Ascent

Packrafting Level 2 - Whitewater Skills

sharing the past

and

protecting the future

Event Details

Description

The West Coast of North America is home to some of the best whitewater rivers 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 up to Class III whitewater and plan and execute wilderness packrafting trips. 

Each day will be a mix of dryland and on the water instruction building a foundation of paddling, rescue, river awareness and trip planning skills. The venues for this course offer a great progression through classic northwest whitewater with a variety of rapids, features and hazards to navigate. 

This course includes in-­‐depth sessions on topics including: Outfitting & Rigging Your Packraft, Reading Whitewater, River Safety and Self Rescue, Responsibilities and Techniques of River Running, and Trip Planning and Wilderness Considerations.

Event Details

Ascent Guides Packrafting 2 is a comprehensive, 2 day course for paddlers looking to develop their river running and rescue skills and prepare for longer, remote wilderness trips. This course will teach you how to recreate in moving water safely, how the river works, and how to recognize hazards and mitigate them. You will become proficient in rescue techniques, river running, whitewater paddling techniques and wilderness considerations for multi-­‐day trips.

Course Duration: 2 days (8-10 hours per day)

Course Location: 

  • 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 whitewater rivers 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 up to Class III whitewater and plan and execute wilderness packrafting trips.

Each day will be a mix of dryland and on the water instruction building a foundation of paddling, rescue, river awareness and trip planning skills. The venues for this course offer a great progression through classic northwest whitewater with a variety of rapids, features and hazards to navigate.

This course includes in-­‐depth sessions on topics including: Outfitting & Rigging Your Packraft, Reading Whitewater, River Safety and Self Rescue, Responsibilities and Techniques of River Running, and Trip Planning and Wilderness Considerations.

Participant Expectations: 

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

Venue: Chilliwack River (Chilliwack Course) Mamquam River (Squamish Course)

Email: info@ascentfv.com

$400.00

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