PACKRAFTING RIVER RUNNING COURSE & MULTI-DAY JOURNEY

Dates: Saturday 17th to Monday 19th April 2021

Duration: 3-day river journey

Venue: Alum Cliffs section of the Mersey River in NW Tasmania (near Mole Creek)

Accommodation: Own tent/tarp/bivvy bag

Fee: $540 for Paddle Australia members    

        $655 for non-members plus $20 for single event entry (To become a member visit: https://tas.paddle.org.au/membership/  )

Details: Paddle Tasmania will be conducting a 3-day river journey focusing on river running, river reading skills, group & safety management plus basic whitewater paddling techniques. This course is designed to compliment the technical paddling courses that have been offered in the past and focuses on additional skills to keep others and yourself safe on river journeys. As a bonus the course takes place in a highly scenic gorge and a beautiful part of Tasmania.

The course will operate at two levels – for those that want to develop their own river running skills and gain confidence in organising their own multi-day packrafting adventures as well as those that want to develop their group river management and on-water leadership skills. It is ideal for those who have completed a beginner packraft course as well as some form of river rescue training (e.g. one day ‘Level 1’ course) OR an intermediate packraft course. It is also suitable for more experienced paddlers that are looking to learn to take more responsibility for others on the water or considering going for a whitewater packraft guide or instructor qualification in the future.

All participants need to be comfortable with being self-sufficient and organising themselves with gear and food for a 3-day trip. It is not necessary though that participants have previously completed an overnight paddling trip. This section of the Mersey will be done at an environmental release level so although there are a lot of excellent rapids to learn on they will not be as challenging as the write up below (i.e. at the levels that kayakers usually paddle it). The vast majority of the rapids are at a grade 2 or 2+ level with the group doing a mandatory portage around one larger harder rapid. A couple of rapids are 3- but all rapids can be portaged if needed. This is a great trip to get comfortable with reading and running grade 2 rapids! It will though be a reasonably intense/busy program.

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