Advanced Packrafting Course

Dates: Saturday September 25 to Monday September 27, 2021

Venue: North-west Tasmania including Mersey White Water Regional Reserve

Accommodation: Arm River Outdoor Education Centre

Fee Members: $452 includes course and 2 nights’ accommodation(Sat & Sun nights)

Non-Members $565includes course and 2 nights’ accommodation(Sat & Sun nights)

Note: Those wishing to sign up for both the Intermediate and Advanced courses the cost will be members $625 for both; non-members $738.

Course Numbers: Spaces are limited to 8 participants with an instructor to student ratio of 1:4. Inclusion in the Course is dependent upon prior experience and at Instructor’s discretion.

Registration closing date: September 15, with all payments to be made by this date.  

Program Outline: Paddle Tasmania will be conducting a 3-day Advanced Whitewater Packrafting Course in north-west Tasmania. The group will stay at the Arm River Outdoor Education Centre for both Saturday and Sunday nights with the aim to utilise a number of different rivers in the region. This hardtop camp is 5-minutes drive from the Mersey White Water Regional Reserve which we intend to use as our initial teaching venue. Although the course is mostly practical it includes some theory and video analysis sessions. The course will conclude on the Monday afternoon at either 4:00 pm near Launceston, or if utilising more remote rivers still in the NW then it will conclude around 3pm (with then a 1.5 hr drive to Launceston).

The course will be run by Paddle Australia Senior Whitewater Instructors Dan Hall and Mark Oates. Additional instructors may also be involved in assisting with the course. It is suited to those who confidently paddle grade 2+/3 rivers and who are aspiring to learn to paddle grade 3/3+/4 safely & competently.Ideally participants will have previously completed an Intermediate Packrafting Course and a river rescue course or have significant equivalent experience.All participants need to be very comfortable with swimming grade 2+ rapids and should have experience with the use of throwbags. If in doubt about your suitability for the Advanced Course please contact either Mark Oates viamark.oates.outdoors@gmail.comor Dan Hall

The focus of this course is on developing technical and safety knowledge specific to packrafts being used on grade 3/3+ whitewater. There will also be considerable emphasis on working as a team to manage challenging river environments safely. Depending on water levels the group MAY have the opportunity to tackle some grade 4 rapids however there will always be the option to walk/portage these.

Note the paddling venues utilised for the course are highly dependent on both water flows and the group’s experience and ability. Ideally we hope to paddle the Mersey Whitewater Course on the Saturday and the Lea on Saturday before heading back through Launceston early on Sunday to paddle the North Esk (less than 20 minutes out of Launceston). The Arm River is also an ideal alternative if at a suitable level. There are also other suitable rivers though that we may paddle instead of those listed. To learn more about the various sections of rivers that the group may potentially utilise see the following links.

Mersey White Water Course

Lea River

North Esk River

Arm River –

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