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New Zealand Rivers Association training pathway...

The New Zealand National Raft Guide Awards are now the recognised standard for the New Zealand Rafting Industry under Rule Part 81 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. The New Zealand National River Boarding Guide Awards are the recognised standard for the New Zealand River Boarding Industry Safe Operating Practises.

It is a requirement for all commercial rafting and boarding companies to have qualified guides in their employment. An accredited provider or a registered Skills Active assessor may assess the awards. All assessors must meet the assessor criteria developed by the New Zealand Rivers Association and Skills Active. Accredited providers are required to use approved assessors only. The awards are issued jointly through the New Zealand Rivers Association and Skills Active.

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You need to keep your first aid certificate and for senior guides their River Rescue current. The responsibility of the employer is to check the currency of the first aid certificate and river rescue. A register of qualified raft and boarding guides is administered available for viewing on the Skills Active website.

For more information about the New Zealand National Raft and River Boarding Guide Awards and approved assessors please contact a Skills Active Industry Advisor through Skills Active on 0800 737 486 or e-mail info@skillsactive.org.nz

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NZRA Advanced River Rescue Workshops
Run in conjunction with the annual general meeting the 3 day workshop is a great opportunity to share in the latest knowledge acquired from the rafting industry in New Zealand and from around the world. They are preceeded by a two day training course which is

The emphasis is on learning and sharing. All workshops include elements of practical and theoretical learning. Workshops focus on developing participant skills in the following areas.

* First aid scenarios
* River rescue scenarios
* Rope skills for rescue
* Risk management
* Heli-evacuations
* Search and rescue
* Rafting / Boarding equipment
* Environmental management
* Group dynamics

These are just some of the areas the training and workshop covers. One of the main differences is the fact that this training and workshop is designed by the rafting industry and has been adapted for rafting and other white water users.

This course is a Skills Active recognised and is an essential unit to obtain in order to become a senior guide.

To find out more about the next NZRA Rescue Workshop click here

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