International Rafting Federation - official world governing body for rafting
#RaftersAreAwesome #StrongerTogether #WeAreIRF
News and views - September 2020
This year has certainly had its ups and downs and some things seem to happen so slowly and others so quickly! Here we are in September and already we're drawing the Euro Cup season slowly down.
Included in this newsletter is a shout out to all youth! You are needed! Get involved in the Virtual Youth Festival - great recognition awaits! We have two of our Judges already involved in training workshops. Read more about what it is about and how you can get your youth involved!
The fifth installment of the White Water of Siberia Forum finished this month in the Altai mountains and rivers of central Russia; different from previous years due to travel restrictions but still as successful as ever in bringing together the love for rafting and nature.
In entertaining news, we heard from HungaroRaft Women's team and the new places and ingenious ways to train this year. We've brought you a short Rafting Dictionary with some of the more common terms you’ll hear on a rafting trip, and some ideas for non-rafting water based activities to try out this year.
We've published improvements on requirements for 1st Aid course for the IRF's GTE certification; and bring you #safetravels advice from the World Travel and Tourism Council.
On the racing side we report on the last event on the Czech's racing calendar - EC Trnavka / Czech Republic Championship.
Stay safe on this rollercoaster of life that is 2020. We're all in this together.
See you on a river soon.
International Rafting Federation #RaftersAreAwesome #RiverFamily #StaySafe
EC Trnávka closes Czech rafting season
30 Sep 2020 01:48 PM
Last weekend saw 24 teams competing at EC Trnávka. Nothing was going to prevent Czech rafters enjoying the last race on the Svaz vodáků České republiky’s (SVoCR) 2020 calendar, not even the damp weather. The event, held on the 26th September, was the Czech Republic Championship as well as an IRF Euro Cup Series event.
The races were held on the Trnávka artificial Slalom Course in Želiv, Czech Rep. This course is rated Class 4 and so is not intended for beginners.
IRF judges at the 1st ever World Virtual Youth Festival
28 Sep 2020 01:06 PM
“Do something today for a better tomorrow” – Oscar Wilde.
The first ever world UTS Virtual Youth Festival encourages youth to showcase their unique talents and creativity, offering them a chance to shine bright during a difficult time. Over 60 organisations and federations have joined to participate and/or contribute towards this unique event which has been patronized by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, Sportaccord and GAISF.
#SafeTravels advice from the World Travel and Tourism Council
22 Sep 2020 06:00 AM
As the world slowly starts opening up again, so is travel and tourism, and so #SafeTravels will be high on everyone’s minds. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have been working together with various groups, from governments, to health experts and industry associations, to provide protocols and action plans for the travel and tourism industry to open up and for the tourists out there to know that #SafeTravels is an option now.
Opening up travel and tourism
The travel and tourism industry supports the livelihoods of millions and contributes to sustainable economic growth around the world.
Top 3 Non-Rafting Activities in 2020 (water based)
20 Sep 2020 06:00 AM
Obviously we think rafting is the most fun you can have on water, but with 2020 being as it is, we asked ourselves “what are the top 3 non-rafting activities we could otherwise be doing in 2020”. White water rafting involves an inflatable boat, a team of people, and (when not racing) a guide. And therein lies the problem of rafting in 2020. Social distancing requirements around the globe have meant it’s difficult (or sometimes impossible) to fit so many people in a raft and remain compliant with local government or health rules.
The IRF looks for ways to improve the standards of rafting around the world. This includes GTE first aid requirements. The international recognition that the IRF’s Guide Training System receives is proof of this. IRF certified Guides need to renew every three years to prove they are still actively guiding to the minimum requirements and that they have an up-to-date First Aid qualification that includes CPR.
In this day and age we usually applaud courses that are run online, as reducing the need for travel is good for the environment.
Friends for life at the 2020 White Water of Siberia Forum
10 Sep 2020 02:19 AM
“Friends for life” is how the group who attended the cultural and sport rafting forum of White Water of Siberia 2020, described the experience. And with that, the fifth year of the forum came to an end. The annual forum takes place in Altay and is organised by Федерация Рафтинга России / Russian Rafting Federation.
Over two weeks, 50 participants from six countries passed together through extreme rapids on the rivers, rescuing team members from the water, conquering mountain passes, singing campfire songs by guitar, steam bathing and swimming in the cold river waters of the Altai mountains.
Rafting dictionary – know your boof from your bootie
07 Sep 2020 06:00 AM
Communication is key to ensure a rafting trip is safe, fun and memorable for all the right reasons. We’ve pulled together this short Rafting Dictionary with some of the more common terms you’ll hear on a rafting trip.
This article is not written to replace a Safety Talk or indeed raft guide training but can be used as a quick reference or even for a first-time rafter wanting to understand the “lingo”. Links contained within are to various other articles and reference sources on our site.
For HungaroRaft Women’s team, racing has not been possible this year. Hungary doesn’t have suitable white water for the team to train on so they had to find new places and ingenious ways to train this year. Today we catch up with Lilla Süveges, captain of the HungaroRaft Women’s Team.
HungaroRaft Women’s team on the Soča –
by Lilla Süveges
This year is a bit different. All competitions have been cancelled and we could not go for training abroad either.
White Water of Siberia Forum 2020 starts on a high
02 Sep 2020 01:24 PM
By Алексей Широков
The White Water of Siberia Forum 2020, has started in the Altay mountains and rivers of central Russia. About 50 rafters from six countries gathered in Altay republic, Russia for great extreme adventures in the Altay mountains and rivers.
This is the fifth year of the forum, which takes place in Altay and is organised by Федерация Рафтинга России / Russian Rafting Federation.
Professional rafters and amateurs came from Belarus, Abkhazia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine and Latvia to exchange their rafting and cultural experience and paddle in the whitewater of Altay rivers.
View this email in your browser You are receiving this email because you signed up to receive our emails or you have registered at one of our events and agreed to receive our emails during the registration process. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here.
International Rafting Federation, Boise, ID 83702, USA, Boise, Idaho, 83702