For KAYAK STUDENTS seeking certifications in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and/or Swiftwater Rescue Tech (SRT) whilst kayaking Chile rivers daily. Kayak skills groups include beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction on safe feature appropriate river sections.

About Chile Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Tech Certifications

Certification programs are available as two separate programs (WFR or SRT + kayaking independent modules) or as a 3-week package.

BEST DEAL! Chile WFR + SRT Certifications + Kayak Chile Rivers (DEC 15 – JAN 3) $USD5990 camping/$USD6390 dorms. Students earn employable certificaiton requisites with Wilderness First Responder + Swiftwater Rescue Tech certifications plus kayak Chile rivers daily. The perfect student holiday break program.

Chile WFR Certification + Kayak Chile Rivers (DEC 15 – 28) $USD4390 camping/$USD4690 dorms. Wilderness First Responder is the whitewater and outdoor adventure industry requisite for commercial employment and professional development hours. Add kayaking Chile’s best whitewater rivers for a grand student holiday.(4 credit hrs optional with CMC registered students).

  • Can I kayak after WFR classes? The WFR may require nightly review, and 10 hours instruction per day. Kayaking will be available some days after classes pending instructor approval.
  • Can I take just the WFR course? Yes, the WFR alone costs $USD800. Email to discuss lodging and meal plan options.

Chile SRT certified by Swiftwater Safety Institute (DEC 28 – JAN 3) $USD2190 camping/$USD2390. Swiftwater Rescue Tech is the whitewater and rescue industry requisite for commercial employment and professional development hours. (1 credit hr optional with CMC registered students).

  • Can I kayak after SRT classes? The SRT may require nightly review, and 10 hours instruction per day. Kayaking will be available some days after classes pending instructor approval.
  • Can I take just the SRT course? Yes, SRT alone costs $450. Email to discuss lodging and meal plan options.

About Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Chile Kayaking Options

During Certification Courses. With 14 hours of daylight we commence classes early providing sufficient time for afternoon kayaking. Students are coached based on their specific kayaking skills including beginner, intermediate, and advanced kayaking groups.

Outside of Certificaiton Courses. This is the fun part when kayakers get to focus on developing their kayaking while exploring Chile rivers, new skills, trip logisitcs planning, and even expeditions.

Beginner Kayak Instruction. Daily beginners will get a focus on roll development combined with river running skills. All kayakers will have expedition pack raft experience within the remote Patagonia Rio Puelo Valley.

Intermediate Kayak Instruction. Intermediates will continue kayaking development on safe class II+ to III rivers with objectives to gain confidence with combat rolls, eddy catching, scouting, rier running and experiencing Chile rivers. Option to run clean waterfall in hard shell kayak. All kayakers will have expedition pack raft experience within the remote Patagonia Rio Puelo Valley.

Advanced Kayak Instruction. This may be the most exciting group as they daily will progress kayak skills on Pucon’s famous rivers, boofs, and waterfalls. Advanced kayak progressions incldue safety and rescue, scouting “relative” class V, eddy piercing, safety setting and decision making, and waterfall running. All kayakers will have expedition pack raft experience within the remote Patagonia Rio Puelo Valley.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

DEC 15, Temuco (ZCO) 11 AM to 5 PM Arrivals.
Welcome to retreat, orientation and WFR review.

DEC 16 WFR Review + Chile Kayaking.

DEC 17 – 21 WFR Class + Chile Kayaking pending instructor approval and course requirements. 
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM – WFR Class
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Chile Kayaking

DEC 22 – 27 Kayaking Chile Rivers.
River Orientation (2 credits) or River Kayaking (1 credit) credit option available via Colorado Mountain College.

Students will receive professional instruction and daily river destinations based on their skill group. To learn more about Chile rivers by your skills click on the KAYAK CHILE RIVERS GUIDE.

DEC 28, Departure Flights or Start SRT Program
Departure Flights, 11 AM to 5 PM Temuco (ZCO).
OR Students continuing with SRT certification (ONLINE SRT REVIEW).

Swiftwater Rescue Tech + Chile Kayaking Tentative Itinerary, DEC 28 – JAN 3

DEC 28, Arrival Flights and SRT ONLINE REVIEW
Arrival Flights, 11 AM to 5 PM Temuco (ZCO). 

DEC 29 – 31, SRT Classes + Chile Kayaking.

JAN 1 – 2, Chile kayaking River Exploration. See your skill group in our Kayaking Chile Rivers Guide.

JAN 3, Departure Flights
Departure Flights, 11 AM to 5 PM Temuco (ZCO). 

More About Kayaking Chile Rivers and Waterfalls

This is the fun part. Chile rivers are famous for clear blue colors, quality features, and clean waterfalls. We mix river running and waterfalls to practice a diverse range of skills. Bring your camera and elbow pads… this is gonna be fun.

River Running Skills. Scouting and setting safety; piercing and controlling eddies; boofing; aggressive ferrying; catching challenging eddies; extreme race techniques; downriver play.

Waterfall Skills. Assessing lines; protection positions; art of kayak flight; pitch degree control; boofing; stomping; freestyle.

FAQs

Who should apply? Intermediate to advanced student kayakers keen to master river running and waterfall techniques.

Am I good enough? The great thing about Chile rivers is the diverse range intermediate to advance features idea for development. Students with a growth mindset to accept failures as opportunities for learning will progress in this safe learning environment. So, your roll is not bombproof. We’ll help you get there.

Can non-students apply?  Yes. This Chile Rivers and Waterfall tour is open to non-students keen to learn and explore. Due to holiday break timing the trip is most popular with students.

Can families do a trip?  Let your family know they can enjoy a vacation too with a multi-sport or kayaking week long holiday.

Gift your student a Trip. Ask your family for this trip to be your holiday gift? Could be your best present ever. Read more “Gift a Trip.” 

Is it Safe? The student program begins with the industry standard for safety instruction with the Swiftwater Rescue Tech I certification course. We are dedicated to teaching students proper sfety principles and decision making skills.

What about lodging? During the travel leg students will be camping at river base camps (bring your own camping supplies). In Pucon students will stay riverside in treehouse dorms at the kayaker world famous Pucon Kayak Retreat. Students will need personal camping supplies such as tent and sleeping bags. Tents are available for rent.

KEEP KAYAKING.

Included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Kayak Rental
  • Airport Transfer *per scheduled times
  • Riverside Community & Lodging
  • World’s Best Kayak Instruction
  • Daily River Transports

Not Included.

  • Two meals/week out at group chosen favorite cafe, or travel meal
  • Personal camping and kayak gear
  • Optional multi-adventure options such as massage therapy or hot springs
  • Snacks and souvenirs

Certification Courses

 Lodging Options

Treehouse Dorms While at PKR

Camping During Travel Leg. Bring your tent. 

Trip Details

Skill Level: III to IV+

Deposit:  $1,200 deposit. Read Payment Guarantees

Arrival City: DEC 15, Temuco (ZCO)

Departure City: DEC 28, Temuco (ZCO)

Trip Length: 14 Days

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