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Basic Packraft Marblemount, WA May 25 – 26, 2024



The Basic Packraft Course is for those wishing to gain professional instruction on the proper use, care, and application of a packraft for downstream travel.

Space is limited to 12 students and will be taught by SSI lead instructor, Luke Baugh. Class fills up fast, so register early!

ONLINE COMPONENT: Yes – Optional (but highly recommended)

COURSE FORMAT: 2-day field course with 2 hours of online training and two 8-hour in-field training days. Total class length: 18hrs.

WHEN: May 25 – 26, 2024

WHERE: Marblemount, WA

FIELD SITE: Sauk and/or Skagit Rivers

COURSE COSTS: $375 – you must pay Triad River Tours to register for this course, then register with SSI using the unique URL provided by Triad to create a student account.

1. A desire to learn
2. Packraft, paddle, and all associated boating gear necessary to travel downstream
3. Proficient swimmer
4. Physically capable
5. All of the listed PPE
6. Meet all Essential Eligibility Criteria

The welcome packet details the gear you will need for this course. As an SSI student, you get access to student pricing in the SSI Gear Shop! Once you register you’ll have access to the shop through your SSI account.


If you are new to paddle sports, new to packrafting, new to the river and/or have never had formal paddling training before, the basic course is for you. It is designed to take those with minimal experience and give the foundational skills necessary to make reasonable decisions and understand craft mechanics and maneuverability. We will start with the basics: boat inflation, outfitting, personalizing your fit, paddles, paddle strokes and self-rescue. We will spend a good amount of time in and out of our boats as we travel down river each day working on training objectives while we paddle class II+ – III- water.

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May 25 @ 9:00 am - May 26 @ 4:00 pm


Basic – Marblemount, WA 60076 State Route 20
Basic - Marblemount, WA 98267 United States