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Finally, a fully certified White Water Award for Packrafters - written and delivered by Packrafters! The Award is Accredited by the Water Skills Academy, one of the leading paddlesports awarding bodies in the UK.

This Award is designed to give you the skills and judgement to begin to undertake appropriate White Water River Trips on water up to Grade 2 (3). Building on your existing sound knowledge of packrafting, your ability will be assessed through your good judgement, planning and paddling skills on a wide range of river environments.

This Award should be viewed as a solid base from which you will be able to independently develop your WW Packrafting skills and experience, ultimately providing a good foundation from which to begin to progress into remote environments and gain the skills associated with those who hold the White Water Expedition Packrafters Award.

The Course will be run over 2 days and throughout you will be led by our team of experienced and knowledgeable Packraft Coaches. We also keep groups small ensuring you'll get lots of personalised coaching and so you'll soon be running those rapids to the max.

What's more, you can have the confidence that you're getting the best possible instruction from Us at Tirio, the UK's only HSE (AALA) Licensed Packrafting Company. We are also a Water Skills Academy Centre of Excellence.

White Water Packrafter


The course is jam packed with information and techniques!

Here's a few of the key elements that the syllabus covers:


•  Raft Types, Set up and Repair. 

•  Clothing, Equipment selection and Safety/ Rescue Kit.

•  White Water Paddling Skills and Tactics including:

•  Breaking in and out of Flow, S and C Turns & Ferries.

•  Hydrology, Water features and Hazards.  

•  Risk Management and Group Paddling considerations.

•  Safety Considerations.

•  Incident Management.

•  Immediate First Aid.

•  Planning Access and Environmental Considerations.

•  Group Considerations

The Course is both mentally and physically demanding and participants should be both physically fit and able swimmers. Candidates should ideally already possess a good level of open water packrafting experience to get the maximum benefit from this course. We'll provide you with full information in our comprehensive Booking Pack-Up, but feel free to ask if you would like to know more.



For Certification individuals will be required to take up Water Skills Academy Non-Coach/ Recreational Membership for a fee of £30, which also provides waterways licensing, personal liability insurance and access to further training and resources. We will send you the link for membership upon booking.

More information here


A full equipment list is provided in our Booking Pack-Up. If there's something you don't have, don't despair, we have a wide selection of White Water Specific Packrafts, drysuits, paddles and rescue gear etc for you to use.

£180 2 Days 
2020 Dates
October 31 - 01 Nov *FULL*
November 21 - 22 *FULL*
November 28 - 29 *3 places*
*What's Included*

• Use of all Packrafting Equipment.

• 2 days intense WW Coaching in a small ratio group.

• Extremely experienced WW Packrafting Coaches.

*Not Included*

• Accommodation. We have a range of recommended places to stay on our website.

• Food and snacks.

• Transport.

• Membership of Water Skills Academy.

Full and Half Coaching days also available.

Please enquire.

Want to do this with your own group?

Talk to us to arrange your course.


You can pay by PayPal or Bank Transfer. We'll send you all the details.

Participants must be registered with WSA if they wish to be certified.

Tirio Cyf  Registered Office: 19 Denbigh Street  Llanrwst  Conwy  LL260LL  Registered in Wales  No 104785549