Packrafting Level 1 - Fundamentals

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Event Details


Ascent Guides Packrafting level 1 is an introductory, one day course, for paddlers looking to develop their general packrafting and paddling skills. This course will prepare you for basic and intermediate level trips. This course will teach you how to recreate on flat water and moderate moving water safely. You will become proficient in packing, inflating and repairing your packraft, paddle techniques, and become comfortable with considerations for single day and basic overnight trips.  

Event Details

As a requirement of participation with Ascent Fraser Valley Guides and Mountain School, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the beginning of the activity.

Course Duration: 1 days (8-10 hours) 

Course Locations: 

  • Sea to Sky: Squamish/Mamquam River
  • Fraser Valley: Chilliwack River 

Class Ratio: 1:8 Guide to Guest 

Course Overview: 

The West Coast of North America is home to some of the best lake paddling and coastline paddling on earth, and there is no better way to explore the backcountry than to paddle your way through it. This course is designed to give packrafters the necessary skills to paddle their packrafts largely on flatwater and easy rivers. For paddling up to Class III whitewater and planning and executing longer wilderness packrafting trips please see Packrafting Level 2. 

The day will commence on dryland and will progress to on-the-water instruction which focuses on building a foundation of paddling, water awareness and trip planning skills. The venues for this course offer a great progression from safe and fun flatwater lake paddling through to basic river running. 

Participant Expectations: 

  • Participants should be comfortable swimming with a PFD 
  • Participants should be prepared to spend a full day outside in a range of weather conditions 
  • Participants will be responsible for staying fed and hydrated through the day 


Gear Required: *

  • Single person Packraft**
  • PFD (non-inflatable model)
  • Paddle
  • Dry suit (strongly encouraged)
  • Whistle
  • Neoprene gloves or pogies (optional)
  • Closed toe shoes: paddling shoes or runners
  • Dry bag or bow bag for keeping gear dry
  • Helmet (in good repair)
  • Food
  • Hot drink in a thermos (if you get cold)
  • Dry/warm Clothes & a Towel
  • Water bottle


*It is the clients responsibility to secure equipment prior to the course or trip. If renting through Mt. Waddington Outdoors, you will receive a 10% discount code for online rentals. Please allow adequate time to acquire your rental gear, specifically if shipment is required.

**Packraft availability varies from Mt. Waddington Outdoors. Please secure a packraft well before the course date.

Venue: Chilliwack River



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