swiftwater refresher


Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10
6-9 pm, Eagle River Campground
Ropes, swimming, anchors
Bring BBQ supplies

12 miles north of Anchorage, 1 mile south of the town of Eagle River. From Glenn Highway, take Hiland Road Exit (Mile 12). Follow park signs onto frontage road to river and campground. After the kiosk, take a left toward the day-use area and park at the end of the road.

Saturday, June 11
Willow Creek, meet at the Shirley Towne Bridge, 10 AM.
Paddle skills, swimming

All skill levels welcome, more-experienced boaters should plan to instruct.

Required gear:

  • drysuit (should have latex neck and wrist gaskets, ideally with attached booties)
  • PFD, type III or V (rescue vest)
  • throw rope (I like the NRS wedge, but others are fine)
  • helmet (bike helmet is okay, but you should get a water-specific helmet if you are planning on doing a lot of boating)

We only need a few boats Friday, and any type of boat is fine. Everyone needs a boat Thursday and Saturday.

Some gear suggestions and swiftwater rescue content are listed on the Class IV Packrafting page.

There is no fee, but here are some worthwhile programs if you want to make a donation:

Great Land Trust
Alaska Center for the Environment
Rob Kehrer Youth Scholarship
American Whitewater
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Alaska Chapter
American Packrafting Association

Email me any questions

1 Comment

  1. Hi Luc,

    I’m hoping to get a crew together for a swift water course. We’re all new packrafters looking to up our safety systems. I have about 6 boaters that would definitely be interested. Let me know if that is at all feasible.


    -Reynaldo Perez

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