Exploring Scotland

Packrafting Foundations

£120.00£345.00

Learn to Packraft! This 5 day modular course is designed to provide candidates with a solid foundation set of skills, safety and knowledge for undertaking their own packrafting adventures. Delivered by qualified and experienced paddlesports coach David Walsh, the course is divided into 3 modules and includes journeys on lochs, rivers and foot. The course is coached in a progressive, fun and safe format so candidates can develop their packrafting with confidence.

 

Module 1 is based in and close to Glasgow.

Module 2 & 3 is based in the upper Tay valley. 

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What’s included

  • Instruction from qualified experienced paddlesports coach and mounatin leader David Walsh
  • All packrafting equipment including buoyancy aids, packrafts, helmets, paddles and dry bags for spare layers/food
  • For further information please download the course infromation pack and kit list PDF

Is it for me?

  • Feel comfortable and confident swimming in cold water!
  • Good level of fitness and enjoys all day exercise 
  • Are interested in getting into packrafting but don’t have equipment or experience
  • Minimum age of 18

Modules & Itinerary

Day 1: Module 1 - Introduction, Safety and Woodland Loch Journey

Day 1, Module 1, provides an introduction to the very basics of packrafting. Day 1 has both classroom and practical, on the water, time. This is a half day based at Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow. 

Day 1 covers:

  • Types of packraft and set up
  • Clothing and equipment selection
  • Basic paddling technique
  • Self rescue
  • Risk management and safety

Todays course is a half day, 12:30 – 16:30 

  • Meeting location is Pinkston Watersports Classroom
Day 2: Module 1 - Introduction, Safety and Woodland Loch Journey

Day 2, Module 1, provides a packrafting journey around a woodland loch loop. Day 2 is entirely outdoors including a walk and on water journey. This full day is based around Loch Ard, Aberfoyle.

Day 2 covers:

  • Environmental and access considerations
  • Clothing, equipment selection and safety kit for a full day journey.
  • Basic map reading (land and water) 
  • Carry equipment in or on a packraft
  • Packraft repair
  • Paddler rescue
  • Open water techniques and safety
  • Group Team work

Todays course is a full day, 10:00 – 16:30 

  • Meeting location is Milton forestry car park (GR 498010), west of Aberfoyle
  • The walk through scenic woodland lets us understand the benefits of packrafts. The walk is 8km/5miles
Day 3: Module 2 - Open Water Safety, Navigation and Sailing

Day 3, Module 2, Looks at open water packrafting on large bodies of water.  Day 3 is entirely outdoors all day and based on Loch Tay. 

Day 3 covers:

  • Clothing, equipment selection and safety kit for open water
  • Open water  risk management and safety
  • Group Management 
  • Open water sailing
  • Navigation skills (on water)  

Todays course is a full day, 10:00 – 16:30 

  • Meeting location is McLaren Hall Car Park, Killin
Day 4: Module 3 - River Skills

Day 4, Module 3, Develops foundation skills in navigating moving water/rivers up to and including grade 2.

Day 4 is a full day on the river Tay and covers:

  • Clothing, Equipment selection and Safety/ Rescue Kit for the river
  • Team work and communication 
  • White Water Paddling Skills
  • Identifying and navigating water features and hazards
  • Portaging and scouting

Todays course is a full day, 09:00 – 16:30 

  • Meeting location is Aberfeldy, war memorial
  • As part of the day we will organise a shared shuttle which will involve ensuring there is a vehicle downstream of our start point
Day 5: Module 3 - River Skills

Day 5, Module 3, Continues to develops foundation skills in navigating moving water/rivers up to grade 2. Day 5 is a full day based on the river Tay. 

Day 5 covers:

  • White Water Paddling Skills
  • Incident management, self rescue, rescuing others

Todays course is a full day, 09:00 – 16:30 

  • Meeting location is Aberfeldy war memorial, next to General Wades Bridge 
  • As part of the day we will organise a shared shuttle which will involve ensuring there is a vehicle downstream of our start point

Featured Comments

Lucy Lynch - 2021 Participant

If you’re looking for guides with positive and can do attitudes I recommend Emmaus Adventure. I had a brilliant two days learning how to do easy white water in a packraft on the River Tay in Scotland.
The fact that I had never done white water before was no problem – the course was safe and fun.
I travelled by train and taxi without my own car but that was no problem either – David organised lifts from the end of the paddle back to the start.
The Alpacka Caribou packrafts provided by Emmaus for customer use were ideal for the trip.
It was a great introduction to easy white water.