Packraft Courses

Courses are 1-3 days in length and vary in level/difficulty. They are often taken as a progression, to better cover the skills that you need to safely paddle wilderness rivers on your own.

Courses focus not only on the paddling skills needed to push deeper into the wild rivers of Alaska, but incorporate both self and group rescue techniques, risk management, trip planning and good “on the water” decision making.

Groups are small- allowing for personalized attention & instruction.

Individual and private group courses/dates are available; a great option if you’d like to create a custom course meeting your groups objectives, skill set, or with specific dates in mind.

Don’t see dates you like? Just ask- additional courses can often be added.

Courses fill quickly. Registration is first come first serve & confirmed after payment in full. Email alaskapackraftschool@gmail.com to secure your space.

We start from ground zero- but you’ll leave with a strong foundation in packrafting basics.  Perfect for the “never ever” packrafter or those who have had some exposure/paddled a few times, but without formal instruction.  This course exposes you to the essentials of packrafting.

  • Length: 5-6 hrs (1 day)
  • Difficulty: Class I
  • Venue: Eagle River
  • Cost: $150
  • 6 participants max

2022 LEVEL 1 COURSE DATES:

After work weekdays: 4-9pm
Fridays: 10-3pm
Weekends: 10-3pm
  • Fri May 6th
  • Tue May 17th
  • Wed May 18th (FULL)
  • Thu May 19th
  • Fri May 6th
  • Fri May 13th
  • Fri May 20th
  • Sat May 7th
  • Sun May 8th
  • Sat May 14th (FULL)
  • Sun May 15th
  • Sat June 4th
  • Sun June 5th (FULL)

LEVEL 1 CURRICULUM & ITINERARY

LEVEL 1 GEAR LIST & RENTAL COSTS

LEVEL 2: WHITEWATER ESSENTIALS

This course is for paddlers with previous packrafting experience wanting to strengthen their ability to read and paddle class II-III rivers.  

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 course, swiftwater rescue training, or mastery of Level 1 curriculum (from personal experience or other courses/training).

  • Length: 20 hrs (2.5 days)
  • Difficulty: Class II-III
  • Venue: Goose Lake, Eagle River, possibly Willow Creek (TBD)
  • Cost: $375
  • 5 participants max

2022 LEVEL 2 COURSE DATES

Midweek:
  • May 24-26th
  • June 7-9th
  • June 28-30th
Weekends:
  • May 20-22nd (FULL)
  • June 10-12th (FULL)
  • June 17-19th
  • July 22-24th

….and a special Memorial Day Weekend May 28-30th “WOMENS COURSE” with Kennicott Wilderness Guides in McCarthy. Check it out!

Contact KWG to register

LEVEL 2 ITINERARY & CURRICULUM

LEVEL 2/3 GEAR LIST & RENTAL COSTS

LEVEL 3: ADVANCED WHITEWATER SKILLS & SAFETY

This course is for those with previous whitewater packrafting experience wanting to strengthen paddle skills & boat control in class III whitewater.  Participants must be skilled/proficient with self rescue, river safety and have prior experience reading and paddling up to class III whitewater with adequate boat control.  This course is geared towards the aspiring class IV boater, or those seeking refine their whitewater paddling technique & rescue skills.  

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 course, swiftwater rescue training, or mastery of level 2 curriculum (from personal experience or other courses/training). 

  • Length: 20 hrs (2.5 days)
  • Difficulty: Class III
  • Venue: Goose Lake, Eagle River, Willow Creek
  • Cost: $375
  • 4 participants max

2022 LEVEL 3 COURSE DATES:

  • June 14-16th
  • July 8-10th (FULL)
  • July 15-17th

LEVEL 3 CURRICULUM & ITINERARY

LEVEL 2/3 GEAR LIST & RENTAL COSTS

WEEK OF RIVERS: August 1-5, 2022

This is a 5 day “hybrid” course- the first 2 days focus on Level 3 skill development & safety practice before embarking on a new river each day; this is a tour of Alaska’s best Class III/III+ day trips. A week of skill progression and exploration.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 or 3 course, swiftwater rescue training, or mastery of level 2-3 curriculum. This is also a hiking trip! Participants must be able to hike off trail with a 20-30 lb backpack for 3-4 hrs. Paddlers must be able to self-rescue. 

Length: 5 days
Difficulty: Class III/III+
Venues: Eagle River, Willow Creek, Caribou Creek, Chickaloon River, Kings Canyon
Cost: $850
4 participants max

Testimonials

“The packraft skills and rescue course I took with Jule provided me with basic skills and confidence to be a better partner and feel competent packrafting. I learned how to begin reading water, basic safety for me and those around me, basic paddle strokes, and some good tips. Jule is a gifted teacher; she provides great progression and feedback and a safe learning environment.  I am new to packrafting, so this course provided me with what I needed to begin small adventures comfortably. The best parts were getting hands on experience practicing solo and partner rescue, and learning and practicing paddling basics.”

-Jane Boerr

Last summer, I bought a pack raft, and told myself that I was going to try a new adventure sport. Logically, I needed an introduction to whitewater safety, reading rivers, and general paddle skills. Not only did Jule equip me with the basics, but she provided the foundation for falling in love with the river. Since this course, I have reflected frequently on the skills that she emphasized, and advanced steadily. Although initially only wishing to pursue mellow floats, after this course, I have been chasing class II/III rapids with respectful delight! As I continue to grow as a paddler, I will be joining Jule for a refresher every year, this year dragging my husband along as well!

-Alex Davis

If you’ve spoken with the school (via phone or email) and you’re ready to pay to reserve your space, use the PayPal buttons below:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE CANCELLATION POLICY BEFORE PAYING

LEVEL 1 COURSE

I’ve connected with the school & am ready to signup & pay for this course. This is a 1 day course, gear rental is not included. (This is a separate cost, contact school for availability). I have read and accept the cancellation policy.

$150.00

LEVEL 2 COURSE

I’ve connected with the school- I’m ready to signup & pay for this course. This is a 2.5 day course, gear rental is not included. (This is separate cost, see gear rental cost link & inquire about availability) I have read and accept the cancellation policy.

$375.00

LEVEL 3 COURSE

I’ve connected with the school & am ready to signup & pay for this course. This is a 2.5 day course, gear rental is not included. (This is a separate cost, contact school for availability). I have read and accept the cancellation policy.

$375.00

Email me for more info: alaskapackraftschool@gmail.com. Reach me at: 218-343-5913