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Name: Intro to Packrafting
Starts: Sat Jun 13, 2020
Meetup: Squamish
Return: Sun Jun 14, 2020

Registration opens: Mon Jun 08, 2020
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Cameron Fenton
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Do you have all the necessary equipment? If not, when will you confirm that you have it?

2. Do you have packrafting experience? If so, what?

3. Do you have any other whitewater or paddling experience? If so, what?

4. Have you filled out the BC Government COVID-19 self-assessment and answered "No" to all questions? (https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en)

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Participant Information

Note: This course will be somewhat modified to meet the BCMC's Phase II COVID-19 guidelines. To this end:

  • Participants must have all of the mandatory gear as sharing and borrowing will not be possible. 
  • All participants must fill out the BC Government COVID-19 Self Assessment: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en 
  • There is to be no carpooling or ride-sharing outside of one's "bubble" 
  • Some of the course objectives may be shifted to lower risk depending on weather/river conditions
  • Companion rescue scenarios will be modified or simply demonstrated to ensure social distancing 

Packrafts are amazing tools for backcountry travel in the mountains. From crossing alpine lakes to running remote whitewater and facilitating some epic traverses, these little, packable boats have been showing up more and more in the Coast Mountains. 

Over 2 days, this course will serve as an introduction to packrafting, covering everything from gear to river reading, paddle skills and some basic backcountry swiftwater rescue. This course is also great for folks with some packrafting experience, but looking to practive river skills and rescue techniques. 

By the end of the course, participants should:

  • Know the ins and outs of packrafting gear, considerations for different kinds of trips and more
  • Learn the basics of river reading - how to identify hazards, how to scout a rapid and pick a line, how to figure out the best place to cross a fast moving river, etc... 
  • Paddle techniques, including ferrying, catching eddies and being able to run Class II+ - III whitewater (comfort of the participants dependent but the goal is to get everyone to run some Class III)
  • Be able to self-rescue in moving water
  • Be comfortable with backcountry companion swiftwater rescue techniques and scenarios
  • Know how to plan a packrafting trip, and where to look for beta
  • Be ready to plan their own packrafting trips! 

Course overview: 

  • Full days Saturday and Sunday, starting around 830/9am and ending mid-late afternoon Sunday and early evening on Saturday. 
    • Saturday: Flat water and easy river 
    • Sunday: Whitewater - same possible locations as above. 
  • Course location is Squamish, BC. 

ImportantClick here for the mandatory gear list (including where to rent or buy packrafts) 


  • Some hiking experience and comfort carrying a big pack 
  • Competent swimmer and not someone who is going to panic in cold, moving water
  • No paddling or whitewater experience required, but it's always helpful! 

Payment Information:

The fee for the course is $20. Participants will be required to cover any costs for their gear, incl. renting water equipment and food and will collectively have to cover any camping or transportation/carpooling costs.

There are three steps to registering for this course:
1) Click on "Join this Trip" on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Request List. You will be prompted to answer the Trip Planning Questions. Please answer fully.
2) Once the course organizer(s) have reviewed your answers, you will be moved to the Waiting List. An email will be sent to you letting you know you're on the wait list (be sure to check your spam just in case!)
3) Once on the Waiting List, a Paypal button should appear on the left side of the page (contact courses@bcmc.ca if you have trouble paying). Click this button and follow the prompts to complete your payment.
4) After payment has been received, you will be moved to the Confirmed List and another email notification will be sent out.
5) Watch your email for more details from the organizer(s) about carpooling, meetup times, updates etc.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date. To do this, click "My Account" in the top right corner of this screen, then select "Edit Emergency Contact" under "Manage My Account" on the left hand side. You will NOT be approved for this course if your contact info is incomplete.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations
This course may be rescheduled in case of extremely bad weather. The course will also only run with at least 4 participants.  If the course is rescheduled to another weekend that does not fit into your personal schedule then a full refund will be issued.  IMPORTANT: cancellation fees may apply in case of a cancellation by a participant; please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy for detailed information.

Any questions/comments/suggestions at all, please let me know. You can call, text, or email Cameron (see contact info on left side of page)

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