SEI Packrafting FMP

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RUCK IN, KAYAK OUT!

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ascend through the mountains and descend on the rivers. Packrafting is another means  of Alternate Insertion Extraction through varied riverine terrain.  A packraft is an inflatable one-man raft that packs up into a small, five pound package that can be strapped to a rucksack. The S.E.I. packrafting Course Of Instruction will spend time moving through mountainous terrain, land/ATAK navigation, field crafts, and other SOF survival skills.  After a team movement of 1-3 days, we will inflate packrafts and river navigate both flat and white water, completing a round-trip RTB. While navigating the river, team will practice swift water skills, water hydrology, and how to properly manipulate raft and paddle efficiently.

EQUIPMENT: (minimum):

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

 

COURSE LOCATION:

  • 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

 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:

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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