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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The Richardsons - Kelowna, BC Fantastic “Catch A Wave” trip with the wonderful Harry!! Great geology lesson, thank you. The Richardsons - Kelowna, BC
Karan and Jen Been rafting before but this blew it away! Amazing! Thank you all for a great time, we’ll be back! Karan and Jen
Hannah, U.K. A truly amazing experience. Such a variety—going under the waterfall was amazing—can’t believe I did that! Such a friendly, welcoming team. Thank you! - July 20, 2014 Hannah, U.K.
Adrian & Natashea - Austria Another check on the bucket list, rafting, swimming and jumping from the rocks into the river. Great trip with great guides, Chris & Harry. Thanks a lot Adrian & Natashea - Austria
Craig Hindle, Kirkland Lake, ON Always a great time. Today was awesome. Fantastic employees. Craig Hindle, Kirkland Lake, ON
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
Jean Stoutenberg Thank you so very much for the amazing weekend. . When I booked the trip – I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but the weekend completely blew my expectations out of the water. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Jean Stoutenberg
Cobb Family - UK Many thanks for the excellent whitewater rafting. We are all safely back in the UK, but wishing we were back with you. It was our 1st experience & we all want to do it again. Such a brilliant experience! Cobb Family - UK
Allen and Kathy Bell Doug, We just wanted to drop you a line and tell you we missed being able to raft with IWE down the Clearwater River this Covid cursed year. Your decision to not operate because the restrictions put your clients safety in jeopardy was tough but so much who you are. We have done many whitewater trips, in Canada and away and yours is the only one we felt completely prepared us for every scenario before we set off. Your guides are superb, friendly and highly trained. Our favorite trip, Guaranteed Addiction (7 times!) can't be beat for excitement and thrills. Then the 5 day trip down the Chilcotin with you and your crew was such a great one we did it twice. When you reopen we will be on your doorstep, with as many family members we can bring along. Please post this in your reviews for us if you can. Thanks and see you next year! Allen and Kathy Bell
Kim & Dennis - Kelowna, BC We were somewhat nervous, but the staff do such a good job of covering the safety issues we felt quite positive we picked the best company to go with. The staff is wonderful! What a great job the guides do - you can tell they have experience! We will definitely be back for more. Kim & Dennis - Kelowna, BC
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