The Founder

The founder of Ativa, Otto Hassler is born in a small town in the Black Forest in southern Germany. Nature lover since teenager he explored the Black Forest and the Central Alps by foot and kayak in numerous trekking and expeditions.

He moved to Brazil in 1984 and lived in Dr. Pedro, a small town in the mountains of Santa Catarina, surrounded by the Rain Forest. He explored new trails, rivers, streams and waterfalls and he founded the Canoeing Club of Benedito Novo.

From 1993 he worked as a mountain guide for groups of ecological tourism in various parts of Brazil, activity that he still performs nowadays. He is teacher of Eco-tourism, founder of the Association of Vale das Águas and consultant in Eco-tourism and Adventure Tourism. In 1999 he won the title the Quality of Life Award from the Federation of Ecological Entities and in 2007 the Prize Imbuia bys commitment to the environment.

For three years (1998-2001) he was Director of Rafting on the Brazilian Canoeing Confederation and today he is still being Director of the Santa Catarina Canoeing Federation.

He organized six Brazilian rafting championships of rafting, he made the course of international judge for the IRF (International Rafting Federation) and participated in many international events like the World Nature Games in 1997, World Rafting Championship in South Africa in 1999 and Camel White Water Challenge in Zambia 2001.

He organized several expeditions and trips in remote areas of Santa Catarina, Bahia, Piauí, Pará, Maranhão, Amazonas and Amapá, Pororoca expedition in 2001. He made many exploratory descents on rivers and waterfalls all over Brazil and still discovered new places with potential tourism in Brazil.

As a consultant and partner cares now part of the company's institutional, social actions and formatting new routes and partnerships. Even so also he participates in commercial activities like abseiling and rafting guide whenever possible.

Otto Hassler founded Ativa Rafting and Adventures in November 1994.

Otto Hassler founded the Ativa Rafting e  Aventuras in November 1994.Otto Hassler founded the Ativa Rafting e Aventuras in November 1994.



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