The International Rafting Federation or the IRF is the governing body that overlooks various aspects of whitewater river rafting throughout the world. The IRF has classified the river rapids into six levels- from Class 1 to Class 6, with the difficulty increasing as the Class increases. The IRF also organizes an annual World Rafting Championship wherein professional rafters from different countries compete against each other to be declared the winner.
The International Rafting Federation has also grouped various age levels for competitive rafting starting from Open (ages 15 and above), Youth (15-19), Junior (15-23) and Master (ages 40 and above). The IRF GTE Certification Award is a globally recognized licence for all trained rafters. Mostly, this is the only licence required in most countries, however, some nations might also need the rafter to obtain a regional licence as well. The IRF GTE Certification has several levels including IRF Instructor, IRF Trip Leader and IRF Guide Certifications.
Although there are several government-run and private run institutions that offer rafting courses in India, none of them are licensed by the IRF. These institutions include Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism in Sikkim, Jawahar Institue of Mountaineering and Winter Sports in Pahalgam, National Institue of Watersports in Goa and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali. However, some companies have IRF licensed instructors including Rescue India and Red Chili Adventures in Rishikesh. And IRF license in India can be obtained by training under one of the few IRF certified rafters in India including Bhupendra Singh Rana (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Rescue India and Tsering Chotak (email@example.com) of Wet N Wild Explorations, Ladakh.