ecotourism. We pioneered whitewater

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Winter Rafting Photo
IRF

Share your winter rafting photo to win

It’s time to get your camera out for our Winter Rafting Photo Competition! It’s been cold (in the northern hemisphere). It’s been bleak. It’s definitely not a winter like any other. So we’ve partnered with Mustang Survival to bring you our Winter Rafting Photo Competition. The winner of our competition will be rafting away with

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Renew your GTE certification
Guide / Safety

Renew your GTE certification quick and simple

Travel restrictions, local lockdowns, and business closures have made it difficult to renew your GTE certification this last year. We understand how frustrating this can be so we’re trying to make the renewal process quicker and easier for you. How to renew your GTE certification: Provide evidence of at least 10 trips in the last

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