Rafting Level 1

Grade 2 Guide

This course enables participants to demonstrate the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to control a raft as a leader, with participants on board, on rivers with grade 2 rapids, and according to planned and scouted courses. It requires the ability to implement rescue processes for ejected swimmers and self, and to manage capsize responses. Other rescue skills are covered in complementary units.

Grade 2 refers to the International River Grading System which provides a broad indication of a river’s rapid features, and the degree of difficulty in negotiating these. This unit provides skills to raft on rivers with fairly frequent but straightforward rapids with regular medium sized waves, less than one metre, low ledges or drops, easy eddies and gradual bends. These rivers have small obstacles that require manoeuvring around with a good command of paddling strokes. Passages through rapids are generally straightforward and can be seen from the water, although some scouting may be required. Successful completion would qualify you as a Grade 2 Guide