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 37 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 38 years of experience in Wells Gray Park. When selecting a rafting operator, experience counts. We look forward to sharing our 38 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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Fred, Jeannette, Max, Mikki--Family Bloem from Amsterdam We had two amazing days at the Clearwater River and I think we will consider these two days the best days of our 3-weeks holiday. Thankyou so much Simon, Luke, and of course Ellen for the lovely food, pictues, and driving. Fred, Jeannette, Max, Mikki--Family Bloem from Amsterdam
Ethan and Ping from Singapore Grand adventure! Whole team was super awesome, warm and welcoming. I got scared at first but turned out to be amazing fun. Very detailed briefings too. Thanks Maison, Travis, and team. Ethan and Ping from Singapore
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
Janrine, Catherina, Sander, and Raymond from Belguim We were a bit scared at first, but once we saw how professional and the fun the guides were we were quickly put at ease and had the best time of our road trip through Canada! Janrine, Catherina, Sander, and Raymond from Belguim
Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC Your staff consists of the most professional raft guides we deal with. We just wanted to thank you for taking a personal interest and creating the safest, most enjoyable trips possible. The students are always raving about the hike behind Moul Falls, the delicious lunch, and the amazing rapids of course Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC
Brian and Jakey   Vancouver BC World Class Love it!!!--=July 29, 2018 Brian and Jakey Vancouver BC
Rob, Kathryn, Hannah & Sam One of the best days out we’ve ever had! Many thanks to the whole team. Felt really welcome from the moment we walked through the door. Lovely friendly staff at the desk and a fantastic guide Diego. Hoping that one day we’ll be back. - August 2014 Rob, Kathryn, Hannah & Sam
A.G. The BEST RAFTING TOUR ever!!! If you are just booking, know before you go that you're about to have one of the BEST experiences of your life! Thank you IWE!!! A.G.
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
Sharon Allen, New Brunswick What a wonderful experience, awesome guides. I'm coming back! Don't know when, but I may be hooked on whitewater!! Sharon Allen, New Brunswick
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