River rafting is also known as White water rafting is one of the most popular adventure water sports in the world. As challenging as it may seem, it is filled with as must excitement and spine chilling experience. If you seek adventure and are looking for an adrenaline pump, then White water rafting is your thing. River rafting in India has gained huge popularity due to its accessibility and quality rafting equipment. Apart from that, it is the skill of rafting guides who are trained to offer you maximum fun with proper safety measures.
How to become a professional rafting guide?
There are various Institutes across India offering training in various Adventure sports including leisure watersports. These institutes have different courses that don’t require prior experience in any of the Adventure sport. All you are expected to come with zeal to learn and some excitement.
Some of these Institutes are:
Indian Himalayan center for Adventure and Eco-tourism (IHCAE)
Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism (IHCAE) located ideally at the hilltop of Chamchey village in Sikkim is established in the year 2009. This one of a kind institute is a haven for nature enthusiast having some zeal for adventure sports. Situated close to popular treks, and snow-fed rivers such as Teesta and Rangeet, the institute aims to encourage the youth in taking up adventure sports as a serious profession.
White water rafting course – IHCAE takes a special interest in making sure they offer quality training in one of the most popular water sports in India. There are 3 levels of courses conducted here.
1) Basic course
2) Intermediate course
3) Advance course
It begins with basic understanding and reading of water, river rafting equipments, steering strokes and techniques, safety procedures and rescue strategies and other techniques related to White water rafting.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS)
It is one of the largest Adventure sports training institutes in India. Situated in Manali, of Himachal Pradesh the adventure bed of India, it has successfully inculcated the youth in taking up adventure sports as a profession. There are many participants from across the country come here to get trained in various adventure activities. They specialize in Mountaineering, Water sports, skiing, trekking, Adventure activities such as rappelling, rock-climbing, river crossing, etc.
Water sports are one of the popular courses in the Institute that attracts people from all over the country. These popular courses are as mentioned below
1) The basic water sports course (12 yrs onwards)
2) Basic White water rafting course (14 yrs onwards)
3) Advanced Water sports course (14 yrs onwards)
National Institute of Watersports (NIWS)
National Institute of Watersports (NIWS) located in Goa, is one of the first institutes in South East Asia covering all the activities of Watersports disciplines such as Water skiing, river rafting, Kayaking, Windsurfing, sailing, Lifesaving, and boat handling. There are some interesting and unique courses being offered here. This was developed especially for water sports professionals, managers and those who are interested in learning the skill.
Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and winter sports
This institute was established at 1983 near Pahalgam of Jammu and Kashmir. It has been training adventure lovers ever since. It aims at providing training in numerous adventure activities such as Mountaineering, Skiing and various others. However, River rafting is something that is conducted in River Lidder in Pahalgam on special requests and number of participants.