At Packraft Europe our packrafting courses focus on the two core fundamentals essential to becoming a good paddler. You can think of these two fundamentals as the foundation on which we stand, just like two legs.
On one leg we have safety and rescue: In order to become safer packrafters we need river reading skills, an understanding of river hydrology, an understanding of the risks involved in moving water, knowledge on how to identify hazards, river communication skills, knowledge about where to position ourselves on the river, self rescue and team rescue skills. We learn how to identify hazards so we can avoid them and we also learn how to rescue ourselves, others and gear when things don’t go as planned.
On the other leg we have paddling skills and techniques: These are needed to become better more efficient paddlers so we can move more easily around the river, avoid the hazards, catch eddies, boof over drops and holes, help others when needed, paddle more challenging rapids and have more fun.
If you are looking for Whitewater Safety and Rescue training only check out our Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician Courses.
OUR PACKRAFTING COURSES
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*Price includes rental of whitewater packrafting equipment: Packraft, Paddle, PFD/ Swim Vest, and helmet.
Introduction to Packrafting: Half Day (4 hours) on class I/II rivers - 60€*
Our Introduction to Packrafting course is ideal for people totally new to packrafting and curious to try it out. You don't need any specific packrafting gear since a packraft, paddle, PFD/ swimvest and helmet are included in the price. It is designed to give you a little overview of packrafting and cover the most common questions you might have, like which gear you need for packrafting, how to inflate the packraft, etc. You will learn basic river reading skills and fundamental paddling techniques.
Whitewater Packrafting Foundation Course (Rescue 3 Certified): 2 days (12hours) on class II/III rivers - 300€*
Our two day whitewater packrafting course is great for people who are thinking about paddling whitewater or have started paddling whitewater. During the course you will learn about the two core fundamentals of becoming a better paddler.
On day 1 we do a Rescue 3 Certified Whitewater Rescue Technician Foundation Course (WRT-F) specifically designed for packrafters. We learn about: River hydrology and hazards, Personal equipment, Personal rescue equipment, River running considerations, Risk assessment, River communications, What to do if your boat or gear gets pinned or stuck in the river, Whitewater swimming techniques, The benefits and dangers of a throw bag and how to use it correctly, Shallow water techniques, Foot / body entrapments, How to self rescue, Flip drills, Rescue techniques to rescue others and gear.
On day 2 we learn about: how to best set up your packraft for whitewater, correct paddling posture, how to hold a paddle correctly, paddling techniques and strokes (Efficient forward paddle strokes, Sweep strokes, Draw strokes, Ferry glides, Eddy in & Eddy out).
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