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Cardiff International White Water
Watkiss Way
Cardiff Bay
CF11 0SY

IRF Whitewater guide Workshop

This workshop looks at the skills need to guide/ leaded a group in a white water environment. 

The following topics will be covered

Physical Skills:  Personal paddling skills, group management, emergency and rescue techniques.

Theoretical and Practical Knowledge: Equipment (types and usage), safety and emergency procedures, river hydrology, leadership, signals, individual and group coaching.


Whitewater Craft 

The IRF defines self-steered whitewater craft in two categories. Crafts within each category have similarities and guiding styles. The key difference between each category is where an individual is in relation to the craft and the propulsion method. 

Category A: includes all craft that can carry up to three people in a seated or kneeling position on the craft. These craft are typically propelled using paddles or hands.

Category B: includes all craft where the person(s) using them are predominantly in the water. These craft are typically propelled using legs, feet, or flippers. 


Pre Course Requirements


  • Age 16 or over
  • Be able to swim


  • Logbook
  • Valid 2 day First Aid training
  • Aged 18 or over


Reasons to choose CIWW?

We have great onsite facility with easy access to rivers for all our courses. Don’t have any kit or want to try some fresh kit out on the river? We have some of the latest gear on the market for you to try.


These dates don’t work for you?

We can offer bespoke courses to fit with your schedule and location. (minimum numbers may apply)

Key Info
£200 per person
Course Duration (Training)
2 Days (09:00 - 17:00)
Course Duration (Assessment)
Part of the workshop (if pre-requisites are in place) and available on request.