Intermediate & Beginner Whitewater Packraft Courses, March 14-15 2020

Dates: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, 2020

Venue: Forth River Whitewater Course

Accommodation: Camping (own tents) at main venue

Fee: $295 includes 2-day course and camping (both Friday and Saturday nights)

Course Numbers: Note that for the course to run there will need to be a minimum number of 4 participants signed on however if the course is cancelled a full refund will be offered. Spaces are limited so don’t delay registering.

Start/Finish Times: Course officially starts at 9:00 am Saturday 14th and concludes approximately 3:30 pm Sunday 15th March.

Details: Paddle Tasmania will be conducting a Whitewater Packrafting Course at the Forth Whitewater Course in northern Tasmania that can accommodate both intermediate and beginner participants. The intention is to have three instructors involved to allow for a wide range of students, from novices to those who regularly packraft on grade 3 rivers. Where appropriate students will split into small groups to work on skills at their specific level.

Camping: There is really nice camping at the Forth Whitewater Course site with participants welcome to camp both Friday and Saturday nights. The site has basic toilet facilities however that is all. Friends/relatives of participants who are not undertaking the course are also welcome to camp although am additional fee of $10 pp per night is required. Advanced

Instructors: The course will be run by Paddle Australia Advanced Whitewater Instructors Dan Hall and Mark Oates and whitewater Instructor Vicky Bonwick.

Who is it for? It is ideally suited to those who currently paddle grade 2 rivers as well as those who are aspiring to learn to paddle grade 3 safely & competently. The focus of this course is on developing safety and technical knowledge specific to packrafts being used on grade 2+ whitewater. There will number of in-water practical components and all participants should be prepared for sessions involving capsizes plus swimming and wading in moving water (wetsuits are highly recommended or drysuits if available).

Location Details: Drive approximately 8km south of Forth towards Wilmot and look on the left for a large sign next to a gate that indicates ‘Tasmanian Canoe Club’. Toilets are located up towards the road with camping down on the river flats. On Google Maps the location is listed as Forth River Whitewater Course:

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Equipment: Participants will need their own packraft & all personal paddling gear including a decent whitewater paddling helmet and PFD (Personal Floatation Device). Participants also need to provide all of their own camping gear. Please aim to bring all food for the duration of the course as there will be minimal time to shop for food. If required, a small number of self-bailing packrafts with thigh straps can be hired for the course @ $40 per day – this needs to be arranged directly with Mark Oates prior to the course and not via Paddle Tasmania. Contact mark.oates.outdoors@gmail.com directly to arrange hire.

Alternatively packrafts can be hired through:

Topics covered will include:

  • Packraft Design & Outfitting Options
  • Personal Protective Clothing & Paddling Equipment
  • Group Safety Considerations & Equipment
  • River Communications
  • Defensive and Aggressive Swimming in Moving Water
  • Throwbagging Techniques and Practice
  • Self and Assisted Rescues
  • On River Group Management
  • Understanding Moving Water
  • Basic Technical Paddling Strokes
  • Paddling Techniques for Entering and Exiting Eddies
  • The Advantages of utilising Cross-Current Momentum
  • Using Position, Angle, Speed, Edging, Eyes and Strokes to achieve an objective
  • Strategies for paddling as a Team
  • Improvisation techniques for lost paddle, lost boat, injured paddler scenarios
  • Resources for exploring Tasmania’s rivers

To register click here