Whitewater Rafting Safety

We love to talk safety at IWE and we could start by telling you things like “we are one of the original members of the British Columbia River Outfitters Association and have been for 39 years”.

Or how about “we use a minimum of 2 guides per trip even with as few as 2 clients.” Or maybe something like “we never do single boat trips” but river safety is much more than that. It is a commitment that puts the safety of the clients and staff ahead of making money, plain and simple. We are a firm believer in having the right guides on the river at the right time. It’s all about having the correct boat lengths for certain classes of rapids and paying close attention to the changing water levels of the river during spring runoff.



Our Guides


IWE hires only the most experienced guides available who love making their living off the river because they are simply “true river people”. We have an in house guide-training program that we think is second to none in this industry.

We are firm believers in safety kayakers and catarafts, and you will quite often see several of them buzzing around the boats if water levels warrant it. We look for the most qualified guides from across Canada and around the world because quite frankly we want to have the best guiding team in the industry… period.


 
   

IWE has sound emergency procedures in place and practice them regularly. All trips have good communication with our base camp and shuttle bus in the form of two-way radios, cell phones, or satellite phones. In Wells Gray Park we have extra first aid equipment such as basket stretchers, backboards, blankets etc. stashed in strategic areas along the Clearwater River in the event of an incident.

British Columbia is well known for having unarguably the toughest and most in depth regulations governing a whitewater industry world wide, and rightfully so. Because British Columbia has some of the toughest terrain and largest snow packs in North America it faces challenges other areas do not. IWE's goal is to maintain this high standard of care and in almost all cases surpasses the industry standard set in British Columbia.

Putting on Safety Gear Before a Whitewater Trip   River Safety Training   Rafting Safety Briefing


Doug Trotter is the founder and owner of IWE and has been involved with the whitewater scene on the Clearwater River since the day he started it in 1979. He has kayaked and guided extensively in Canada and throughout the world and is a true river person. When choosing the company to go with it is in your best interest to know the safety policies of that particular company. Do your research, ask questions, and try to get a feel for how important safety really is. We at IWE feel very confident our safety program will stack up against any of our competitors, be it in Canada or any other place around the world.

 


IWE is one of the most experienced rafting companies in BC, with 39 years of experience in Wells Gray Park. When selecting a rafting operator, experience counts. We look forward to sharing our 39 years of experience with you!

Now check out our lineup of rafting adventure packages knowing that you are in good hands rafting with IWE.

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Beth & Jeff - Michigan, USA We were a total “Drive By”and saw your billboard and decided to join the tour leaving in 15 minutes!! So glad we did, a total blast. Thanks Christina, Koby and Nevin. Great bime. Beth & Jeff - Michigan, USA
Mclean Family Catch-A-Wave was wonderful & we can’t wait to do it again! Mclean Family
Hayley Wow! Such an amazing time!!! Thank you so much for keeping me entertained and laughing. Loved the full day tour. I would recommend it to anyone! Hayley
Allen and Karol Hume Best value for the money around. What a crazy good time. The 2 day trip was the bomb. Great guides. Very professional and fun Allen and Karol Hume
Olaf, Joyce, Ties, Merei & Talue from the Netherlands It was amazing to raft in such a cool place with amazing people and an awesome guide. One of the greatest experiences of our lives. Definitely coming back for more fun. Olaf, Joyce, Ties, Merei & Talue from the Netherlands
Debbie & Gary Barlow, England Excellent trip, fantastic scenery. First time whitewater rafting, will be back for more! Debbie & Gary Barlow, England
Fiona - Dublin, Ireland Brilliant 5 days! Each one different and great in it's own was - thanks for taking such good care of us! Fiona - Dublin, Ireland
Dan McPherson  Blue River BC One of the best things I have done in Canada so far. Thanks for the amazing experience. Maison, Sebastian, and Kayley are awesome. Dan McPherson Blue River BC
Kurt, Heleen & Jasmijn - Belgium This will remain an unforgettable experience during our first trip in Canada. More, I believe it will become an unforgettable experience in our lifetime. Kurt, Heleen & Jasmijn - Belgium
Tara, Corey & Oscar - London, UK Wow, what a great trip, we did “The Catch A Wave” excursion as our son is only 8 years old. Harry and Kenny were fantastic, Kenny got my son Oscar on the back of his kayak and had soooo much fun! Thanks for making a great morning for us!! We will recommend this trip when we go home & post it on my trips web page with company British Airways. Thanks again. Tara, Corey & Oscar - London, UK
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