Rafting in Brazil is organized by the Brazilian Canoe Confederation (CBCa) in the department of rafting with a director and a committee with four members. Otto Hassler has held this position from 1999 to 2002 and continues to occupy the state level.

Rafting competitions in Brazil, at professional level, happens since 1996, when was organized the first Brazilian Championship in the city of Tibagy/PR. At the Nature World Games, in 1997, in Foz de Iguacu, Rafting was inserted as one of the most exciting races. From 2000, the national championships followed the international standard for IRF (International Rafting Federation).

At the international competitions, the Camel White Water Challenge was the most spectacular competition until its last edition in 2001. The World Rafting Championship had its first edition in 1999 and continues until now.

The Pan American Championships occur sporadically due to lack of organizers and sponsors.

Brazil stands out ever more, internationally and in 2003 won the bronze medal with the team Bozo dágua from Brotas in the World Championship in Slovenia.


Both championships, National and International consist of the following modalities:

Shooting Speed:

Individual departure of the rafts, that runs a distance of 300 - 500m preferably in rapids. It has the lowest score of the competition and sets the starting order of the next race.

Sprint Parallel:

Two teams compete simultaneously against each other in an elimination system. The winner of each pair, follow up the competition until there are only two competing for a leadership of this race.
It is also a race that goes on rapids and short distance.


Slalom is a technical test which consists of passing the "Doors" with fewer penalties and in the shortest time possible. Doors are red or green and hanging from cables on the river rapids. The color indicates the direction to be taken by the raft and touching it indicates a penalty in the form of seconds.


Descent mode is the most important of all, so that adds more points in the evaluation system. The total duration of a descent should be a time interval from 20 to 60 minutes depending on the rapids and river access. The start of the race should be in groups of four or more rafts, which ensures lots of excitement for the competitors and to those who are watching.

Besides the national championships, that nowadays have around 25 teams, there are also regional championships in various states and amateurs championships, sponsored by the rafting companies.

Ativa Rafting Festival

Ativa promotes its base in Apiúna / SC annually, since 1995, a Rafting Festival, a competition at the amateur level, especially for our customers. It is one of the biggest amateur Rafting Championships in Brazil and the other bases are following Apiuna´s example organizing regional championships.

Ativa Rafting Team

The Ativa team for competition is formed by the guides of the rafts. We participated as a top team in most national championships, and in 2001 we won the title of National Champion.

It is the second team with largest international experience.

1997 World Nature Games, Foz do Iguacu - 5th Place

1999 Latin American in Costa Rica - 3rd Place

2001 Camel White Water Challenge in Zambia - 12th Place

In last years, the Ativa Rafting Team competes only sporadically in the national championships due to lack of a sponsor.


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