World champions Amy Tipling and Kim Dodd – members of the under-23 R6 women’s team that blitzed the field at the recent World Rafting Championships in Rotorua – learned to love the thrill of whitewater rafting at TPP.

They were both working in Canada when the call came to join the team. With six in the raft and one reserve, the hand picked group trained hard in the weeks before the championship. They competed in four events: time trial, head to head, slalom and down river.

‘We had no idea how we would go, but were strong right off the mark, worked well together and gave it our all. We had an ideal combination of powerful paddlers, good technical skills and river knowledge,’ says Amy. They describe taking part in the world championships as thrilling and winning as wonderful.

Amy and Kim met as students on the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding programme and bonded over their shared passion for rafting and kayaking. Since completing the diploma, they’ve honed their skills as professional rafting guides, working back-to-back seasons in New Zealand and overseas.

‘It can be hard to find work in outdoor education or adventure tourism without some sort of qualification,’ says Kim. ‘The diploma teaches a broad range of useful and transferrable skills. It’s practical, fun, full on learning, and opens up a whole lot of exciting opportunities.’

For more information about Outdoor Education at TPP, free phone 0800 800 411, email info@tpp.ac.nz, or check out our website, www.tpp.ac.nz.