Skill & Safety Course ( Southland )

From NZD NZ$499.00
  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Mavora Lakes, Southland
  • Product code: SafetySouthland

Packrafting Skills & Safety Course (Beginner & Intermediate)

Our 2 day Packrafting Skills & Safety Course is simply the best on the market.  Our expert, experienced and professional instructors have trained over 1500 people in the sport of Packrafting.  All our instructors are SSI qualified and have over 5 years experience in teaching packrafting skills and safety.  Our instructors were chosen to train the Godzone teams and supported the race with Packrafting Safety Checks.

Our packrafting Skills & Safety Course runs over 2 days and teaches you everything you need to know to start packrafting safely.  Whilst we do teach you how to get out of trouble our main focus is ensuring that you don't get yourself into tricky situations to start with!

The Course Covers:

  • Everything you need to know about your packraft - maintenance, set up, packing, care, etc
  • Paddling skills
  • Reading the river
  • Avoiding hazzards
  • White water swimming
  • and much, much more

Group Numbers & Ability Levels

Our maximum group size is 15 guests.  We have two instructors on each course, this allows us to work to peoples individual skill levels if required.


Feel free to drop us and email or give us a call if you have questions about what will be covered in the course. 


phone: 03 445 3080

Prerequisits :

  • adequate fitness level 
  • Swimming ability 
  • The desire to learn something new
  • sense of adventure

Course start : Sat 8:30am unless we will tell you anything else. Please be there at 8:00am !

Course Finish : Sunday about 16:30pm 

Location : Mavora Lakes - between the two lakes ( you'll see our Van )

We will be camping out from Sat to Sun so you need to bring your camping gear and food - camping fees are NOT included in the price so please look after that when coming onto the campgrounds. You don't have to stay at the campgrounds overnight but we might do some fun stuff in evening.

Camping Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite. 

We will be emailing everyone couple days before the course so you guys can organise car sharing if needed.

Equipment Rental

If you don't have your own packrafting gear we can hire you all the kit you need for the course for a reduced fee of NZ$150 however it is highly recommended you bring your own kit if you can.

Special Deal

Don't forget by signing up for this course you get an automatic 15% discount on any goods purchased through our online store!

This could mean that if you purchase your gear through us you get the Safety Course for FREE!

Course overview : 

Day 1

  • Our Philosophy
  • Introduction to Packrafts
  • Packraft Basics
  • Personal Protective Gear 
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance
  • River Communication / General Communication
  • Swimming basics
  • Paddling Fundamentals
  • Rescue & Self Rescue fundamentals
  • Whitewater Fundamentals
  • Knots
  • Throwbags

Day 2

  • Review Knots
  • Basic anchors
  • Swimming in dynamic river environment
  • Paddling in dynamic river environment
  • Practise Self & Buddy Rescue 
  • River Crossing
  • Rescue Scenarios

What are you waiting for?  

Simply select your preferred date from the drop down list and book yourself on the next course.   Make sure you and your mates are safe on the water!