PACKRAFT GUIDE TRAINING

 

This 8 day packraft guide training curriculum is Rescue 3 and IRF certified and consists of three seperate modules.

Each of the 3 modules compliment and build on each other. The WRT-PRO is highly reccomended by Packraft Europe as it provides the knowledge and techniques fundamental to operating and performing rescues in a whitewater environment. The IRF Guide Workshop focuses on personal packrafting, guiding and instructing skills, and prepares the candidate for the IRF Guide Assesment.

All modules of the Packraft Guide Training curriculum are limited to a maximum of 8 participants. Priority is given to students who enroll in all 3 modules.

We also run this Packraft Guide Training curriculum privately for packrafting schools and guiding companies. Please contact us via email if you are interested in booking future courses or if you have any questions.

1. RESCUE 3 - Whitewater Rescue Technician Professional (WRT-PRO)

3 days (18+ hours) – €345. The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional (WRT-PRO) course is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, eg Whitewater River Guides, Packraft Guides, Raft Guides, Safety Kayakers. The Rescue 3 WRT-PRO is the internationally recognised standard for professional river guides. Those that already have a current WRT-PRO can attend or re-certify at a discounted rate.

A PDF of the Rescue 3 WRT-PRO Training Standards can be found HERE:

Prerequisites:

  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (eg packrafting, rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc)
  • Minimum age: 18

2. IRF Guide - Packraft Workshop

3 days (18+hours) - 210€. The IRF Guide - Packraft Workshop is three action packed days of learning, sharing knowledge, a lot of practical training and scenarios. The aim of the workshop is to build on the knowledge, techniques and skills that are needed to be an effective, safe and pro-active river and packraft guide. There is a strong focus on demonstrations, communication skills, instructional techniques and learning progressions to ensure that your future students have the most effective learning outcomes. The workshop will prepare candidates for the IRF assement. 

Prerequisites:

  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (eg packrafting, rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc)
  • Experience packrafting
  • Minimum age: 18

3. IRF Guide - Packraft Assesment

2 days (12+hours) - 290€ / Successful candidates are also required to pay the IRF Certification Fee (Valid 3 years): Guide (Packraft) Level 2,3 $40.00 USD. Trip Leader (Packraft) Level 2,3 $70.00 USD.

The IRF Guide - Packraft Assesment is run over two days and aims to accurately assess your abilities as a river and packraft guide on the classification of whitewater you wish to be assessed on.  

You will be assessed on:
  • Pre Departure Checks: Trip planning, Personal & Group Equipment, Emergency Procedures, Medical Considerations, Evacuation Points, Summary 
  • IRF Pre- departure safety demonstration
  • Packraft guiding skills and communication skills
  • Personal packrafting skills
  • Personal whitewater swimming skills
  • Throwbag test
  • Ropework test
  • Flip test
  • Rescue techniques for clients and gear
  • Flotilla management
  • Scenarios
  • Mock Emergency scenario
  • Written theory test

Prerequisites:

  • Current First Aid Certificate - Guide Level 2: Standard First Aid certificate (minimum course duration 8 hours, must include CPR). Guide Level 3 / Trip Leader: Advanced First Aid certificate (minimum course duration 16 hours, must include CPR). The certificate must show the dates of when the course was taken which must be no longer than 3 years old.
  • Proof of experience: A signed and stamped logbook or experience letter stating that you have the required the minimum number of logged trips on the classification of water you wish to be assessed on - Guide Level 2: 10 runs or 20 hours on class 2 water or above. Trip Leader Level 2: 50 runs or 100 hours on class 2 water or above. Guide Level 3: 30 runs or 60 hours on class 3 water or above. Trip Leader Level 3: 75 runs or 150 hours class 3 water or above.
  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (eg packrafting, rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc)
  • Experience packrafting
  • IRF Guide - Packraft Workshop
  • Minimum age: 18

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