Guides Course 2020

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Date(s) - 09/04/2020 - 13/04/2020
5:00 pm
17 of 20 spaces available


Ever wanted to learn how to guide a raft? If so this is the thing to sign up for!

2020 is still a way off but we’re in the planning stages of making this happen so it pays to get the ball rolling and make sure that people have the date in their calendar.

This is very much subject to change at this early stage but at the moment the plan of action is as follows –

Saturday 4th – Pre trip meeting at rafting sheds at 5pm. Here we will run over equipment needed, organise cooking groups and the vehicles we will be taking and pack the rafting trailer ready to go.

Thursday 9th – Meet at sheds at 5pm, pack the gear in and drive to Arm River Camp on the Mersey.

Friday 10th (Good Friday) – Learn basics of river dynamics and features and begin learning how to control rafts in moving water on the Mersey River. Evening will be spent on theory regarding safety briefings and equipment selection.

Saturday 11th (Easter Saturday) – Learn basic river rescue skills, more raft guiding techniques finishing off the day with some whitewater swimming and river crossing skills all on the Mersey River. Evening will be spent on theory regarding trip planning skills and rescue equipment.

Sunday 12th (Easter Sunday)- Depending on progress of participants and water levels we may potentially paddle the Alum Cliffs section of the Mersey (class 4 whitewater). Alternatively we will remain on the conventional section of the mersey but focus on more advanced guiding techniques, r1 paddle strokes and have some fun with different on river challenges and more advanced rescue techniques/rope work.

Monday 13th (Easter Monday) – We will leave the Mersey for a more challenging river. Options include the Lea river (technical class 4 waterfalls) the North Esk (class 4 big water) or Bradies (class 3+). River selection will be determined based on competency of participants and water levels. We will then drive back to hobart in the evening, be prepared for a late finish!

Cost for the event will be $40 per person which covers A bbq dinner and drinks night along with a guide book and rescue manual which are the required reading texts for the course. Not included in this will be petrol costs which we will divide up among all participants at the end of the trip. This will also probably be around $40.

You’ll need all the usual personal rafting equipment for the trip, for a detailed look at the requirements have a look at this post –

You will also need to bring personal camping gear and food for the 4 nights (not including the one evening where we will have a bbq). We will organise groups to cook in to save everyone time/money at the pre trip meeting.

We will be staying in Arm River camp so you only should need a sleeping mat and bag however there is the possibility that we may move location for the last night depending on which river we end up running to be prepared for that plan to change. If that is the case we will throw in the club tarps to cover everyone!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the pre trip meeting, this should be a fantastic event and great opertunity for those looking to get more rafting trips happen.

Any questions feel free to get in touch!

Organiser/Senior Guide – James Barnes
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Phone – 0406012364
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