FOUNDATION AND FUNDAMENTALS PACKRAFTING & RIVER RESCUE COURSE
Dates: Saturday 11 to Monday 13 February 2023
Duration: 3 days (daytime only)
Venue: Derwent River (north west of New Norfolk)
Accommodation: Own accommodation (e.g. in Hobart or New Norfolk)
Fee: $465 non-members (members 20% discount) plus $20 for those wanting the WWR1 certificate invoiced separately. For those wanting the certificate please inform Mark or Dan on the day or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: Paddle Tasmania will be conducting a 3-day whitewater packrafting course that includes a Level 1 River Rescue Course on the first day that is targeted specifically towards packrafters. This will provide participants with a strong basis for being safe and comfortable on moving water. The following two days will then focus on packraft specific technical paddling skills. It is designed both for those with some experience on whitewater (but no formal prior training) as well as those with no prior experience to whitewater but who are keen to progress onto it.
This course provides the foundation for more technical whitewater packrafting courses and focuses on the fundamentals of key strokes, how to competently catch and exit eddies, how to cross fast strong currents and how to use momentum and moving water to your advantage. Additionally, it ensures that participants have the knowledge and skills to be able to not only look after and self-rescue themselves in a basic whitewater environment but also how to rescue others. Although we often get enquiries from people about skipping this course (because they already have some experience on whitewater) we encourage everyone to undertake it as it provides the basis for all our other courses.
Participants should come prepared and equipped for multiple swimming, wading and
capsizing activities which are particularly a large focus on day 1.
The intention is for the course to take place on grade 2 whitewater on the upper Derwent River about 45 minutes drive north west of Hobart. This will be the case unless the Derwent is in flood and if so, an alternative venue will be used. Participants will be informed via email 24 hours prior to course if the venue needs to be changed.