Whitewater Packrafting Fundamentals Course, 31 July - 1 August 2021, Gosau, Austria
Our two day whitewater packrafting fundamentals course is great for people who have started paddling whitewater or are thinking about 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 set up a packraft for best fit and performance, 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).
Location: Gosau, Austria. Exact river to be confirmed depending on weather and flow.
- Rescue 3 Europe Whitewater Rescue Technician Foundation (WRT-F) course.
- Paddling skills and technique intruction and coaching.
- Professional guiding and organisation.
- Rental of Whitewater Alpacka packraft, paddle, PFD/ Swim Vest, and helmet.
What to bring:
- Sport shoes that can get wet (i.e. trail runners)
- Non cotton thermal layers to keep warm
- Wetsuit or drysuit
- Drinks, snacks, Lunch
- Waterproof camera
Number of participants: Minimum of 3, Maximum of 6.
This is a whitewater course, we will training and paddling on class II/III sections of river. All participants must be over the age of 18 and be confident swimmers.
COURSE LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.