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Course Whitewater Skills - Packraft
Course Dates 09/10/2021 - 10/10/2021
Closing Date 29/09/2021
Course Information Dates:Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October, 2021

Venue:Forth River Whitewater Course (Link)

Accommodation:Camping (own tents)at main venue

Fee:$340 non-member $284 club members includes 2-day course and camping fees (both Friday and Saturday nights)

Course Numbers:Spaces are limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8, so don’t delay registering.

CancellationPolicy: If the course is cancelled a full refund will be offered.

Start/Finish Times:Course officially starts at 9:00 am Saturday 9thand concludes approximately 3:30 pm Sunday 10thOctober.

Details:Whilst the packrafting community is a wonderfully welcoming community, an all-female learning environment can sometimes remove barriers to participation for some women. PaddleTas hopes to provide this opportunity to build confidence, skills and networks to encourage active engagement in the wider paddling community. The intention is to have two female instructors/guides to allow for a wide range of women, from novices to those who regularly packraft on grade 2 rivers. Where appropriate students will be split into small groups to work on different packraft skills.

Camping:There’s great camping at the Forth Whitewater Course site with participants welcome to camp both Friday and Saturday nights (Vicky will be there from 5pm Friday night). The site has basic toilet facilities only. Friends/relatives of participants who are not undertaking the course are also welcome to camp, although additional fees of $10/head, $15/couple or $5/junior apply.

Instructors:The course will be run by Paddle Australia Packraft Instructor Vicky Bonwick, ably assisted by Jen MacGibbon (who’s probably the most experienced female packrafter in Australia).

Who is it for?Women who prefer an all-women environment from novices who’ve never paddled before to those who’ve got a few Grade 2 trips under their belt and want to top up before tackling more challenging trips. For intermediate paddlers there will be some opportunities to work on group leadership and technical skills. However, Vicky highly recommends the normal intermediate/advanced courses run on the Mersey for those seeking more challenging water.

Participants must be prepared to get wet as swimming is a normal part of packrafting! (See equipment section)

Location Details:Drive approximately 8km south of Forth towards Wilmot and look on the left for a large sign next to a gate that indicates ‘Tasmanian Canoe Club’. Toilets are located up towards the road with camping down on the river flats. On Google Maps the location is listed as Forth River Whitewater Course:

https://goo.gl/maps/BkFspNpNw5Em6QXV8

Equipment:Participants will need their own packraft & all personal paddling gear including a decent white water paddling helmet (bike helmets are not appropriate), wetsuit/drysuit and PFD (Personal Floatation Device). For Tasmanian paddling we recommend self bailing boats with thigh straps but any old tub will do for this course.

Alternatively, packrafts can be hired through:

Participants need to provide their own camping, cooking and food for the duration of the course. Drinking water is available.

Topics covered will include:

  • Packraft Design & Outfitting Options

  • Personal Protective Clothing & Paddling Equipment

  • Group Safety Considerations & Equipment

  • River Communications


  • Defensive and Aggressive Swimming in Moving Water

  • Throwbagging Techniques and Practice

  • Self and Assisted Rescue
  • On River Group Management
  • Understanding Moving Water

  • Basic Technical Paddling Strokes

  • Paddling Techniques for Entering and Exiting Eddies

  • The Advantages of utilising Cross-Current Momentum


  • Using Position, Angle, Speed, Edging, Eyes and Strokes to achieve an objective

  • Strategies for paddling as a Team

  • Improvisation techniques for lost paddle, lost boat, injured paddler scenarios

  • Resources for exploring Tasmania’s rivers

National Training provider Paddle Tasmania
Email Paddle.Tas@paddle.org.au
Phone 0497656710
Course Location GPO Box 25
Hobart TAS 7000
Website Visit Website
Course Cost $ 340.00 clubs members $284
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Please ensure you have been in contact with Paddle Tasmania prior to registering for this Course to ensure you have the appropriate skills and information to take part.
There will be a $20.00 fee to register your qualification with Paddle Australia for 3 years. You will only be invoiced for your PA registration once all requirements for the qualification have been completed and submitted to Paddle Australia.