Intermediate Packrafting Course
Prior to the Packrafting Association of NZ's annual meet up, we're running an intermediate packrafting course in Murchison.
The course is aimed at paddlers who are already confident on grade 2+ rivers and are looking to finesse and improve their grade 3 skills.
We're incredibly lucky to be working with Daan from the NZ Kayak School who is one of the most experienced and highly qualified paddle instructors in the country (and a closet packrafter!).
As with all of our courses, we'll be aiming to cover elements of safety and also improving technical paddling skills. The idea is for students to finish not only as more proficient paddlers, but also better people to go paddling with.
It is expected that participants already understand and have practiced throw bagging, river swimming, river crossing and deep water re-entries as we will be building on these rescue skills.
The paddling coaching will be focused around the needs of individuals but it will be beneficial for participants to be able to effectively move confidently around grade 2+ whitewater, making use of river features and have strong forward paddle and sweep strokes.
Where: Murchison (specific rivers used will be dictated by the conditions and strength of the group)
When: 19th/20th January 2021
Accomodation: Riverside Holiday Park (please make your own arrangements)
What do I need to bring: All of your own packrafting gear and food. If you need additional equipment, please get in touch prior to the course and we can arrange it for you. (Full packing list provided in booking confirmation email)
DaY 1- Becoming an Active Team Member
River running is a team game and the acquisition of safety skill should be journey towards becoming more an asset to any team. We'll be looking at boat based safety skills designed for the fast changing river environment. Along with the physical skills of safety boating we will explore your approach to safety, the need for constant vigilance, positioning and the dynamics of rolling cover as a team. Running the river as a well choreographed team can be every bit as rewarding as any aspect of packrafting.
We'll also explore some slightly more complicated rescues and scenarios and add some rescue tools to the tool box. We'll work on live bait or tethered swimmer skills as well as the considerations around the implementation of these skills in real life.
day 2- Becoming a more Proficient Packrafter
Taking all we've learnt about setting safety together, we'll now have a day of focusing purely on paddling. This is your chance to drill down on the new stroke you've been working on or improve your use of river features. For some this may mean polishing some dynamic strokes or hanging draws. For others it maybe improving the use of cross current momentum or trouble shooting your boof stroke.
Students will leave with more confidence, a set of new skills to work on and a greater understanding of ways of using the river to achieve your goals... and ultimately have more fun out there!
In order to deliver the best course we can, there is a need to maintain some element of flexibility to adapt to river conditions and abilities of the group. If you have specific goals or skills you'd like to work on, please be get in touch prior to the course.
To maximise what you'll get out of the course, some recent practice of some rescue skills along with some paddling will help guard against skill fade and ensure you arrive refreshed and ready to take things to the next level.
$549 per person.