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Newsletter - March 2018
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Pantheon foundation invites you to unofficial European Kids Rafting Championship
Posted: 26 Mar 2018 09:32 PM

Our idea is to support and enlighten rafting among teenagers in the whole of Europe. Modern-day life styles are suppressing enthusiasm for active sports, so we gave ourselves a commitment to motivate and attract more kids and teenagers to active sports.

Rafting is a unique collective sport, which is connecting physical movement with a positive approach to nature. With this project we intend to support rafters who already have their families involved and want to involve their relatives into this beautiful sport. We would be grateful if you will come to support our unique project. We are open to new ideas and suggestions to make this project better.

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Queensland Government boosts World Rafting Championships
Posted: 19 Mar 2018 12:02 AM
Tully gears up to host world-class event in 2019

The Queensland Government has thrown its support behind the 2019 International Rafting Federation’s World Rafting Championships on the Tully River.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will be working in partnership with the Australian Rafting Federation on the world-class event which is forecast to bring hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators to tropical Far North Queensland in May next year.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones today announced the Queensland Government, via TEQ, would provide funding and support for the IRF World Rafting Championships.

“This event is a first for Australia and we are delighted to be hosting it right here in Tropical North Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“Both locals and visitors will enjoy all the action . . . → continue reading . . . Queensland Government boosts World Rafting Championships

From Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean – “Regata Ocean to Ocean” Panama Canal
Posted: 16 Mar 2018 03:07 AM

Our great love for paddling motivates us to try other sports where we have a paddle in our hands, so you will see our competitors in between competitions joining other paddling sports and adventures. Our dear Judges too, who are not just passive observers of your paddling, but are very active paddlers, now more than ever.

Guided by that passion for paddling Judge Johana Arguello found herself in a very unusual competition and adventure. Rather than telling you what you already know… here’s an article about the Panama Canal. But enough about that… let’s hear about about this 50 mile race from Johana.

“The Organizer of the season is called CLUB DE REMOS DE BALBOA . . . → continue reading . . . From Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean – “Regata Ocean to Ocean” Panama Canal

Updated Race Rules now available
Posted: 15 Mar 2018 11:32 PM

Each year the Sport & Competition Committee works through a number of proposals put forward to improve the race rules, and these are usually finalised by March. Here are the key changes made this year, and then links to the new rules:

New format for H2H – this is a major change. Improved rules for better understanding surrounding National Selections for A and B level events. Various smaller changes to fit in with how things are actually done. Small improvements for more clarity.

New Race Rules from March 2018

Race Rules with track changes showing the changes made


Outdoor and Whitewater Festival
Posted: 12 Mar 2018 11:16 PM

Guide training assessments and courses coming up – plenty to choose from!
Posted: 12 Mar 2018 04:47 AM

There are so many IRF Guide Training & Education courses and/or assessments spread around the world that you should be able to find one near you or find one that sounds worthwhile travelling to!

From Wales to Bolivia, Chile to Bosnia, Canada to Bulgaria, Scotland to Romania, Morocco to Austria, Slovenia to Nepal and France.


21 – 24 Mar: IRF Guide & Trip Leaders, Class 2 and 3. Villa Tunaru, Bolivia. Instructor: Fabian Bonnano. Details. 21 – 23 March: Workshop and Assessment Trip Leader class 3 and Rafting Guide Class 3.Río Petrohue – Ensenada – Chile. Organizers: Chile Ríos. Language: Spanish. Instructor: Paulo . . . → continue reading . . . Guide training assessments and courses coming up – plenty to choose from!


Judges for ERC 2018
Posted: 12 Mar 2018 04:37 AM

If you are an IRF Judge and are keen to work as a Judge at the 2018 Euro Rafting Champs in Slovakia from the 2 to 7 July, in Bratislava – then email IRF Admin to put your name down. The Judges Com will then assess the list of names and select from it who will be Official Judges and who will be Volunteer Judges.

All Judges working at the event will take part in the Judges Workshop (usually half a day) at the start of the event which is designed to get everyone up to date with new rules and to run over the key elements of what the job of judging entails and what is expected of IRF Judges.

A course for new Judges will be run at the start of . . . → continue reading . . . Judges for ERC 2018

Two month intensive guide course in Nepal
Posted: 07 Mar 2018 10:37 PM

During the fall season of 2018 Lapin Koskikoulu and Paddle Nepal have teamed up to run their first Himalayan River Guide Training Academy. The course will run over 2 months and is open to anybody wishing to travel & explore the rivers of Nepal and learn to become a professional river guide at the same time. Existing river guides & kayakers are also welcome to join us.

Start date: 24 September 2018 End date: 23 November 2018 Venue: Nepal Instructors: Mark Hirst & Nim Bahadur Magar Host Company: Paddle Nepal

The course will be run in the following format.

Section 1: Core training. 24 September – 6 October 2018 (13 days)

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