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TAI POUTINI POLYTECHNIC SHORT AWARD IN RAFT GUIDING LEVEL 4

The aim of this short award is to develop each student’s skills and knowledge towards those required by current industry awards. The programme involves 4 weeks of intensive rescue and guide training and 1 week as a trainee guide at a commercial raft company.

The consolidation of technical skills in raft guiding and rescue techniques is given priority, along with understanding the principles of client management and the structure and culture of the rafting industry.

All students who successfully complete the course and meet the professional and attitudinal course requirements should have developed the skills and knowledge to work as a competent trainee raft guide. They will have developed at least the following specific skills and knowledge:

  • The capacity to perform the functions required of a trainee guide in the rafting industry and the ability to accept responsibility for the safe conduct of activities and the elementary maintenance of equipment.
  • Knowledge of the structure and legal requirements of the New Zealand Rafting Industry
  • A clear understanding of the professional ethics, attitudes and values which are required in the provision of white water rafting experiences for clients.
There are 12 places available on the short award (ratios are approximately 1:4 for guiding skills and 1:6 for rescue training). This enables us to have enough students to run rescue scenarios, and to still be able to focus on each student as an individual.

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TAI POUTINI POLYTECHNIC CERTIFICATE IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION (LEVEL 4) AND DIPLOMA IN OUTDOOR INSTRUCTION AND GUIDING (LEVEL 5)

TPP has been training New Zealand’s outdoor educators and guides since 1991. You can find our graduates all over the country and the world. Our location, at the centre of New Zealand’s West Coast of the Southern Alps, is a jewel in the crown of one of the world’s great wilderness areas. We are at the same time, on the edge of and at the centre of, everything wild. We absolutely make the most of our incredible environment by spending as much time as possible in it.

The Certificate programme combines the best of the outdoor opportunities that the West Coast and beyond can provide. Core courses include: Kayaking Applied Practice, Rafting Applied Practice, Rock Climbing Applied Practice and Mountain Applied Practice. Other practical subjects include: tramping, ice-climbing, navigation, survival, river-crossing and outdoor catering.

The Diploma programme progresses your own technical skills to the next level and introduces you to the exciting world of sharing your skills with others. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, what better way to earn a living than sharing you passion with like-minded people!

You will work with a wide variety of real clients in organised, supervised instruction and guiding opportunities, receiving regular feedback and mentoring to improve your practice and prepare you for leading others out in the industry.

Our Outdoor Education programmes are highly regarded within the industry and our graduates don’t have any trouble finding work after graduating, whether it be in New Zealand or overseas.

Course numbers are limited and entry requirements apply. For more information and to download a course brochure visit our website.

For more information about any of these programmes contact:

Outdoor Education Department
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Private Bag 607 Greymouth
freephone 0800 800 411 or 03 769 9607
E-mail: info@tpp.ac.nz
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