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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Nic, Terry, Lauren & Alex - UK Thanks for a super experience. Our first family taster of river rafting – perfect for our 12 year old (Catch A Wave) – Crew were great and very knowledgeable and just the right amount of encouragement to get us involved. Thanks – will definitely recommend to others. Nic, Terry, Lauren & Alex - UK
Sanaya Power Thank you so much! We all had such a fantastic time and your staff was amazing! You have such a wonderful company, will definitely be recommending it! Sanaya Power
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
Howarth family, Cornwall, England Amazing! Thank you so much. The guys were great with our kids and we will remember today. - July 29, 2014 Howarth family, Cornwall, England
Helen, Nick & Iggy, Kelowna, BC Thanks to the guys for a fantastic trip! The ride & the scenery was terrific, we'll definitely be back next summer for another ride! Helen, Nick & Iggy, Kelowna, BC
Manuel & Marc - Germany Definitely one of the most amazing experiences in contact with with such majestic nature scenery I have ever had the chance to live. The crew was absolutely professional and friendly. We had the chance to experience Canada and its cultural diversity in one single team and that makes the difference. We are coming back! Thanks for the amazing ride! Manuel & Marc - Germany
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
Kelli Hewin, Thompson Rivers University Thanks to your staff for an unforgettable experience! We came as a group from work & were very happy with how much help & patience we had from your front desk staff & the energy from the shuttle driver and guides! Kelli Hewin, Thompson Rivers University
Sandra, Lee, Darcie & Ole Thanks for an awesome ride. You all do a really great job! - August 2014 Sandra, Lee, Darcie & Ole
Melissa - Grand Prairie, AB Wicked awesome trip!! Couldn't have asked for better food, guides or equipment and definitely a better time couldn't have been had anywhere!! Experience of a lifetime. Melissa - Grand Prairie, AB
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