Raft guiding

This course is not programmed to run in 2016-17 due to staffing shortages.

Learn and qualify to be a raft guide. During the week we raft as many different white water rivers as we can, making the course both exciting and interesting and it means you’ll gain a diversity in your raft guiding skills that will allow you to work around the world.

We deliver the most internationally recognised course which is the IRF (International Federation of Rafting) guides course combined with Rescue 3 White Water Rescue qualification which is also a prerequisite to raft guide work around the world


It is also a fun way to spend a week if you simply want to take an adventurous holiday, where you learn new skills, even if it is just for fun or for a bit of weekend work out of the ordinary.

The course gives a thorough training in all aspects of raft guiding and is delivered by internationally experienced and current rafting trainers.

Our courses deliver two training qualifications in one course.

At the end of our training course which is 5 days in duration you will have been trained as a IRF guide and a White Water Rescue technician (rescue 3 qualification). This is by far the best value way of taking these courses and means you are dealing with the Rescue 3 content in the context of White Water Raft guiding not as often delivered from the prospective of for example a fire brigade person attending a un rafting related water incident.

After 5 days of training you can if at the appropriate level undertake our 1 day assessment which is scheduled for the day after the training course. So basically this is a 6 day course to obtain the certification of qualified guide. There are different levels of raft guide which will be explained along with the path way during your course with us. We also give you all the contacts you need to find employment as a guide and as our trainers are internationally experienced they can also give you the heads up on how to gain raft guide work overseas.

Our Raft guide courses are based in the Scottish Highlands near Aviemore and the training is provided by a BCU level 5 raft guide coach who is also a IRF trainer / assessor and who has worked and trained extensively around the world and currently competes for Great Britain in world rafting championships.

Trainee raft guide Level 1

This is the normal outcome for someone new to raft guiding. You gain alot of new experience during the training course but before you can work as a fully  licensed guide you need to gain more experience by sitting on trips with another guide in the raft with you.

At the end of the 5 days of training you will be given a report by your trainer detailing the additional experience you need and how to get it. Then when you are ready you will then require a one day assessment by WWI approved trainer to gain your full license. We run assessment immediately after the training for those who are ready. Note, If you have prior river experience such as kayaking this puts you at an advantage to those new to river sports but training is open to all and other related leadership experience is valid.

Level 2 or Aspirant Level 2

Outcomes other than level 1 are only available to people with excisting rafting experience and you will only recieve an outcome other than level 1, if you demonstate that you can safely guide a raft on you own.

Level 2 will give you a fully qualified license to work as a guide within the scope of your experience. Being aspirant means you will be able to guide on up to grade 3 water until you have gained and recorded enough experience to be signed off as a full level 2 guide able to work on all rafted grades of water.

Trip Leader

Also known as level 3. This is for experienced guides who then undertake assessment to work as the lead guide on rafting trips, TL’s are in overall charge of all on river aspects of raft trips. By the time you are ready for assessment you will know what being a TL involves.

5 day training course

2 courses in 1 IRF Raft Guide and Rescue 3 WRT.

IRF Raft Guide Training Course with Rescue 3 WRT Award the complete package and certification (IRF Trainee status no fee / Rescue 3 WRT Package £50 registration) 5 days of training including self catering accommodation is £450pp.

course only (no accommodation) £400pp

IRF Raft Guide Assessment £75pp ((IRF Additional fee of $40 USD for Guides Registration with the IRF)

IRF Trip Leader Assessment £75pp (Additional Fee of $60 USD for Trip Leader Registration (if a TL you don’t need to pay for a Guide registration as well)

Price includes
Self catering hostel in the accommodated course.
The ‘course only’ means you sort your own place to stay.
All in course transport.
All rafting specialised equipment.

Price does not include
Rescue 3 certification and registration, optional.
IRF certification and registration, optional.

Dates on application in various locations in Uk and Europe.