Skill & Safety Course ( Canterbury )

From NZD NZ$499.00
  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Hurunui, Canterbury
  • Product code: SafetyCanterbury

Packrafting Crash Course ( Beginner & Intermediate )

Please Note : To make the worth while for us coming up we would need a min of 10 people signing up for this course.

We combined our two courses the basic & our intermediate course. We will run every course with 2 instructors to split the group in case we have a big gap in skills & knowledge.

We are working on a layout to add an extra day for those who want more advanced stuff or practise.

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


This Course is designed for packrafting newbies with limited knowledge about river / moving water and limited knowledge about packrafting as a sport . We will teach you the basics you'll need to know to get a safe and enjoyable start into the world of packrafting.

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 : Hurunui 

We will be camping out from Sat to Sun so you need to bring your camping gear and food

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


If you have any question please feel free and email us.

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.


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