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Packrafting Course Level 1

REDEFINING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Get all the basic skills to start your packrafting journey safely

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Packrafting beginner course

Level 1

Our Packrafting beginner course (IPIA Level 1 ) is a two-day course and it is the perfect introduction to packrafting for those that want to learn enough to head out on their own to gain more experience but do so safely.  It is suitable for first-time packrafters with limited paddling experience.

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things we do on our Packrafting Level 1 course 

Packrafting beginner course

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • Course length is 2 days, down here in Te Anau 
  • The online learning component of 8 to 10 hours   
  • The course introduces the basic skills you’ll need to start your Packrafting journey.
  • The focus is on skills and knowledge you actually use rather than ones you won’t.  
  • Courses run from Oct to March or on request (min numbers apply)
  • The minimum age is 15
  • The course is based on confidence and skill progression. We can and will, tailor the experience to your own personal abilities. 

The Course Content

  • Equipment (use and care)
  • Field repair–tips & tricks
  • Swimming and general water confidence 
  • Self-rescue & buddy assistance
  • Dealing with currents
  • Swift-water entry ( optional ) 
  • Aggressive & defensive swimming position
  • Decision making
  • Hazards & river dynamics
  • Basic paddle strokes
  • Using eddies

Packrafting beginner course

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

We are starting at 8:30 am at Packrafting New Zealand HQ to meet the team and sort out the kit for the day. The rest of the day we will spend on our local Pond to learn all the basics. You will learn, basic paddle strokes, self and buddy rescue, swift water swimming position ( passive and aggressive ), swimming with a paddle, and of course inflating and deflating your boat :-). If you signed up for the course only, your day will end around the 3 pm mark. For those who come with us onto our Hollyford Pyke expedition, you’ll have a bit longer to go. 

Day 2

We build on the training from the first day and practice all the learned skills in and on a real river 🙂 Our main location will be on the Waiau River near the Monowai power station. In general, we will leave town at 8 am ( after a coffee of course ). We are aiming to be back in town by around 5 pm. 

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • To sort your accommodation for the weekend in Te Anau 
  • Food in form of snacks for 2 active days in and on the water
  • Warm layers/pants and tops / some thick socks ( polypro recommended for under the wetsuit / dry suit ) 
  • Reasonable fitness will make things easier ( upper body strength will help and a reasonable technique in freestyle swimming ) 
  • Great sense of adventure ( and humor ) definitely an advantage!

OTHER THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND

If you have your own packrafting gear we strongly recommend that you use it for the course as it is important to get practice with your own kit. If you don’t have your own kit yet though, don’t worry, we have a full kit you can hire for the course for free.

Please NOte

This is not a rescue course. Rather, this course is aimed towards giving you the skills and confidence to avoid situations requiring rescue in the first place. Most beginner paddlers simply do not have the experience or skills to actually be active participants in a rescue scenario involving moving water. We recommend you gain experience after the course by paddling lots of up to grade 2 water, both on the day and multi-day trips. Once you have a few good trips under your belt, then join us at one of our skill development clinics or join us on our intermediate/advanced expedition on the longest waterfall in New Zealand ( The Wairaurahiri ) to up your skills. Challenge yourself with 20km of class 2 action. 

Need more information on our packrafting beginner course?

Not sure if this is for you? Need more info...
Send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

the weather in fiordland

The weather in Fiordland can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; the close proximity of towering mountains and the ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day. Fiordland is one of the wettest places on the planet.

Summer months average around 20°C but the evenings can be a little cooler. Winter temperatures average around 10°C on the coast with the evenings much colder.It is not unusual to experience both summer and winter conditions and temperatures on the same day!

It is important to be prepared for the worst conditions carry the appropriate clothing at all times. In the event of extreme weather, your safety is our priority and parts of the day may need to be changed. Any decision to do so is a professional decision made by your guide, please respect their decision as it is based on experience and with your safety in mind.

Regardless of the conditions you experience, sun, rain, a combination of the two, or anything in between, your experience on the course or one of our Expeditions like the  Hollyford/Pyke Loop will be a memorable one

Packrafting beginner course

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Becky Jade Kinnear
Becky Jade Kinnear
2021-03-31T09:04:59+0000
Thanks so much to Arno and Andy for a great level 1 packrafting course. We learnt so much both on and off the water,... picked up lots of new skills and has given us the confidence of what to do if capsizing the boat! Lots of fun over the two days. Let's hope my lost paddle turns up soon!!read more
Michael Dickson
Michael Dickson
2020-01-26T21:18:53+0000
A great intro to packrafting - we did the one day '2 Rivers' trip and Arno and team were awesome - great instruction in... the basics and safety in the morning on the gentle river and then some fun in the afternoon in some more running water. The scenery was spectacular and the rivers pristine - can't wait to go again soon. Big thanks Arno Martenread more
Joshua Osborne
Joshua Osborne
2020-01-06T20:21:21+0000
Really worthwhile course...learned so much, fun and relaxed group, had a great time, ran some 2+ rapids, and was... thoroughly worn out by the end. Couldn't ask for more.read more
Bob Perry
Bob Perry
2019-08-07T06:54:07+0000
A really professional organisation. Excellent instruction and guiding and always willing to organise a flexible... programme that meets your needs. This is the third time that I have packrafted with Arno and his team and I would highly recommend Packrafting NZ to anybody, from beginner to seasoned packrafter.read more
Nick Owen
Nick Owen
2019-04-25T06:23:15+0000
Fantastic day learning to Packraft on the Waiau and Eglinton rivers with Arno. Excellent teaching, skills practice and... beautiful rivers to paddle on. This has already changed the way I look at the mountains, rivers and lakes. I'll be back for more before I plan my first adventure with a Packraft!!!! 🙂read more
Bella King
Bella King
2019-03-24T20:34:32+0000
Andy and Arno are the greatest pair you could hope to have guide you through an epic adventure. So much wisdom to... impart, stories to share and plenty of laughs to be had. Not overbearing or smothering with their expert guidance, happy to help whenever needed and always up for a giggle. Best week of my life doing the Hollyford Pyke loop, cannot recommend this trip and this company/dream team highly enough!! Do yourself a favour and link up with Packrafting NZ now!!! no excuses!read more
Matthew Tyrrell
Matthew Tyrrell
2018-12-25T21:13:04+0000
Great Skills & Safety course taken with Arno and Andy, they did really well to accommodate a group with a wide skill... set and worked with my lack of experience to help push a lot of boundaries. Great fun despite the chilly conditions 🥶read more
Carl Justcarl
Carl Justcarl
2018-02-13T07:03:55+0000
Professional with friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you want the best guides or instructors for packrafting in NZ... these are the guys.read more
Brandon Purdue
Brandon Purdue
2017-09-04T02:56:40+0000
Great folk and great adventures, give packrafting a go, you will have a blast!
Rachel Prasek
Rachel Prasek
2017-02-04T09:15:55+0000
Arno was such a fantastic guide and had us cracking up the whole trip. The sights were absolutely breathtaking and I... would do this 100x over again. It was a truly amazing experience!!!read more
Rachael Roy
Rachael Roy
2016-10-22T01:00:25+0000
Amazing trip great to learn new skills on the water. Loved how much fun it was and to see some spectacular scenery at... the same time. Fabulous way to get around on water and land, it's amazing how you can carry your raft anywhere. Loved it!read more
Astrid Maes
Astrid Maes
2016-10-02T06:43:25+0000
Katrina Tai Peacock
Katrina Tai Peacock
2016-04-02T00:41:58+0000
One of the best trip i have done in New Zealand. 😀
Joel Bilbe
Joel Bilbe
2016-01-22T06:10:26+0000
Absolutely sick day!! The guides are great and the experience in itself is one of a kind. A must do!
Amy Bursten
Amy Bursten
2015-12-29T07:32:41+0000
This was the most relaxing and fun day. It was the highlight of my 9 days in Queenstown. Thanks guys I had a... wonderful time. 🙂read more
Charlie Vale
Charlie Vale
2015-11-09T09:11:52+0000
Best trip in Queenstown. An NZ must do. Go and explore mountains, canyons, rivers and get stuck into the great outdoors... before sleeping under a starry sky after laughs around the camp fire. A once in a lifetime, never forget experience.read more
Corey Bz
Corey Bz
2015-05-17T09:45:07+0000
Mike Friday
Mike Friday
2015-02-14T19:51:43+0000
Jose Orlando Marques
Jose Orlando Marques
2014-12-20T08:33:48+0000
Muito legal!
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Francisco Alves
2014-12-12T02:32:51+0000
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Sherdil Khan Rohani
2014-05-16T16:52:52+0000
Georgie Carrington
Georgie Carrington
2014-05-09T07:11:48+0000
Carmen O'Brien
Carmen O'Brien
2014-04-03T09:03:15+0000
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Carmen O'Brien
2014-04-03T09:03:15+0000
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2014-03-14T06:11:50+0000
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