SEI Packrafting FMP

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Whether for SAR / Extraction or recon, hone your skills with this challenging course.


A packraft is an inflatable, one-man raft (ML-4 kit on steroids) that can run river rapids like a kayak, but packs down tightly into a wearable rucksack weighing as little as five pounds. Rucking it in allows you/team to get deeper into the backcountry, adverse terrain, or Areas of Operation not readily accessible while hauling skis, snowshoes, climbing gear, field craft supplies, or sensitive items. You provide needed propulsion by using collapsible paddles, sometime from the seated position, sometimes from the kneeling…the river does the rest.

EQUIPMENT: (minimum):

  • Packraft
  • Paddle
  • UDT or PFD
  • Waterproof bag
  • Carabiner



  • White Mountain of New Hampshire AO during Spring and Fall
  • Deerfield River in Western MA (Dam releases in September with two sections having long hauls)
  • MTT across the country for suitable sub anytime throughout the year



Mike Mather, Mather Rescue

With my climbing rope skills and my passion for moving water, I jumped on the fast track to become a rescue instructor. That was a little more than 25 years ago and I am lucky enough to still be traveling the world teaching today. I became an EMT in 1991, Firefighter/EMT in 2003. I have a Rescue Educator Foundation Degree from the University of Central Lancashire. I am a Rescue 3 International Instructor Trainer for Rope, Water, Rescue Boats, PWC as well as an American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer Educator for Safety & Rescue and Rafting. I have also taken more FEMA courses than merit mentioning. With this and more, I hope I get to share my training and life experience with whomever is interested.  I have also worked with many of the elite DoD teams.

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