This week we talked with Aaron Babcock from the Siskiyou Mountain Club.
One of our listeners had some follow up question from Episode 34 and Mark Hirst was kind enough to answer them.
What is the syllabus?
On each Guide assessment each candidate will need to demonstrate a competence in the following skill. The assessment needs to take place on the classification of water that matches the award level eg, Class 4 water for a level 4 award, Class 3 for a level 3 award.Provide a predeparture safety demonstration / safety talk
- Demonstrate raft guiding ability , crew interaction and management, river running awareness
- Demonstrate personal whitewater swimming skills including swimming through features, making ferry glides, & eddies
- Ropework assessment. Be able to construct a 3:1 mechanical advantage system using your own equipment inside 5 Mins.
- Throwbag Assessment. Two throws must be made using the same throw bag to rescue 2 swimmers inside a 90 second period.
- Pass the standard IRF multiple choice written test with a score of 80%
- Pass the standard IRF flip drill on Flat water.
Once this assessment is passed the student must provide a valid first aid certificate that includes CPR & a valid logbook The candidate must the pay the $60.00 IRF admin fee.
What skills make someone a class 4 boater?
In My personal opinion a class 4 boater should have the following skill set in place to regularly run class 4.
- Personal judgement skills & maturity to make a “ run or not to run” decision based on river conditions & group dynamic.
- Personal craft skills that allow them to take any line, or make any move on class 4 rapids
- Experience & training to lead or assist in a rescue situation on class 4 water.
What are some skills the even experienced river guides often lack?
I find it depends on the grade & style of river they are working on.
- Big Volume guides are normally missing rope work & throwbag skills
- Technical river guides normally struggle with bigger water features & re flipping flipped rafts
- Guides working on class 2 rivers normally have very slow reaction skills
What are some regional stylistic differences in approaches to rafting?
Eastern & Northern Europe = Lets drink lots and go rafting whilst drunk or with a hangover. (Day trips)
Central Europe = raft racing with not so much focus on safety
Africa = Warm big volume= flip happy
Today we chatted with Mark Hirst of Lapin Koskikolu and the International Rafting Federation (IRF). Most of the discussion was about IRF raft guide training, but at the end we talked a bit about throw bags.
Northwest Rafting Company is offering an IRF guide, trip leader, and instructor course with Mark in March 2019.
Mark suggested checking out the WWTc Rescue Rope if you’re looking for a great throw bag.
Gear of the Week
This week discussed Priscilla’s trip to Washington D.C. and the effects of wildfires on recreation.
Gear of the Week
This week Priscilla gave us an update on from the Green River Race and the Tallulah River. Zach, Dougie Fresh, and Aaron Lieberman give an update from Central Asia. We apologize for the delay and poor audio quality.
Gear of the Week
– Dougie loves Skull Caps
– Sawyer Water Filter
– Google Translate App
– Jack’s Plastic Guide Paco Padd
This week Dougie, Dan, Aaron and Zach talk about international paddling tips. They also answered some viewer mail about inflatable kayaks.
For lightweight catarafts, check out Go Light Outdoors.
For outfitted trips in foreign countries, Dougie talked about his friends at Selva Whitewater in Costa Rica as a good example.