Courses

KAYAKING COURSE

You will be able to learn this great sport with trained instructors. The last decade, kayaking in white water is one of the fastest growing adventure sports. Definitely, there is nothing like feeling the freedom of traveling in magnificent and savage rivers. In San Gil and nearby, you will find different types of rivers perfect for kayaking, that will allow you to start your learning process or improve your level, depending on your needs. There are rivers with rapids for beginners (level I-II- III) or for advanced levels (IV-V). You can learn easily with a gradual process. Thousands of rivers are waiting for you around the world.

COLOMBIA RAFTING EXPEDICIONES wants to help you to take your first steps in this wonderful sports with our support and knowledge in the field.

(Different options: 1,2 or 3 days)

In the beginner level course you will start getting use to the kayak and all the equipment that is needed. These courses start in easy waters where you will learn to master the basic movements to steer a kayak. Once you get more confident, we will start making the level a little bit more difficult, and we will finish by descending a river with easy rapids.

WHAT ARE THE TOPICS

  • Short history of the sport
  • Knowledge about  the equipment
  • Knowledge about the parts of the kayak
  • Safety inside the river
  • Self-rescue
  • Practice of different types of rowing at the verge of the river
  • Use of rowing to make a ferry and take an eddy
  • Learn how to read the currents of the river
  • Learn roll technique ; learn an effective roll technique to gain confidence in the water. Knowing the right roll technique is very important, and our instructors will give you all the knowledge about it. We will teach you about the basic roll putting special attention in the right position of the paddle and the movement of the body.

Details of the course :

Availability :  every day (booking in advance is needed)

Total time of activity : 1-2 or 3 days

Place : Fonce River

Days Hours per day Price
1 8 hours 250.000 COP
2 6 hours 500.000 COP
3 6 hours 700.000 COP

 

What is included

  • Professional certified bilingual instructor 
  • Personal equipment and kayak
  • Private transportation to the place where the practice takes place
  • Insurance
  • Photos and videos that will be sent via email
  • Lunch

Recommendations

  • Strong swimmer
  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Have the right clothes ( shorts, T-shirt, adjustable shoes)
  • Have mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Have extra clothes to change after the activity

Important information

This activity is not available for pregnant women and clients with heart illness or epilepsy. Please inform us about any known allergies and please carry necessary medications with you.

ADVANCED COURSE IN WHITE WATER KAYAKING

During this course we will practice the techniques learned during the basic course and the following topics will be reinforced:

  • Safety and rescue
  • Advanced techniques and games using the kayak
  • Expedition and exploration of new rivers
  • Specific reinforce according to the needs of each participant

Details :

Availability :  every day (booking in advance is needed)

Total time of activity : 3 days (18 hours in total)

Place : Fonce River and Mogoticos river

Price : 1.200.000 COP

What is included

  • Professional certified bilingual instructor 
  • Personal equipment and kayak
  • Private transportation to the place where the practice takes place
  • Insurance
  • Photos and videos that will be sent via email
  • Lunch

Recommendations

  • This course has the prerequisite of completing the basic level successfully
  • Strong swimmer
  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Have the right clothes ( shorts, T-shirt, adjustable shoes)
  • Have mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Have extra clothes to change after the activity

Important information

This activity is not available for pregnant women and clients with heart illness or epilepsy. Please inform us about any known allergies and please carry necessary medications with you.

TRAINING IN SWIFWATER RESCUE 3

We offer rescue training in rapid waters taught by instructors that have been certified by RESCUE 3 INTERNATIONAL. It’s possible to be certified for the first time or renew outdated certificates that are valid internationally.

This course will give the basic knowledge for surviving, self-rescue and rescue of people in risk in rapid waters. This course is directed to professionals in the field like: rafting and kayaking guides, forest rangers, search and rescue professionals, firemen, civil defense ward, Red Cross, fishing amateurs, Police, among others.

The students will learn about: hydrology, rapids classification, control and management of risky situations and scenarios, risk and obstacles management, floods and flooding vehicles, skills in self- rescue and victim rescue, swimming in rapid waters, use and management of rescue equipment, knots, anchors, and other systems that will go according to the level of the course.

Some courses will go according to technical level of the NFPA 1670 Norm : standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, and the NFPA 1006 Norm : Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications in the area of water.

For more information about the trainings and the topics please follow this link http://www.rescue3.com

In case of interest please contact us as soon as possible because the dates and availability are limited.

COURSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION (IRF)

BASIC COURSE FOR GUIDES WITH THE CERTIFICATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION

During this course the attendant will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a professional rafting guide.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • The participant needs to be older than 16 years
  • The participant needs to know how to swim
  • Being physically and mentally fit

BASIC TOPICS

  1. Skills
  1. Rafting techniques : rowing types, hydrology, ferry (down waters and up waters), how to enter and how to take a eddie out, how to read the rapids, scouting, rapid navigation, entry and exit from the river, portages, among others. 
  2. Management and training of the crew : safety talk, location of the crew, rowing techniques, commands, evaluation of the crew, motivation, among others.
  3. Emergency techniques and rescue :swimming inside the rapids, movement of swimmers, crossing in shallow waters, cord management, knots, rappel, anchors, mechanical advance systems, vectors pulling, diagonal tension, rafts flipping, trapped boats, trapped swimmers, among others.

2.Knowledge :

a. Equipment (use and maintenance), first aid, safety and emergency procedures, theory about rapids, leadership, communication (signs), among others. 

  1. WORKSHOP ON TRAINING AND EVALUTION IRF FOR GUIDES WITH INTEREST ON GETTING INTERNATIONAL LICENSE

The core of this workshop is a test to determine that the guide fills all the requirements of the IRF to have an international license and be able to work as an international rafting guide. The license will be given according to the obtained level of certification.

If you need more information about the requirements to present this test please follow this link http://www.internationalrafting.com/gte/. 

In case of interest please contact us as soon as possible because the dates and availability are limited.