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Iain(2010) on 16 May 2018

Anyone here got an idea as to the qualifications/experience that would be necessary to offer commercial guided river rafting/tubing (like an inner tube) in the UK?

River is relatively wide (20m) and has a couple of faster sections over a 2 km length. I've seen such activities in the french Alps but haven't seen many here. 

Thanks in advance for any input!

philipivan - on 16 May 2018
In reply to Iain(2010):

this may be of interest. there is some tubing in Nottingham at holme pierpont and I believe on the Dee in Wales.  http://palmequipmenteurope.com/blog/2016/09/02/the-joy-of-rafting-becoming-a-guide/

Mal Grey - on 16 May 2018
In reply to Iain(2010):

As mentioned above in Phil's link, probably British Canoeing guide qualifications, presumably raft type might also cover tubes. These normally also require things like Whitewater Safety and Rescue and specific first aid as separate qualifications.

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/river-raft-guide

 

Other things to consider:

What grade is the planned river (may affect level of quali and insurance)? Are there proper access points without crossing private land, where a commercial group won't impact on/upset locals? Not a problem in all areas, but there are a few places where this can be a sensitive subject. Is the river regularly fished (similar reasons)? What gear will you supply (buoyancy aids, helmets, wetsuits)? Guide/customer ratio, which may depend on grade of river.

 

Good luck!

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