The Introduction to Packrafting Adventure (IPA) is an entry level, 6-day course for students entering grades 9-11 and interested in learning the basics of packrafting and navigating swiftwater. Students will travel in a small group down a wild & remote stretch of river, developing skills in backcountry wilderness travel, paddling, cooking, communication and decision-making.
While on expedition, students will learn and practice Leave No Trace® camping principles, learn about local ecology, and engage with land history lessons and curriculum. The outdoor classroom will be remarkable, as this route takes students through a striking river corridor with rare & beautiful volcanic rock formations found nowhere else in the state! Technical paddling skills taught will include: reading moving water, on-water communication, hazard assessment, and partner & self-rescue techniques. Each student will have an opportunity to lead the group as the Expedition Leader of the Day to gain experience with newly acquired leadership skills.
The IPA course is specifically designed to help students gain the necessary skills and confidence to explore more challenging whitewater travel in the future. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression, check out Expedition Life.