About British Columbia River Outfitters Association

Mandate of the BCROA

The BC River Outfitters Association is a not-for-profit Society registered in the Province of British Columbia. We are wholly supported through membership dues and operate with a volunteer board executive and staff.

The mandate of the BCROA is:

  1. To represent the interests of commercial river outfitters in discussions with government and other agencies;
  2. To promote a high standard of safety and operations in the river outfitter industry; and
  3. To initiate, organize and manage programs to improve the operations for outfitters.

The association will include and represent any commercial river-based operations as members that agree to operate at the BCROA standard. At the present time, membership is focused on the river rafting industry.

The federal and provincial governments have traditionally been involved in different levels of regulation for the river rafting component of our industry. In 2002, the provincial government repealed the Commercial River Rafting Safety Act in favour of the new federal regulations which came into effect in the spring of 2008.  BCROA believes that the new federal standard is lower than those in effect in BC since 1988. The new federal regulations apply to all commercial operations that use inflatable rafts on moving water (including fishing guides and others).

After considering the shift from provincial to federal regulations, the BCROA members voted at our 2002 AGM to voluntarily continue to operate at a minimum standard that is higher than that of the rest of Canada. At the 2006 AGM the members approved a guide certificate program that exceeds the provincial and federal requirements and replaces interim and former government certifications.

Myth-Buster

Myth: Rafting is only for risk takers Busted: Everyone from little kids to 95 year olds, the meekest of men, and even people who are wheelchair bound have been on rafting trips in B.C. Most operators offer one or two float trips, which are little more than a drift with the current on a moving lake. All you need is an interest in nature and being outdoors. Call the company you plan to go with to find out what they recommend for a mellow option.

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