Calm water in a packraft

Packraft 102 - Whitewater Skills

Price: $350 + gst

Dates: May 27+28; June 3+4 | June 10+11; June 17+18 | June 24+25 | July 115+16; July 22+23 | email for custom dates/groups

Packrafting in the latest newest craze in Paddlesports. Packrafts are lightweight, highly manoeuvrable, fun and forgiving personal watercraft.  Yukan Canoe Packraft 102 teaches you  whitewater skills you will need for River or Creek Paddling.  We utilize curriculum developed by the American Packrafting Association and focus on learning technique.  We provide a safe, supportive yet challenging environment for you to learn & practice.   Packraft 102 builds on Packraft 101

2 full river days

We use a combination of Takhini, Watson & Wheaton Rivers

9am – 6pm each day

Our fleet comprises of Alpacka and Kokopelli self bailing packrafts complete with Thigh straps and deck bags.

All equipment including drysuits is provided.  (Running shoes are required)

Packraft 101 is a prerequiste course for Packraft 102. We have split the course for flexibility.



Course Curriculum

Packraft 102 builds on Packraft 101 which is a prerequisite for this course

  • Outfitting for River Running/Whitewater and safety considerations
  • Personal Equipment– Drysuits, layers, footwear, helmet, pfds, throw bag
  • River Hydrology– currents, what makes a rapid, eddy lines, holes, wave trains
  • River Hazards– Sweepers, trees, rocks, Cold water, hydraulics
  • River Maneuvers– Front/back ferries, eddy turns, eddy exits, using currents to your advantage
  • Playboating-Surfing, catching Micro eddies, boofs, wave trains
  • Rapid-running Strategies
  • Safety- Swimming, self rescues, re entry while in current, group rescues,
  • Repair-emergency field repairs of packrafts and gear
  • Wilderness tripping, judgement and next steps

Low Student Instructor Ration. 5:1 Max

We build skills not thrills by challenging you with harder maneuvers on easier water with lower consequences. Our goal is to provide you with an optimal learning environment to keep your learning high by finding the right level of challenge for each student.  Our courses spend more time paddling than other courses.
Course will be taught on a combination of or entirely on Takhini, Wheaton or Watson Rivers based on Water Levels and conditions at the time of the course. Quality learning and Safety are our focus.

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