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International River Guide Training
The most comprehensive river-guide training program in the world, IRGT utilizes a world-class, experiential based curriculum designed to teach the skills required to be a professional whitewater guide. Located within the Heart of the Himalayas, the Nepal 2013 IRGT Course operates within Asia’s most dynamic river systems. The training program is the only expedition oriented course, where advanced outdoor instruction and environmental leadership combine. IRGT caters to a diverse market including gap year, university students and adventure enthusiasts. Upon completion of the course, participants are accredited with the following skills based certifications: Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International), First Aid/CPR: Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors (H.S.E.) and Class II-IV International River Guide.
- Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) Certification (International Rescue 3 Accredited)
- First Aid/CPR: Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors (H.S.E. Accredited)
- Class II-V International River Guide & Environmental Leadership Certification: (Live The Adventure Ltd ./ I.R.G.T. Accredited)
2013 Course Overview
The course begins on the dynamic Trisuli River where participants explore Himalayan hydrology, river running, risk assessment, navigation and rescue techniques. Evening fireside discussions include talks on geography, environment and Nepali river livelihood trends. Following comprehensive river training, participants enjoy a peaceful rest day in the lakeside town of Pokhara. Students then undertake a multi day river expedition and further training on the Kali Gandaki River, a high volume drainage situated between three 8,000-metre peaks in the Heart of the Himalayas. The 15 day course concludes on the Marsyangdi and Trisuli for on-river assessments and IRGT Celebrations.
The IRGT is an awesome way to gain world class qualifications on some of the best river conditions in the world. It opens the door to a whole world of adventure and I would recommend it to any white water enthusiast who wants to further their skill set." Alistair Dorward. (IRGT Graduate 2012)
Following IRGT Course completion, each student will undergo a thorough, skills-based assessment designed to match individual whitewater skills with the International Scale of River Difficulty, I-VI Grading System. Participants are also evaluated in the following categories: Whitewater Rescue, First Aid and the IRGT Course Curriculum.
Cost & Booking
The 2013 IRGT Course will be held in Nepal from October 15th - October 29th. To insure a safe, hands-on and rewarding experience, IRGT can accept no more than 16 participants per course, therefore it is highly recommended interested parties book well in advance to secure a place. Tuition for the 2013 Nepal Himalaya IRGT Course is 1950 GBP per participant. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for complete course information and bookings.
IRGT Guides & Lecturers
Gerry Moffatt: Guide & Whitewater Navigation Lecturer
World-renowned Expedition Leader and Filmmaker, National Geographic refers to Gerry Moffatt as, “the most experienced River Guide in the Himalayas.” His 30 year kayaking, mountaineering (Everest 2007, 2009) and outdoor skills-based teaching career spans throughout Asia, Africa and South America.
Anthony Eddies-Davies: Guide & First Aid/Swift Water Rescue Lecturer
Anthony’s industry leading outdoor centre Live The Adventure Ltd and ‘Outdoor Instructor Academy’ provides professional training programs and expeditions focused on adventure sports and skills based travel. For over 25 years, his world-class facility and staff continue to be a preferred outdoor education provider for Rescue 3 International and the British Canoe Union.
Note on International River Running - The Experience of a Life Time
Expedition based river running is a phenomenally rewarding skill-set. River systems are often the only access to remote, rural villages abundant in culture, rich pastimes and untouched landscapes. As a worldwide training program, IRGT hosts courses within the Alps, Andes and Rocky Mountain Regions. The 2013 Nepal Program combines diverse Himalayan Culture with adrenalin packed whitewater rafting and kayaking. A unique opportunity to learn from the best, participants depart with the skills required to work as an international river guide. The IRGT experience is one of the most unique educational programs on the market – and by far – the most fun.
I had the privilege of doing the International River guide training course with Gerry Moffatt and Anthony Eddies Davis in October 2012. I can't say enough about the way this course was run; their professionalism, local knowledge, experience and everything else down to their humor and their music taste made this course the most worthwhile two weeks of my life. Further than just the skills and qualifications I gained from doing the course, I found being around Gerry and Ant inspiring. As well as delivering internationally recognized course curriculum, they went above and beyond what was advertised for the course sharing their vast experience and passing invaluable lessons of work ethic, respect for the environment and of the importance of giving back to the industry. Finn Henry. (IRGT Graduate 2012)