Level 1 Raft Guide course

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If you love being on the river, being a raft guide is the perfect job for you! In order to become a raft guide you will need to complete the BCU Level 1 Raft Guide Course. All the information that you need to know about the training course and the assessment is on this page. For those of you who are looking to develop your guiding skills further, we can arrange Level 2 and Level 3 raft guide assessments, so contact us on 01678 521083 for more information.
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Email: info@ukrafting.co.uk

BCU Level 1 Raft Guide Award

The Level 1 Award is made up of a 3 day training course followed by a one day assessment. Between the training course and assessment you are expected to gain guiding experience in the form of logged rafting sessions.The Level 1 Raft Guide Training course is generic and where you attend your training course does not affect your qualification. However, the assessment is site-specific; the site you are assessed on is the site where you are qualified to guide. The cost to do the course at the National White Water Centre is £185 per person.

To attend the Level 1 Raft Guide Training Course you need to be 16 years old or above, be a member of your governing body (Canoe Wales annual membership is £38.50), and have a stamped C1 form.

C1 Form
To attend any of the raft guide courses you must be centrally registered with your governing body(BCU/CW/SCA). To centrally register you need to complete a C1 form and return it along with £17.50 and copies of your pre-requisites. Your governing body will then stamp the form and return it to you. You will be unable to attend the course if you do not have a stamped C1 form, so allow plenty of time to send the form off and to have it sent back.

Course dates

Raft Guide Course

To book onto a training course select the dates you would like from the list below.


6th - 8th March 2015
1st - 3rd May 2015
3rd - 5th July 2015
4th - 6th September 2015

Have a group of four or more people? We can run courses specific to your requirements.  Please contact the centre for more information.

Post-Training Experience

As a trainee level 1 raft guide you need to log a minimum of 10 trips, including commercial sessions, before you can attend an assessment. There is opportunity to join training rafts with other trainees as well as accompanying a qualified guide on commercial trips in order to gain the experience you will need.


Assessments for candidates who attended a Level 1 Raft Guide training course are arranged on demand.

For information on the course content or more information about the BCU Raft Guide scheme, please click here .

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