IRF Guide Training

Be XTREME Would you like to be a guide?

Who am I?

My name is Bela Bacsa, have been paddling for 25 years.
Teaching kayak, ww.canu, raft, oar raft technics.
I’m running Guide Trainings Programs, Courses and Workshops all around the World following the high standards of the
International Rafting Federation -IRF- .
Contact: mail:
phone: + 36-70-408-2521, + 43-660-717-0466
9952 – Ausria, Osttirol, St. Johann im Walde – St. Johann i. W. 14.( Huge pinky house:).

About the IRF Certifications

The International Rafting Federation (IRF) Award Scheme was developed in response to the demands of guides, companies and authorities from various parts of the world that were seeking minimum standards for guides.
Your IRF Award is being accepted by more and more countries world wide as a standard for guiding and in some countries as a National Standard ( Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela…).

To get CERTIFIED by the IRF You have 2 options:

A, IRF Workshop. If You already have the experience and knowledge, participate at an IRF Certification Workshop. (See criterias in the Award Scheme).
On an IRF Certification Workshop where many experienced river people gathers You can easily and quickly get certified without participating to a long and expensive course. Nothing to risk, You get assessed and get the certificate according to Your level.
The program of the IRF certification workshop:
1. day – Guide assessments consists of – guiding: manoevering a raft, briefing clients – basic rescue techniques: swimming, throwbagging and making a Z-drag. – flipp drill: flipping and reflipping any kind of raft – written test
2. day – Trip Leader assessments consists of – Solving a rescue scenario (any emergency you can imagine on the river) Exams.
B. IRF Training. To improve Your knowledge and skills take part at an IRF Training Program. (You can download the IRF Training programs here) IRF Training Program is between 3 and 14 days according to the candidates previouse knowledge and experience. IRF has certain guidelines for the courses but it is never enough to participate to a course. You need to pass the assessment afterwords.

Before your assesment, fees and criteria:

In order to make your guide award current you must provide your Instructor with the following: a current Red Cross first aid certificate (FAC) or equivalent with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (Less than 2 years old); log book recording each run, signed by the Trip Leader or Operations Manager of the company.
1. Guide and Safety Crafter 40.-Euro
2. Trip Leader 60.-Euro
Guide, Safety Crafter and Trip Leader Renewal costs after 2 years US$15 plus US$15 if you require a card issued by the IRF. A Workshop (If i organize it): 180 euro (plus IRF fee - see upper)

Organize an IRF GT&E Event

The next points are showing You how to organise an IRF Training or Workshop.
- Get in touch with me
- You as a host need to provide rafts, transport, seminar room during the event.
- You need to cover all costs of the workshop, including travel-accomodation-meal and a daily fee of 250Eur. (There is always an extra day charge of location check and planning)
- After discussing the details with the Instructor You put together an information sheet about the event: date, location, program, costs - and send it to me.
- With this information sheet the IRF and yourself will advertise the course to get more participants.
(Incase of inhouse training or assessment the event does not need to be open for outsiders but You still need to send the information sheet.)

Downloads for IRF courses, just send me a mail