Flatwater Packraft Course Outing:  paddle on a lake

Field trip: Introduction to Flatwater Packrafting

Flatwater Packraft Course Outing: paddle on a lake - Lake Washington

In this first field trip we will practice a plethora of swimming, packrafting rescue, and paddling skills.

  • Easy

Details to follow once registration closes.  We will meet in front of the Magnuson Park swim beach. 

Module 1:  rigging, adjust thigh straps, adjust backrest, tie bow line, tie stern grab line

Module 2:  dry suit burping, practice floating, swimming backstroke, swimming crawl stroke, swimming on back with paddle, swimming with paddle doggie style

Module 3:  various paddling strokes:  box technique, draw stroke, sculling, back-paddling, etc.  Set up 5 buoy slalom course, do relay races around the concrete dock. Paddle along the shore for a short distance

Module 4:  rescues - waist deep self entry, partner assist, deep water entry, group rescue, paddling with extra paddle,  boat carry on the bow, boat bump, tow a swimmer koala style on the bow, tow a swimmer on a line 


Lake Washington

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard flatwater Packrafting equipment per course overview

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