APA Trip Leader Workshop


Once a River Guide course has been done, another 30 days of logged guiding experience is required to get a 50-day total before a Trip Leader Workshop can be attempted. Evaluation and assessment takes place during the course

Practical assessment during course
Compile SOP document for overnight or multi-day trip of choice
Complete Trip Leader workbook
Level 3 First Aid ,upgrade First Aid to Level 3 if necessary
Logged days to a total of 50 (on 3 different class 3+ rivers and must include 10 overnight trips)

– Qualified to lead guide team in all crafts and on all rivers up to and including grade 3. Corresponds to  IRF qualification: Trip Leader – Restricted.
– Compile SOP document for overnight or mutl-day trip of choice.
– Complete Trip Leader Workbook
– Upgrade First Aid to Level 3
– Logged days to a total of 50 (3 different class 3+ rivers: 10 overnight)
– Level 3 First Aid


– Course Notes
– APA Course checklist
– An individual written assessment and marks
– A Letter of Attendance – upon successful completion of the course
– APA qualified Instructors
– Camping


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– Please bring a pen/pencil and notebook, S.O.P. of the operation/river that you work on.
– A copy of your ID (if renewing APA membership), current APA membership card/proof.
– 4 ID photos (if renewing APA membership)
– Personal kit (see below)
– Food

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Get the Gear List from our download page.


– Sleeping bag, roll mat and tent.
– Warm clothes for evening
– Mess kit (plate, knife, fork, spoon, mug)
– Dry bag or bucket
– All guiding equipment – Wetsuit, dry jacket, guide PFD, whistle, 2 prussic’s, tapes, knife, 3 karabiners, min 20m Throwbag, first-aid mouthpiece and gloves and croc or kayak equipment – buoyancy bags, dry bag/barrel, helmet, paddle, splashy etc. Contact us if you need to buy or hire anything.
– Snacks (biltong, chocolates etc.)
– ( Optional ) Operator kit – Pulley’s, ropes, abseiling gear, harnesses etc.

– The course will span 3 full days and 3 nights. The course will begin on the first day at 8:00 and finish on the final day at 17:00.

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The venue may vary according to demand. Enquiries about running a course in your area are welcome, but the Standard course is offered on the Ash River near Clarens.

Accommodation – in the form of camping will be provided.

Generic Adventure Site Guide –

– N.Q.F. Assessment (CATHSSETA) to facilitate RPL and the cost of R2000-00 p/p (Takes place over the course, plus 1 additional day and assignment)

– Facilitated Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL).

– Some RPL Learners have found it difficult to prove their current experience and are shown a lack of knowledge in some areas, so we have decided to offer the same training materials we offer the full course Learners to RPL candidates for an extra R212. Material is provided electronically

– Complete and sign the Enquiry form and return to Whitewater Training, either by WhatsApp to +27 83 253 5225, by dropping it off at our offices 38 Boom Street, Parys, or by
e-mail wwt@whitewatertraining.co.za
– The course cost is R 2 900. Candidates must ensure that they are APA qualified River Guides and current members.
– Pay APA MEMBERSHIP FEES: if necessary. Contact APA or arrange at the workshop. This payment must be made separately from the course payment. (APA website: http://www.apa.org.za).
– N.Q.F Assessment (CATHSSETA) – R 1200 for more information send an email to wwt@whitewatertraining.co.za
– Boat and paddling gear rental – R900.00
– Basic rescue gear rental (Throwbag / prussic / webbing / karabiners) – R95.00

Payment policy –
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the course fee will be required to confirm your booking. This is essential to secure your place.

Bank details –
Account Name: Whitewater Training,
First National Bank
Acc #: 51081140480
Branch code 230736 Parys

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