The Introduction to Whitewater Packrafting course has been developed to promote safety within the packrafting community, provide fundamental skills, and basic safety and rescue knowledge, and on-water experience for those new to paddling whitewater. 

It is also suitable as an introduction for existing packrafters wanting to increase their proficiency and gain a confidence boost to take their paddling to the next level.

​All courses are delivered by friendly, supportive, experienced and qualified registered outdoor education teachers, and paddling/rafting instructors. All instructors have Swiftwater Rescue and Wilderness First Aid training.


This 2-day course is for those wishing to gain the skills, knowledge, ability and confidence to paddle safely in lower grade whitewater environments, learn the basics of self and team rescue, and swift water safety fundamentals, understanding the river, as well as developing paddling techniques that you can use to run rivers more effectively and safely. 

We will work both on-shore and on-river with sessions covering:

  • Packraft set up for whitewater use

  • Personal protective equipment requirements and correct use

  • Safety skills, knowledge and swiftwater rescue concepts

  • Defensive swimming as well as aggressive swimming

  • Throwbag use, performing rescues and being rescued

  • Safe entry and exit 

  • Self and team member (assisted) rescues

  • Paddle strokes and essential paddling techniques

  • River basics, hydrology, hazards, features, moving safely downriver

  • Broad overview of gear, and care

  • Trip planning and packing

  • Field repair basics

  • How to keep your group safe, working as a team, and how to communicate on the river.

  • As well as plenty of time for tips, hints and Q+A along the way.


We will spend a lot of time on the river working on techniques, coaching and moving downriver as a group gaining confidence and working on paddling competence, reading the river, and having a blast.

Course: Introduction to Whitewater Packrafting


Duration: 2 Days


Proposed Dates: Bi-Monthly, July to November. TBA.


Proposed Locations: NSW to be confirmed. Big River, VIC, or Yarra River, VIC


Availability: Yes. Pending confirmation of dates that current restrictions will be lifted.


What is Included: 2 days of instruction in grade 2 whitewater environments. A lot of fun. Some cold water (ok, a lot...).

Discounted hire can be arranged with prior notice if needed, including: packraft, paddle, PFD, helmet and paddling jacket.  

What is not included: Wetsuit or Drysuit (as we will be spending time in the river these are highly recommended). Accommodation, transport, meals, shower facilities. Participants can choose to camp on-site (toilets only) or stay in Eildon or Thornton in accommodation or caravan park with full facilities (approximately 45-minute drive).


What to Bring: Secure footwear for on water. A towel, a change of dry clothes daily, dry shoes, snacks and lunches, a water bottle, sunscreen. You may wish to wear a wetsuit, otherwise a polar fleece jumper (no cotton) and swimmers/bathers.


Cost: $299 p/p


Requirements: Participants must be able to swim. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. There must be a minimum of 2 people for the course to run. If for some reason the course is unable to run due to lack of participants or poor conditions, a full refund or option to rebook will be provided.


Details of the cancellation policy, terms and conditions and participant waiver can be found here.

If you have any question about the course, don't hesitate to contact us. 


Please note: Due to the COVID-19 situation our courses are not currently scheduled for specific dates until restrictions are lifted. To submit an expression of interest or to be kept informed as dates become available please contact us.