Rafting in Gabon


whitewater course on an epic river

Written by Jocelyn Broad

Want to gain a whitewater training qualification somewhere a bit…different? How about Papua New Guinea. Sound good? Few companies offer whitewater training anywhere quite as epic as this: welcome to the Adventure Academy expedition to PNG.

White water Rescue Technician training in Papua New Guinea

Locked In: raft PNG inspiration

Let’s set the scene first. If you haven’t already seen Locked In at an adventure film tour screening near you or online, you need to watch it. Now. The river setting of their expedition is not the Watut itself but you’ll get a great feel for the incredible canyons, the tremendous and seemingly endless rapids of Papua New Guinea, and of the enviably remote and wild locations it’s possible to reach in this fabled island paradise.


What whitewater qualification will I get?

OK let’s get back to you. What whitewater qualification can you earn in Papua New Guinea? With the Secret Compass Adventure Academy, you can join a team and earn the Whitewater Rescue Technician (Recreational) qualification on some of the world’s wildest waters: the Watut.

You’ll train on Australia’s infamous Tully river first, before setting off as a team to Papua New Guinea. This ultimate rafting adventure will then see you descend rarely run waters through the almost impenetrable jungles of Papua New Guinea. The descent through canyons, waterfalls and rapids will give you an unparalleled opportunity to discover the country’s landscape of volcanoes and dense rainforest, before ending up with some island-to-island sea kayaking off the coast of Australia. It is indeed a hard life…


Papua New Guinea traditional tribes men carrying out dancing ritual

Whitewater course syllabus

The Whitewater Rescue Technician (Recreational) course will teach you things like how to recognise river hazards and about your personal equipment. You’ll learn about pre-planning, risk assesssment and incident management. You’ll also cover communications, search methods, capsizing techniques and about knots and anchoring types.

This is an internationally recognised course that would normally take two days or 12 hours. As part of the Secret Compass expedition to Papua New Guinea, you’ll learn and practice some elements on Australia’s Tully river before practising them in situ on the Watut. Those who successfully complete the course will receive their Whitewater Rescue Technician (Recreational) qualification at the end of the expedition. Find the full whitewater course syllabus here.


Snorkelling in New Ireland, off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Join a rafting expedition team

Love rafting? Done all the usual stuff and want something different? Or, totally new to the thought of whitewater rafting or packrafting but dead keen to give it a go in a remote and expeditionary setting? Discover Secret Compass’s Team Expeditions to packraft Gabon, raft Mozambique’s Lugenda river, to trek-raft Madagascar from Peak to Sea or indeed to raft the rapids of Papua New Guinea’s epic and wild Watut river.

Get the ball rolling by completing our no-obligation Application Form online or Contact us by mail or phone (+44 207 096 8428) and we’ll look forward to getting you on a team soon. Oh and there’s no harm in a wee bit of R&R at the end, is there…you’ll have earned it!

Papua New Guinea, local children play in the water

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  2. Closing date for entries is 12:00 JAN 19th.
  3. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
  4. The prize includes: 1 ticket valid for one-day entry on either Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st January 2018
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