Packraft whitewater course 2019 at Kanupark Markkleeberg, Leipzig

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Packraft whitewater course 2019 at Kanupark Markkleeberg, Leipzig
An intensive one-day course using one of Europe’s most advanced artificial whitewater courses.
This course is suited to those keen to learn how to safely paddle a packraft in whitewater as well as improve their skills and techniques. You will learn basic whitewater moves and boat control up to whitewater class III.

Learn how to safely control a single packraft in whitewater in your own boat on a rental. The courses focus on the unique hydro-dynamics of packrafts, but doesn’t overlook basic whitewater and safety skills. You will learn to paddle up to WW class III, even try class IV if you like. To ensure effective training for each participant, we divide each class into three categories of experience.


Categories:

  • BEGINNER (A): 
    First time in a packraft? We’ll teach you the basic techniques of paddling before heading into the rough stuff.
    Aim: To provide a solid base for safe paddling in whitewater. After the course you will have learned the essential skills of boat control and risk evaluation on whitewater, allowing you to participate in guided whitewater tours up to WW II.
  • STANDARD (B):
    For proficient paddles on calm water who now want to learn how to handle their packraft on whitewater.
    Aim: To provide unguided proficiency to tackle WWII and the ability to participate in guided whitewater tours up to WW III.
  • ADVANCED (C)
    For packrafters with experience on whitewater (e.g: completed the standard course) that want to advance their techniques and skills. On this course you will be instructed in the theory and practice of whitewater safety and rescue including throw bag recoveries.
    Aim: Provide the ability to safely undertake independent whitewater descents on known rivers up to on WW III–IV.


Packraft rentals

Rent a packraft if you don't own one yourself or invite your friends, so you have skilled partners for your next whitewater adventure. The boat and WW paddle costs €33,50. Please let us know your height so we can provide the right sized boat (see below).

Kanupark Markkleeberg


Location and host

The courses are held at Kanupark Markkleeberg near Leipzig, east Germany, where you’ll be taught by a trained Kanupark instructor in one of Europe’s most advanced artificial whitewater courses.


Extended use: 
After taking part in a course you are free to use the whitewater park.

The Kanupark offers tickets on hour- or day based rates. Details here. At Kanupark you must conform to the general terms and conditions of Kanupark Markkleeberg.


Dates/Availability


Course "KP 1" (A):  Saturday, 15.06.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 0)

Course "KP 2" (B): Sunday, 16.06.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 0)

Course "KP 3" (B): Saturday, 22.06.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 0)

Course "KP 4" (B): Sunday, 23.06.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr  (places available: 0)

Course "KP 5" (B): Saturday, 07.09.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 0)

Course "KP 6" (C): Sunday, 08.09.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 5)

Course "KP 7" (A): Saturday, 14.09.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 0)

Course "KP 8" (B): Sunday, 15.09.2019, 10.00 bis ca. 18:00 Uhr (places available: 1)


Please meet up to half an hour before start at the main entrance of Kanupark:
(
Wildwasserkehre 1, 04416 Markkleeberg).


Requirements

  • age minimum 16 years
  • ability to swim
  • good physical condition


Please bring the following

  • packraft (preferably with spraydeck)
  • swimming wear, T-shirt, towel
  • flip-flops, toiletry
  • food if desired (there is shops/restaurants at Kanupark)
  • If available: PFD (ref. DIN EN ISO 12402-5), helmet (ref. EN 1385), neoprene clothing or drysuit and neoprene shoes, can also be rented at Kanupark
     

Rental fees (if needed)

- packraft and WW-paddle: € 33,50 (please choose below)
- neopren clothing and shoes: € 8,00/class (charged locally)
- PFD and helmet: € 5,50 /class (charged locally)


Number of  participants

  • Minimum: 3 (refund/date change otherwise)
  • Maximum: 5 


Accommodation

Close to the Kanupark is "Neuseenland-Camping", also with rooms available. We suggest an early reservation. Staying in Leipzig for longer is also worth considering. It is a true "Watercity".

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Disclaimer

The fee for the class and the packraft rental needs to be paid at least ten days after booking. Otherwise the claim for the course extinguishes. In case of higher power such as flooding, thunderstorms etc. there is a right for alternate date as long as the course has not started yet.


Please note: If you order this course form outside Germany, please add your adress again as separate shipping address and choose the country "Germany", otherwhise the system will add shipping costs to you order.

 

Content varies depending on course category 

Theory

  • Knowing your equipment (characteristics)
  • Basic techniques (strokes)
  • Fluid dynamics (reading the water)
  • Whitewater techniques (manoeuvers)
  • Recognising the lines whitewater
  • Safety and rescue

Practise calm water

  • Basic strokes (efficient forward/backward, side and bow stroke) in calm water
  • Sensing the water, controlling the boat: body positioning, leaning, bracing, edging
  • Safe capsizing
  • Re-entry

Practise whitewater

  • Basic strokes in moving water
  • Applying manoeuvers (forward/backward ferry, catching and leaving eddies)
  • Safe rapid runs (search lines)
  • Running up to grad IV (depending on water release, only category C)
  • Playboating or surfing in waves and holes (category C)
  • Practice rescue with a throwbag (category C)

 Schedule for course A and B

10.00 - 10.30 Introduction and get changed
10.30 - 11.00 Get to know your equipment, theory of basic techniques
11.00 - 12.00 Practice basic techniques on calm water
12.00 - 12.30 Break 
12.30 - 13.00 Viewing and swimming the whitewater course 
13.00 - 14.30 Basic whitewater techniques
14.30 - 15.00 Break
15.00 - 16.30 Basic whitewater manoeuvres
16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.00 Optional manoeuvres at higher volume flow ('power rafting')
18.00  -18.30 Instructors analysis
18.30 Course end

Schedule for course C

10.00 - 10.30 Introduction and get changed
10.30 - 11.00 Whitewater techniques and manoeuvres theory
11.00 - 11.30 Viewing and swimming the whitewater course 
11.30 - 12.30 Whitewater techniques and manoeuvres
12.30 - 13.00 Break 
13.00 - 14.30 More whitewater techniques and manoeuvres
14.30 - 15.00 Break
15.00 - 15.30 Safety and rescue theory
15.30 - 16.30 Safety and rescue training, throw bag rescue
16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.00 Whitewater techniques and manoeuvres at higher volume flow ('power rafting')
18.00  -18.30 Instructors analysis
18.30 Course end