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Basic Packraft – South Fork Payette Idaho July 9 – 10, 2024



We’ve partnered with the American Packrafting Association for the upcoming 2024 Packraft Roundup in Idaho to present the Basic Packraft Training on the South Fork Payette! Please note, this is a two-day non-certification course, and registration, handled by Bear Valley Rafting, is required for payment. The course is taught by SSI instructors and all questions should be directed to info@swiftwatersafetyinstitute.com.

The training, led by SSI instructors, including Jeff Creamer as the lead instructor, accommodates only 12 students, so early registration is encouraged.

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: July 9 – 10, 2024

WHERE: Garden Valley, ID

FIELD SITE: South Fork Payette River


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 packraft training 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 or packrafting and haven’t undergone formal paddling training, the basic packraft training is designed for you. Foundational skills are provided, enabling informed decision-making and understanding of craft mechanics. The training covers essential aspects such as boat inflation, outfitting, fit personalization, paddles, strokes, and self-rescue. Throughout the course, on-water practice is prioritized, allowing for navigation of class II+ – III- water and fostering a hands-on learning experience.

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July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 10 @ 5:00 pm


Hot Springs Campground – Basic Basic - Crouch, ID 83622 United States


Bear Valley Rafting Company
Phone: 208-793-2272
Email: bearvalleyraft@gmail.com
Website: https://bearvalleyrafting.com/