Safety and Trip Planning

One of APA’s most important goals is to ensure that packrafters, novices and veterans alike, approach the sport with a conservative and respectful attitude, and carry with them appropriate equipment, skills, and knowledge for their selected itinerary. Safe packrafting is critical for protecting our values:

  • Safety: Let’s keep our family, friends, rescuers, and bystanders safe from packrafting accidents.
  • Wildlands: Let’s protect the wild country that we love to explore by reducing the need for costly rescues that damage wildlands resources and values.
  • Access: Let’s minimize our physical and social impacts, and behave responsibly to ensure that packrafting always has a place on public and private lands.

Here are some of the projects and campaigns we are working on to promote safety in the sport of packrafting:

  • Working with regional outfitters to provide affordable swiftwater safety and paddling skills clinics for packrafters around the USA
  • APA sponsored outings to provide education and mentorship
  • An annual Packraft Roundup to build community, mentorship, and education
  • Maintaining a vibrant packrafters forum……to share information
  • Helping to arrange speakers and special events with valuable safety messages


Below is a list of  companies that offer packraft specific Swiftwater Safety courses in the U.S. If you know of others that are not on this list, please email us at 

Alaska Kayak Academy 

Kennicott Wilderness Guides 

Sierra Rescue

Swiftwater Safety Institute 

Traverse Alaska



Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014