2021 Packraft Courses with Jule Harle

I team up with reputable Alaskan outfitters to offer packraft skills & whitewater safety courses. I’ve am ACA certified, a Swiftwater Rescue Technician & have 15 years of teaching experience.

Private instruction & customized courses available. Please inquire & book early.


Introduction to Packrafting 101 is a single day course designed to teach novice paddlers how to use & paddle a packraft, river safety basics & how to execute entry-­level packraft trips. This course starts from ground zero, even covering & explaining gear basics & use. Perfect for the “never ever” packrafter OR someone who has been in a packraft a few times (or other river watercraft) without any formal instruction or training. Most of these courses are offered later in the day- so you can learn to packraft after work- thanks Alaskan sunshine 😉

Level 1 Dates 2021

Friday May 6th, Co-ed

  • Host: Packrafting Alaska
  • Instructor: Jule Harle
  • Location: Eagle River Campground Section
  • Time: 4-9pm
  • Cost: $160


The Whitewater Intro course is designed for those interested in packrafting more challenging rivers and executing longer wilderness trips.  Time is spent learning to read river features, catch eddies, ferry and boat control while maneuvering through class II-III whitewater. River safety & group management are introduced. This course is NOT appropriate for someone’s first time in a packraft (unless they have experience paddling other small watercrafts on rivers)

Level 2 Dates 2021

May 7th, Co-ed


Level 3 courses are 2-3 days in length. These courses are designed for someone who has packrafted class II or III, but wants to refine their whitewater paddling technique & practice packraft specific river safety/rescue skills. We spend time refining our river reading, eddy catching, ferrying & reading/running rapids, but really stress & practice rescue “o shit, now what do I do?” scenarios. Efficient self rescue, group rescue, rescue swimming & throw rope use are prioritized. Wilderness/remote paddling considerations are also taught. These skills are essential in paddling remote Alaskan rivers.

Level 3 Dates 2021

May 15-16th: WOMEN’S COURSE

  • Host: Packrafting Alaska
  • Instructor: Jule Harle
  • Location: Goose Lake, Eagle River & Willow or section on Sixmile Creek
  • Time: 9am-6pm both days
  • Cost: $300


  • Host: Kennicott Wilderness Guides
  • Instructor: Jule Harle & Betsy Bradbury
  • Location: McCarthy, AK. Kennicott, McCarthy Creek & Nizina or Lakina rivers
  • Time: 9am-7pm Sat-Sun. Monday is an optional FLY OUT WILDERNESS RIVER DAY! This course is a special one- spend 2 days learning & refining your whitewater skills in the Wrangell St.Elias National Park. The final day is a fly out wilderness day trip on either the Nizina or Lakina Rivers. (water level dictates where we go)
  • This is a hands on, experiential opportunity to execute a wilderness river trip with support, guidance & other rad ladies! Leave feeling prepared with the tools & knowledge you need to plan your own river adventures. Rare opportunity!
  • Cost: $325 for 2 days or $475 for 3 days (not including backcountry flight cost)
  • Rental options available

June 15-16, CO-ED COURSE

  • Host: Packrafting Alaska
  • Location: Goose Lake, Eagle River & Sixmile Creek (between canyons 1-2)
  • Time: 9am-6pm both days
  • Cost: $300


If you have questions about the course or your skill level you can reach Jule at: 218-343-5913 or alaskayogaadventures@icloud.com

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