Packraft Curriculum

Heather Witschard, Molly Tyson, and Andy Tyson hike down the Jago River Valley in the Brooks Range, Alaska

The APA Packrafting Curriculum was developed as a framework for organizations teaching packraft-specific swiftwater rescue training. Because locations and user-groups vary, these documents present topics rather than how the topics should be taught. Our intention is that this curriculum serves as a starting guide and promotes discussion within the packrafting community.   Feedback is welcome and will inform future versions of the curriculum. Please email comments and suggestions to education@packraft.org

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

All information located on the American Packrafting Association’s website, including but not limited to sample skills courses, articles, safety codes, videos, newsletters and other resources, are designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended for the purpose of providing technical advice, standards, or opinions. The information contained on this website may not be appropriate in all circumstances and for all individuals interested in packrafting. Therefore, all individuals obtaining information off of this website or any other American Packrafting Association (APA) resource is strongly encouraged to consult with an expert who is familiar with their particular skill level, expectations, environment, budget, goals, risk tolerance, physical and mental condition, and other personal circumstances. This is particularly important because packrafting has inherent risks, many of which cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity.

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Level 1 Introduction to Packrafting

Course Overview: Introduction to Packrafting courses are designed as short programs emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry-level individuals in the public, private and commercial setting.

 Level 2 Essentials of River Packrafting

Course Overview:The Essentials of River Packrafting course is designed to teach beginner paddlers to safely and enjoyably packraft on gentle rivers.

Level 3 River Packrafting

Course Overview: The River Packrafting course is a program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry-level through intermediate individuals in public, private and commercial settings.

Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014
USA

info@packraft.org