rafting instructor in Barcelonnette

Become a Raft Instructor

discover the 5 essential skills to become an exceptional rafting instructor. Ready for adventure?

The essential skills to become a qualified Rafting instructor

Raft instructor in Barcelonnette

Have you always dreamed of taming tumultuous waters, doing an exciting job and passing on your taste for adventure to others? No doubt, the profession of Rafting instructor is made for you! In this article, we give you 5 essential skills to become a qualified Rafting guide. Welcome aboard your raft! 

Skill #1: Technical Knowledge

Before throwing yourself headlong into the white waters, it is essential to have a solid technical knowledge base acquired through theory and practice. You must understand the different types of rapids, know how to read the river and how to maneuver a boat in varied conditions. 

You can gain technical knowledge by participating in Rafting specific training courses. Many schools and organizations offer comprehensive training programs that cover all aspects of whitewater navigation. These courses may include classroom sessions to learn basic theory and principles, as well as practical sessions on the water to put acquired skills into practice. 

Work as assistant guide Working with experienced professionals can also be a great way to learn while gaining hands-on experience in the field. By combining these different learning approaches, you will be well equipped to face the challenges encountered during a whitewater descent. 

Remember that once certified, it is important to continue to train and to keep informed of the latest safety practices and new Rafting techniques. 

👉 Read also : Rafting in the Hautes-Alpes: the best spots to consider

Skill #2: Effective Communication

become a raft instructor

Rafting guides act on the water, like real orchestra conductors. You must be able to communicate clearly with your team, giving them precise instructions and motivating them to paddle as if they were participating in an Olympic race. 

And don't forget the social aspect! What differentiates a good guide from an excellent guide is surely his ability to entertain your passengers with captivating anecdotes about local wildlife, a short cultural story or well-placed jokes to lighten the mood. Sailing also rhymes with fun!

👉 Also read: What are the differences between Kayaking and Rafting? 

Skill #3: Team Spirit

Rafting is not an individual affair! It is a collective adventure on choppy seas, where every movement counts and where trust between crew members is essential. As a guide, you must cultivate a true team spirit among your passengers, encouraging them to work together. It is thanks to the sum of everyone's efforts that the boat will manage to avoid obstacles and take the most interesting rapids. Nothing like a collective “High Five” after surviving a difficult time to strengthen bonds!

Skill #4: Sense of humor

Let's not forget one of the most important elements: the sense of humor. Rafting can be unpredictable and sometimes chaotic, but that's also what makes this activity so exciting. A good guide knows how to step back and laugh at the small unexpected events, whether it's a passenger falling spectacularly into the water or an intrepid duck deciding to race your boat. 

Skill #5: Stress and Safety Management

Sailing on white water is exciting, but it also comes with its fair share of risks. As a Rafting instructor, you must be able to keep your cool even in the most stressful situations. This includes handling anxious passengers, making quick decisions in emergencies and implementing strict safety protocols. 

For this, it is important to follow a first aid training as well as a water rescue training. The latter teaches rescue techniques, including recovering people who have fallen into water and handling dangerous situations.

You are the master of safety on board, and your passengers must be able to count on you to guide them through the different sections of the river. A effective stress management and an absolute rigor in terms of security are essential skills for any Rafting guide.

👉 Also read: Avoid stress in Rafting, for a pleasant descent of the Ubaye

In conclusion, becoming a qualified rafting instructor requires much more than technical skills. This requires passion, communication, team spirit, good stress management and a large dose of humor. So, are you ready to take on the challenge? Who knows, maybe one day you will join the Crazy team

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
2023-07-29
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
2023-07-12
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Fred
Fred
2023-05-13
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
2022-08-16
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
2021-07-29
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
2020-06-06
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
2019-08-02
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie
2019-06-14
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