This course is designed to teach novice paddlers to competently enjoy entry‐level paddling trips on moving water, and prepare for more advanced trips as part of an experienced team. Students are responsible for their own equipment. Packrafts are expected, contact the instructor if you would like to use a whitewater kayak. This class will not cover any techniques specific to sea or other flat water. No boating experience necessary.

  • Instructor: Luc Mehl
  • Course Dates: June 9 -11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Can be taken for 1 credit or as non-credit
  • Cost: $276 for-credit and $253 non-credit

To register or for more information contact PWSC Student Affairs at 834-1600.

The majority of this three-day course will be spent outside as we practice skills on the water. The course will involve swimming in very cold water in dry suits. Each day will begin with a classroom session where we’ll introduce new concepts or review concepts from previous sessions. Each day will conclude with exercises in Valdez-area rivers.

Required Equipment

  • Packraft
  • Paddle
  • Drysuit (should have latex gasket at neck and wrists, attached booties). A neoprene neck gasket will work, but prepare to be wet and cold. Wetsuits allowed with instructor’s permission, but will also be cold and miserable.
  • PFD, Type III or Type V Rescue Vest
  • Helmet (bike or climbing helmets are acceptable)
  • Multiple sets of warm clothing
  • Throw bag (optional)
  • Appropriate shoes, such as tennis shoes
  • Snacks, lunch, and water for all three days

Rental suggestions: You can rent a packraft from Kennicott Wilderness Guides, contact Jared Steyaert at


Posted on: May 5, 2017