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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.

The Packrafting Course Level 1

$500.00

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Packrafting beginner course

Beginner Skill & Safety Course.  This two-day course 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.

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.

Packrafting beginner course

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

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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 tips under your belt, then join us at one of our skill development clinics to up your skills or intermediate course. 

Choose your Course Start Date

23rd Oct 2021, 13th Nov 2021, 11th Dec 2021, 8th Jan 2022, 5th Feb 2021, 5th March 2022, 2nd April 2022

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