River Raft Guide

River Raft Guide.A raft heads down white water.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body 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.

River Raft Guide Overview

Minimum age

18 years


Required to attend the British Canoeing Awarding Body River Raft Guide Training. On completion of training, and other assessment prerequisites, candidates can put themselves forward for assessment.

Should the candidate have achieved the British Canoeing Awarding Body 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.


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Finding a River Raft Guide Course

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Course Documents

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The qualification will let you work under the guidance of a qualified British Canoeing Raft Trip Leader. The River Raft Guide Award can be split into Class 2, 3 or 4.

Core Skills Covered

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.


  • Attended a British Canoeing Awarding Body 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 Class 2/3, this must be a minimum of 20 hours Guiding on grade 2/3 water, for Class 4, 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.

Methods of Assessment

Assessments will be a minimum of 3 hours (a minimum of 2 hours’ Guiding and 1 hour ropes/rescue skills).