If you’re looking for the best year-round white water rafting in the UK, you’ve come to the right place. Join us on the River Findhorn for up to Grade 5 rapids and amazing scenery.
River Guide Training
- IRF - Raft Guide Assessment (1 Day) 16+ years old
- IRF - Trip Leader Assessment (2 Days) 16+ years old
- IRF - Instructor Training Workshop (6 Days) 16+ years old
- IRF - Basic Raft Guide Training (6 Days) 16+ years old
IRF Guide Training & Instructor Workshop
- 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 while providing basic guide training for trainee guides. The whole process is supervised by an IRF Assessor.
- Basic Guide Training Course
- White Water Rescue Training
- 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)
- 3 extra karabiners for rescue purposes and clipping large throw bag to raft (no snap gate carabiners will be allowed on the river)
- 2 x Prusik loops, VT prusik or Tibloc
- 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
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 six days. Anyone attending any component of the workshop is welcome to join for the whole duration.
This raft guide training course is unique in so much as it offers a genuine opportunity for those being assessed at the various levels to have inexperienced paddlers making the assessments significantly more realistic that when being done on an assessment day where everyone is at the same or similar level of ability.
For those learning to become a raft guide from scratch or with little experience not only are the basics covered and explained but they are delivered from a wide range of skill and ability. Most basic guide training courses offer only basic training. This dynamic workshop provides an opportunity for trainee guides to learn from multiple examples of higher standard professional river guides during their assessment. It means you get to learn on lower-grade water and participate in higher grades of difficulty making for a more exciting and rewarding guide training course.
This is how a typical workshop runs:
- Day 1. Introduction to white water rafting, white water rescue
- Day 2. White water rescue continued
- Day 3. Core raft guide skills
- Day 4. Raft Guide Assessment
- Day 5. Trip Leader Assessment (emergency scenario management)
- Day 6. Tie up loose ends and 1 to 1 interview and feedback to and from Instructors and the IRF Assessor
Based from the ACE Adventure Auchnagairn activity centre the River Findhorn can offer everything required from Grade 2 to Grade 5 water levels. In the event water levels are low during the course, assessment days may occur at other dam release rivers such as the Morriston or Garry.
Accommodation and facilities are on-site with the River Findhorn a few minutes from the base. The River Findhorn is the best year-round white water rafting river in the UK.
Basic Guide Training Course – Days 1 to 6
£300.00 – 6 spaces available per workshop
Ideal beginner course for those that want to get into the rafting game. Learn white water rescue all the core raft guide skills. See and be part of the assessment process at all levels of the IRF GT&E Award System.
IRF Raft Guide Assessments – Day 4 (welcome to join the entire workshop)
£90.00 – 4 spaces available per workshop
Assessment of all IRF Raft Guide Levels depending on the appropriate level of logged experience. Other river guide qualifications are recognised and can be transferred to IRF. For information on the IRF GTE Award System copy and paste into a browser http://www.internationalrafting.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/IRFGTEAwardSystemv2.2.pdf
IRF Trip Leader Assessments – Days 4 & 5 (welcome to join the entire workshop)
£120.00 – 3 spaces available per workshop
Assessment of all IRF Raft Guide Levels on the day 4 then Assessment of all IRF Raft Trip Leader Levels on day 5. Pending the appropriate level of logged experience. Other river guide and trip leader qualifications are recognised and can be transferred to IRF. For information on the IRF GTE Award System copy and paste into a browser http://www.internationalrafting.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/IRFGTEAwardSystemv2.2.pdf
IRF Instructor Training or Assessment – Days 1 to 6
£450.00 – 2 spaces available per workshop
This workshop offers the opportunity to participate in running the training programme being observed in teaching the Basic Raft Guide and White Water Rescue components of the course. Includes Assessment of appropriate IRF Raft Guide Levels and Assessment of IRF Raft 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 workshop such as this course). An excellent opportunity to share knowledge, hone coaching skills and obtain a valuable qualification. Attendance over the whole six days and participation is required. For information on the IRF GTE Award System copy and paste into a browser http://www.internationalrafting.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/IRFGTEAwardSystemv2.2.pdf
Optional recommended equipment for the course to bring:
- 1 or 2 rescue pulleys (guide assessment)
- 1 x sewn sling or length of climbing tape
- Waterproof watch (essential for trip leader assessments)
- Waterproof notepad & pencil
Feel free to get in touch with [email protected] if you require further information or assistance with equipment.