Tour Operators whose guides are ALL IRF certified:
- White Water Training Centre – world wide
- Adventure Net – Bulgaria
- Tara-Raft – BiH
- Lapin Koskikoulu – Finland
- Viking Rafting – Iceland
- International WhiteWaterSchool – Netherlands and France
- Outdoor Events – Romania
- Ace Adventure – Scotland
- Alternatif Outdoor Specialists – Turkey
- Llangollen – UK
- Cardiff International White Water – UK
- Surtrek Tour Operators – South America
- Potrerillos Explorer – Argentina
- Rios Tropicales – Costa Rica
- Exploradores Outdoors – Costa Rica
- Barefoot Expeditions – Ecuador
- Rios Ecuador – Ecuador
- Huaxteca.com – Mexico
- Torrent Duck – Ecuador
- Berber Rafting Adventures – Morocco
We established the Whitewater Training Center in 2008 with the aim to spread high safety standards in the world of swift water in cooperation with the International Rafting Federation’s Guide Training and Education Committee and Rescue 3 International.
We are running Guide Training Programs, River Rescue (SRT, WRT) Courses and workshops all around the World following the high standards of the International Rafting Federation -IRF- and Rescue 3 International. (as of June 2012)
Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica – on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, in the mountainous central rainforest, and in the western regions. We offer adventure activities that take advantage of Costa Rica’s unique variety of environments: whitewater rafting on eight rivers, multisport activities that feature kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and cycling, family adventures, cultural encounters, nature and wildlife tours, and “volun-tourism”.
Our mission, to share the rivers, natural resources and culture of Costa Rica while sharing conservation values, has not changed since we began in 1985. Rios Tropicales was established by native Central Americans, the Salvadorian Rafael Gallo and Costa Rican Fernando Esquivel, whose deep connection with the region and culture are apparent in every aspect of the company.
Since 2001 Exploradores Outdoors have been running high quality rafting adventures with departures from San Jose, the Arenal Volcano, and the Southern Caribbean Coast to our private Exploration Center in Siquirres, the gateway to the Pacuare and Reventazón rivers where the best rapids in are found. All one day and overnight trips offer you the option to swap destinations with no extra charge.
We are a family business owned and operated by Costa Ricans with 42 staff members committed to your safety and satisfaction; we have our very own fleet of 8 vehicles, 21 rafts, 3 offices, a private base and our Pacuare Tent Camp. Our mission is to provide you with the best possible value for both your time and your money; our vision is to be the best rafting company in Costa Rica to work with. (as of June 2012)
International WhiteWaterSchool is a professional training school officially recognized by the International Rafting Federation (IRF). Where ever in the world you would like to organize something concerning Rafting we can support and guide you according to your wishes. Either it is training / workshops / certification / or support during an event, WhiteWaterSchool has its experts ready for you. During the training we use our recognized Rafting Reader which is in the English language. This Reader is convenient up to Raft Guide III. Our Instructors and Assessor may assess and certificate at the following disciplines: • Rafting • Inline Craft • Safety Craft
Support Possibilities• Trainee Raft Guide training • Raft Guide training II / III / IV-V • Raft Guide training Artificial Tracks • Raft Trip leader training II / III / IV-V • Raft Instructor training III / IV-V • Safety Craft training • Inline Craft training • Medic First Aid training and certification • Raft & Kayak scenario training on rivers class II / III / IV – V • Electronically time measuring during Races • Training Safety Team and Support during Races. (as of June 2012)
Outdoor Events runs commercial rafting & kayaking tours in Romania since 2005 and for the past four years has settled on Buzau river. We provide rafting and kayaking trips, along with a 6 years old ski school and many adventure based trips including caving, mountain biking, rock climbing and ski touring.
ACE Adventure is a Scottish based adventure activity provider offering a wide range of outdoor activities near Inverness, Aviemore, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from our two operational bases on the Rivers Tay and Findhorn. ACE is the industry leading White Water Rafting company in the UK with fully trained and qualified IRF guide staff. Regular guide training courses and assessments are available. ACE take corporate responsibility seriously by providing support and donations to local river conservation registered charities and educating clients on the importance and value of free flowing rivers. Our 10 day wilderness rafting expeditions on the Franklin River in Tasmania are the pinnacle of white water rafting journeys.
ACE symbolises ADVENTURE, CONDITION and ESSENCE . We are committed to the task of enhancing people lives with long-term influence through our core values of Fun, Passion, Trust and Thoughtful.
Alternatif Outdoor Specialists is an adventure activity operator based in South West Turkey. Pioneers in developing outdoor in our country, we have been running rafting trips, as well as other outdoor activities including Sea Kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and camping since 1991. Our director is a certified IRF Class 4/5 Instructor and runs regular training workshops. Facebook page – Alternatif-Outdoor-Turkey
Huaxteca.com are a tour operator in Mexico with over 14 years of experience! We are located in the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosi state and offer white water rafting, rappelling, excursions to waterfalls of our region, & tours to visit the main attractions of the municipalities of Tamasopo, Xilitla, Aquismon, El Naranjo & Ciudad Valles. In 2010 we were awarded the prize “Best ecotourism company award” by the Federal Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Promotion Council of Mexico.At Huaxteca.com we train river guides, give first aid courses, organize rescue 3 srt courses, provide Rappelling & Rescue Courses, provide hiking courses and more.
Barefoot Expeditions provides authentic travel tours in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The perfect combination of adventures, culture, nature and comfort.
Most of the rivers, where we practice, remain clean and clear, and with your support we can keeo conserving this incredible resource. We have several exciting trips in different destinations in the East and West of the Andes!
Rios Ecuador is an adventure tour operator specializing in whitewater rafting, kayaking, jungle and hiking adventures. Our philosophy is that we can offer our guests the most rewarding experience possible by sticking to what we know and do best. And we’re so passionate about what we do that we’re out there doing what we love on our days off too. That passion drives a commitment to consistently run the most enjoyable, safest, and highest quality adventure trips available in Ecuador.
Our energetic guide team comprises English-speaking Ecuadorian and international guides who make every effort to ensure you have so much fun you’ll want to come back for more. They are proud river professionals who have been thoroughly trained in the technical aspects of river running, as well customer care, first aid, CPR and river rescue.
Surtrek Tour Operator organizes adventures to “off-the-beaten-track” destinations of South America – yet without compromising on your comfort or style.
With a passionate team of travel experts, we can organize every aspect of your dream rafting or kayaking vacation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and/or Bolivia.
Paddle Nepal was created in 2006 by Nim Magar – 12 time Nepali National Kayak Champion and captain of Nepal’s first and still undefeated National Rafting Team. Born and raised on the banks of the Trisuli River, “Min” and his brothers Santosh & Som are well known and respected in the international paddling community. All three brothers are proud members of the Nepali National White Water Teams and have represented Nepal internationally in the Kayaking World Championships and Asian Games. Together, they share 40 years experience guiding rivers in Nepal and around the world.
Now, one of Nepal’s leading white water adventure company, we are passionate about river running and proud to share our country with you. Our genuine enthusiasm & invaluable local knowledge combined with years of international experience, allows us to operate extraordinary adventures which are fun & safe. We have rivers and routes for both seasoned paddlers and beginners who have never been in white water before. Whether you are looking for a scenic float down the river or an adrenaline charged white water rafting, kayaking or canyoning adventure – we are your best choice in Nepal!
Based 170km inside the Arctic circle, Lapin Koskikoulu is the world’s northernmost IRF & Rescue 3 Europe training provider. Lapin Koskikoulu has been set up primarily to serve the training needs of raft guides & safety crafters based in the Nordic region but we also love to travel. Besides Finland we have already delivered workshops in Nepal, India, Iceland & Morocco.
Our main aim is to provide down to earth training that has been tried and tested on rivers all over the world. Lapin Koskikoulu is able to offer IRF guide training programs, guide and trip leader workshops to class 4/5 along with the IRF safety craft scheme. We are also a training provider for Rescue 3 Europe offering the Whitewater rescue technician courses (WRT).
Llangollen Outdoors is a UK based white water activity provider running guided rafting trips on a variety of rivers. We offer various half day and full day trips from scenic floats to adrenaline fuelled days out.
Llangollen Outdoors also has a specialist training arm, known as River Guide Academy, which is a dedicated Rescue 3 Europe and IRF training provider offering extensive programmes in Wilderness First Aid, Whitewater Rescue, Raft Guide Training.
Berber Rafting Adventures: We would like you to share a once-in-a-lifetime river adventure with Morocco’s whitewater specialists. Discover the culture of Morocco in a new way of travelling. We are 100% owned and operated by the same guides that take you down the river. Our commitment is to provide to all of our guests the most fun and professional service in the industry. We have years of experience in : Japan, France, Australia, Canada B.C., India, Canada Quebec, Scotland, Morocco, Nepal, Iceland and Norway. We invite you to join our friendly guides who speak: Dutch, French, English, German and Japanese for the ultimate river adventure and the perfect compliment to your trip to Morocco.
Its all about having fun but safety comes first !
Potrerillos Explorer is a boutique outdoor company in Argentina specializing in white water rafting, trip planners. We focus on offering the best, always innovative, sharing, learning and of course enjoying with our clients. Graduated and always getting better, trained and certified in what we do. Details are what make the difference, that’s why we take special care in every single operation, being safety a priority for our clients. Quality over quantity, each one of our single services is fully personalized for each activity.
PE brings to their clients, the most extensive and professional equipment. First class required for the type of activity we do. All sizes for anyone to come and enjoy.
The Adventure Net company was founded in 2001 in Bulgaria to promote active recreation and extreme sports, sustainable development and the preservation of nature.
The activities we offer are rafting, kayaking, children’s summer and winter adventure camps, sea adventures, biking and hiking, canyoning, family adventures, mixed programs, team building programs or just a holiday in the pure nature of Bulgaria.
Our team of professionals will take care of your unforgettable, quality, safe and fun time on the river and all other programs and sports activities that can make you happy. The passion, devotion and experience has made us the most desired company in Bulgaria when you look for adrenaline and adventure.
Welcome to Bulgaria!!!
Sports and Recreation Rafting Center “Tara-Raft” is the first officially registered rafting club on a commercial basis in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “TARA-RAFT” was founded and registered in 2001. Through all this years of professional work we are trying constantly to increase the quality of service, expand capacity and set new standards.
Created by two-time world champion free style Kayaker, Eric Southwick, the 8Adventures Team brings much more than its adventure competition success –With locals that have spent their whole life on the river and in the area. Our mission is to share breathtaking nature experiences, connecting people to regions, communities and cultures, through fun, exciting and safe activities for all ages.
Torrent Duck is a great rafting and kayaking operator in Ecuador with a main sense of nature conservation. The motivation is to be able to show tourists from around the world the best rivers in Ecuador, creating an awareness of the care of the environment. The Torrent Duck team has first class equipment and all its guides know the rivers of the country and have IRF certifications. Definitely Torrent Duck is the Ecuadorian rafting company that meets international safety standards and ensures its customers to have fun experiencing the beauty and variety of rivers that exist in the country.
Located in the heart of the International Sports Village in Cardiff, CIWW is home to the UK’s very first on-demand Olympic standard White Water Rafting and Indoor Wave facility.
If you’re looking to begin or progress your skills and experience we are an Accredited Professional Training Provider of Rescue 3, British Canoeing, REC First Aid and IRF training and assessment courses.
Some of the other tasks the Recreational Rafting & Conservation Committee are working on are:
Developing an international code of conduct that can be used by all river users. If you have your own Code of Conduct we would enjoy seeing it and adding relevent issues to the one we are developing. Email it to us
Developing a Tour Rafting Standards Assessment / Scheme: this would be a scheme to assess companies on the quality of the trip they provide, extending from the first contact (booking) to the final contact.
Setting up guide lines for the public to use in assessing which river and company to go with.
Setting up guide lines for tour companies to use (and possibly governments to use as a base) when assessing how, when, who, etc they will run river trips. This would be things like when helmets should be used, definitions of gradings of rivers, who should be running what types of rivers (eg non swimmers – not recommended for class 4), etc, etc. These would only be recommendations, to protect ourselves from lawsuits.
Set up a list of links to recommended commercial operators whose guides are IRF certified, and the company is a member of its national federation, etc
Work with river users to protect their rivers and keep them clean, accesible and free flowing.
If you are keen to help out with any of the above please contact us.