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The role of Skills Active within the raft and boarding industries

Skills Active, the Sport Fitness and Recreation Industry Training Organisation, is one of 40+ Industry Training Organisations (ITO) set up by the government in the 1992 Industry Training Act as part of the government’s tertiary education strategy. The ITOs cover a wide range of industries including retail, construction, hospitality, tourism and many other areas.

All ITOs have 3 government mandated roles:
• To set standards and create qualifications for industry (in consultation with industry)
• To facilitate workplace training
• To provide leadership for our industries

Skills Active works with a wide variety of workplaces and organisations across our sectors, which include sport, community recreation, outdoor recreation, snowsport, and Nga Mahi a Te Rehia.

Within the New Zealand rafting and boarding industry, Skills Active maintains the NZ Raft and River Boarding Guide qualification system including maintaining a register of guides assessors and SAMS (Senior Assessor Mentors). Skills Active works with the NZ Rivers Association to ensure that the Guide Awards, and the systems behind them, meet the needs of the industry.

We look forward to continuing working with the NZ Rivers Association to ensure that the qualifications reflect current needs and that the standards of assessment are consistent across the industry.

The following link will take you to the Skills Active website for Qualification Pathways, Learning and Assessment Plans, Training Agreements and more.

Please note that it is a National Certificates in Outdoor Recreation (River Guide) Level 4 however the level of qualifications under this are:

National Raft Guide – Grade II
National Raft Guide – Grade III
National Raft Guide – Grade IV/V
Senior National Raft Guide – Grade III
Senior National Raft Guide – Grade IV/V
National Whitewater Boarding Guide – Grade III/IV
Senior National Whitewater Boarding Guide – Grade III/IV

Link is: http://www.skillsactive.org.nz/Default.aspx?page=2520


Unit Standards:

Demonstrate rafting skills on sheltered or slow-moving water Unit 485
Demonstrate basic raft guiding skills on Grade II whitewater Unit 21282
Plan and prepare for commercial river trips Unit 26512
Apply knowledge of river rescue skills on Grade III or above whitewater rivers Unit 26513
Apply raft guiding skills on Grade III river environments Unit 26514
Apply raft guiding skills on Grade IV or above river environments Unit 26515
Apply whitewater board guiding skills on Grade III or above whitewater rivers Unit 26516
Coordinate and manage multiple craft trips as a senior guide on Grade III or above river environments Unit 26517
Apply serious incident management skills as a senior raft guide on Grade III or above river environments Unit 26518
Apply serious incident management skills as a whitewater craft senior guide on Grade III or above rivers Unit 26519


Useful links:

Raft/Riverboarding Qualification Pathways Raft assessor register
Guide Register 2014 Moderation Report

NEW ZEALAND RAFT GUIDE AND RIVER BOARDING GUIDE QUALIFICATIONS
Raft Guide – In addition all qualifications require a current first aid certificate as approved under Rule 81 of Maritime NZ

National Grade 2 – US 21282
National Grade 3 – US 12407, 26512, 26513, 26514
National Grade 4/5 – US 12407, 26512, 26513, 26515
National Senior Grade 3 – US 12407, 26512, 29513, 26517, 26518, 26514 and additional first aid US424
National Senior Grade 4/5 – US 12407, 26512, 29513, 26517, 26518, 26515 and additional first aid US424
River Boarding – In addition all qualifications require a current first aid certificate

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