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River Raft Guide

The British Canoeing River Raft Guide award is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to take groups of people white water rafting on natural rivers. 

The qualification will let you work under the guidance of a qualified British Canoeing Raft Trip Leader. The River Raft Guide qualification can be split into a restricted up to and including Grade 3 Guide or an unrestricted Grade 4 and above guide.

Registration

Aspirant River Raft Guides are required to complete a Leader Registration Form on completion of the assessment.

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Candidates are not required to register ahead of their training. Should the candidate have achieved the British Canoeing Stadium Raft Guide and have a minimum of 60 hours logged stadium guiding, they do not need to attend a River Raft Guide Training but must ensure they have all the river and rope work requirements for assessment.

Candidates are required to register at their assessment. At the point of registration, the following prerequisites are required: 

  • Attended a British Canoeing River Raft Guide Training course 
  • Home Nation membership
  • Current First Aid certificate (16 hours) with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Valid (within 3 years) Advanced WWSR or Rescue 3 WRT Pro qualification. You may APL this with supporting evidence and recommendation by a Level 4 or 5 Raft Guide.
  • Logbook – for restricted, this must be a minimum of 20 hours Guiding on grade 2/3 water, for unrestricted, this must be a minimum of 40 hours of Guiding on grade 4. These are both a minimum and may be more if the Guide does not have any transferable skills from another white water discipline.

Candidates must be 18 years or over at the time of assessment.

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Part A - Personal Paddling Skills

Part B - Rescue Skills

Part C - Safety, Leadership and Group Skills

Part D - Theory

For full details of the content covered, please refer to the River Raft Guide Award syllabus.

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To achieve the British Canoeing River Raft Guide Award, candidates are required to attend the British Canoeing River Raft Guide training. Upon completion of the training and the other assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment. Assessments will be a minimum of 3 hours (a minimum of 2 hours Guiding and 1 hour ropes/rescue skills).

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Upon successful completion of the assessment, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification. The course provider is required to complete a course schedule and send this to their Home Nation, along with an administration fee of £10 per person attending.

Candidates are required to complete a Leader Registration (LR) Form on completion of the assessment, which should be returned to the candidates Home Nation with the registration fee of £39 by the provider. 

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Registration

Aspirant River Raft Guides are required to complete a Leader Registration Form on completion of the assessment.