新西兰泰普迪尼理工学院/Tai Poutini Polytechnic Greymouth
Raft Guilding (Level 4)
- 学费：$0 NZD Per Year
- 授课校区：Tai Poutini Polytechnic Greymouth
Few jobs are as rewarding as guiding a raft down an exhilarating whitewater river. To get your line right, you need proper training and experience. Kick start your career or improve your skills with professional training on the West Coast.
The aim of this short award is to develop each student’s skills and knowledge towards those required by current industry awards.
The consolidation of technical skills in raft guiding and rescue techniques is given priority, along with understanding the principles of client management and the structure and culture of the rafting industry.
All students who successfully complete the course and meet the professional and attitudinal course requirements should have developed the skills and knowledge to work as a competent trainee raft guide. They will have developed at least the following specific skills and knowledge:
The capacity to perform the functions required of a trainee guide in the rafting industry and the ability to accept responsibility for the safe conduct of activities and the elementary maintenance of equipment.
Knowledge of the structure and legal requirements of the New Zealand Rafting Industry
A clear understanding of the professional ethics, attitudes and values which are required in the provision of white water rafting experiences for clients.
There are 12 places available on the short award (ratios are approximately 1:4 for guiding skills and 1:6 for rescue training). This enables us to have enough students to run rescue scenarios, and to still be able to focus on each student as an individual.
Your tutors are all NZRA Rafting Assessors, Class 4/5 Senior Guides, have extensive worldwide Rafting Industry experience, and are experienced River Rescue and Raft Guiding Instructors. The fifth week of the course will involve a trainee placement at a commercial rafting company, working alongside that company’s staff.
Your programme fee will cover the cost of accommodation, food and transport while on field trips (for trips based outside of Greymouth only), and instruction on the programme. A comprehensive list is available on application to the programme.
Once accepted onto the course you will be provided with resources to assist you with the following pre-course preparation. It is a course requirement that all students are competent in the following areas before the course commences. This allows us to make the most of course time. If you need further assistance in finding resources from which to learn any of these things please contact the Outdoor Education office, we will be happy to help.
Students must know all the standard New Zealand rafting hand and whistle signals as per the NZRA Log Book.
Students should be competent at tying the following knots under pressure. Bowline (around an anchor), tension hitch (truckies hitch) tied off with a releasable half hitch, tape or water knot, figure-eight knots (in-line, follow through, on a bight, directional(both ways), double loop), double fishermans, prussic knots (klemheist, classic), sheet bend, clove hitch (around a bar), Italian hitch, alpine butterfly.
Students must be able to interpret basic weather maps as per Chapter 2 of the New Zealand Weather Book, author Erick Brenstrum.
New Zealand Rafting
Students must know the following about three commercially rafted New Zealand rivers, one of which must be from the North Island, and one of which must be from the South. Location, grade, nature(pool drop, continuous, cold, warm, accessibility), average price of a trip, length of time of the trip on water, names of two commercial companies that work that river.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be 18 years of age or over applicants must have attended a minimum of four years secondary schooling and successfully completed NCEA Level One, or equivalent
Mature student’s who do not meet the academic criteria, but demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study and are able to meet and provide documented evidence of the outdoor experience requirements (see below) will be considered
Applicants must hold a current First Aid certificate
Applicants must meet and document the whitewater experience requirements as listed below:
Competent grade 2 kayaker with a reliable roll; and/or
10 days in a Trainee Raft Guide role with a commercial rafting company operating trips on Grade 2 water or above
Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above
Selection criteria may be determined through application documents, charter referee statements and interviews, written candidate questionnaire and an interview by the Programme Co-ordinator
Candidates must supply contact details for two character referees
The following will be considered advantageous for candidate selection: favourable referee statements, prior experience in the rafting industry, extensive whitewater kayaking experience, prior tertiary education qualifications, prior experience working in the adventure tourism industry
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