Basic Whitewater Packrafting Equivalency - Seattle - 2022

Packrafting Course

Basic Whitewater Packrafting Equivalency

On this one day outing you will demonstrate all the skills taught in our Basic Whitewater Packrafting Course.

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The equivalency test is conducted as a one day outing on a regional class II whitewater river.  During the course we will confirm that you have suitable equipment and skills for paddling whitewater rivers.  

Multiple equivalency outings will be scheduled through out the year.

You will swim in the river multiple times so be sure to dress warmly.  

Swimming and Rescue

  • Jump into and swim in moving water
  • Swim cross current at a ferry angle
  • Transition to and maintain a safety position
  • Swim into an eddy
  • Trow a line to a swimmer in current and guide them to the shore
  • Backup someone who threw a line.

Individual Rescue Skills

  • Capsize and wet exit
  • Self-reentry from deep water in 90 seconds
  • Reenter a stabilized boat 
  • Stabilize a swimmer's boat while they re-enter

Group Rescue

  • Capsize, wet exit, and push away from paddle and boat to become the swimmer
  • Paddle to collect the swimmer.   Tow the swimmer some distance
  • Right a capsized boat and bump to swimmer
  • Collect the paddle and bring to the swimmer (paddle with two paddles

River Reading

  • Identify strainers and discuss their concerns
  • Identify lower and higher risk hydraulics.  Discuss what makes higher risk
  • Identify routes through a rapid

Packrafting Skills

  • Launch from rocky shoreline into Class II current
  • Paddle through a boulder garden.
  • Paddle through a hole
  • Break through a well defined eddy line near shore and at a mid-stream boulder.
  • Paddle through a wave train.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage boat speed and spacing through choosing slower water, catching eddies, or backpaddling.
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Whitewater Packrafting Equivalency Test
Skykomish River: Sultan to Monroe
Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Registration closes Sep 16
4 participants
0 instructors
Required Equipment

Each participant must bring:

  • Packraft with grab lines on bow and stern 
  • PFD Class III or better 
  • Helmet 
  • Immersion wear appropriate for the environment.
  • Spare clothing 
  • Boat repair kit 
  • Whistle 
Course Materials

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