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River Guide Training
IRF Guide Training & Instructor Workshop
17th to 21st August. Chile, Pucon, Rio Trancura
27th to 31st August. Peru, Cusco, Rio Urubamba
- International qualification
- Cross learning opportunity
- Open exchange is encouraged
- Broad range of experience and ability
- Exceptional feedback from previous courses
The International Rafting Federation Guide Training and Award System is the most widely recognised white water raft guide qualification in the world.
This workshop offers an excellent learning experience for people wanting to learn the basics of raft guiding through to the most experienced guides, trip leaders and instructors.
The workshop is delivered under a dynamic process of IRF Instructors in training facilitating assessments for raft guides and trip leaders. The whole process is supervised by an IRF Assessor with extensive international experience.
For further information email [email protected]
- Raft Guide Assessment
- Trip Leader Assessment
- Instructor Training
- Instructor Assessment
- Helmet (no solid peak, note that helmets should not be worn backwards unless designed to do so)
- Personal throw-line e.g. 15m (a system of carrying a line on the person should be in place, rather than the line being clipped to the boat)
- Flip line with karabiner (flip lines should be around 3m in length depending on your height and not too long)
- 3 extra karabiners for rescue purposes (no snap gate carabiners will be allowed on the river)
- 2 x Prusik loops, VT prusik or Tibloc
- 2 or three rescue pullies (not mandatory)
- Waterproof watch (essential for trip leader assessments)
- Waterproof notepad & pencil
- Buoyancy aid with quick-release harness (with suitable storage for rescue kit and knife)
- Suitable footwear for walking on slippery uneven ground ( no open-toed footwear)
- Wetsuit 5mm / drysuit (legs need to be covered )
- IRF registration fees
If people attending at guide training level and do not have the required equipment please contact ACE before buying the equipment as we can advise what is appropriate for rafting and have some items in stock.
Personal equipment needs to be maintained to an acceptable standard. All safety equipment must be CE approved. Equipment should be stored on the person so as not to constitute an entrapment/snagging hazard, i.e. adopt a clean profile.
The IRF Guide Training, Assessment & Instructor Workshop runs over five days.
This is how a typical workshop runs:
- Day 1. Introduction to the IRF Award and candidate alignment
- Day 2. Instruction, coaching and assessment skills
- Day 3. Raft Guide Assessment
- Day 4. Trip Leader Assessment (scenario management)
- Day 5. Provisional Instructor Assessment & Paperwork
Includes assessment of appropriate IRF Raft Guide and Trip Leader Levels and assessment of relevant Instructor skills depending on the appropriate level of logged experience as per the IRF Award System.
To become an IRF Instructor you need to have attended at least two IRF raft guide training courses and been observed by an IRF Assessor while you run a raft guide training course and complete guide and trip leader assessments (i.e. instructor workshops such as this course).
This is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, hone coaching skills and obtain a valuable qualification.
Attendance over the whole five days and participation are required.
Follow the link for the IRF GTE Award System Version 6
Click here for further IRF information
Feel free to get in touch with [email protected] if you require further information or assistance with equipment.