Info for Overseas Guides
If you are looking to come to New Zealand from overseas and obtain work as a guide it may help to understand the operating system for commercial rafting within New Zealand. Commercial rafting within New Zealand is governed by the legislative body of MARITIME NZ. They administer the Rule Part 80, which is currently under review and due out in draft form as Rule Part 81.
This has been drawn up in consultation with the NZ Rivers Association. Companies are audited annually to make sure they are complying with these rules by a Maritime NZ Auditor in association with a Maritime Safety Advisor who specialises in the rafting industry.
Skills Active (Sport Fitness Recreation Industry Training Organisation) are the
To monitor that standards are kept to a high quality, Skills Active have appointed
A data base is held on Skills Active’s website of current Guides and Assessors.
The New Zealand Rivers Association's purpose in addition to being an
As you are most probably aware, the standards for NZ Rafting and a raft
You may have an overseas qualification, this is good for a NZ Assessor to know, however you will still be required to be assessed to NZ Unit Standard level and obtain a NZ guide award to commercially guide on NZ rivers.
Most foreign guides get a position with a rafting company before arriving, then go through the assessment process based on their experience levels to get their licenses. This is the easiest way to get into the system and they will assist you in organising an assessment.
Below is an outline of our system.
Everything depends on your prior work history and what grades of rivers you've been running and for how many years etc, references from employers and logbooks are a good thing to have as well as this gives you solid backup/history of rivers and your work experience etc.
With all this in mind raft guides know about where they’d be comfortable to be assessed once getting to NZ. Assessments are done on the job (or can be organized privately, dependant on work situation etc) and cover all guide specific areas - Rescue, Boat skills, trip management. Guides also need to have a current first aid certificate.
You can get a list of our companies off our website from the companies page or by going to the Rivers pages and select the area of NZ you are keen to come to, check out the rivers in those areas, grades etc and then contact the companies listed that operate on those rivers.
For those with little experience the alternative is to contact Polytechnics, such as Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, CPIT, or Tai Poutini Polytech who provide rafting as a part of their overall outdoor recreation curriculum.
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