Students Kayak Chile Rivers + AWFA CERT

For Beginner Kayakers too!

The dream holiday student kayaking trip offering certifications and Chile kayaking.  Cross-cultural classes. Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification is offered to Chile’s Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) students, and guests from Pucon Kayak Retreat ensuring a diverse international group of students. Students may also combo with the Swiftwater Rescue Tech I certification and kayaking trip.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification in Chile

AWFA is certified by SOLO under the instruction of Rick Bravo. AWFA is a requisite for whitewater industry commercial guide employment.


Students seeking whitewater industry employment raft guiding or giving kayak instruction are required to earn AWFA and SRT certifications. Now, students can earn these requisite certifications and kayak Chile rivers. 

About Chile Kayking

This is the fun part. With 14 hour days students have sufficient time to kayak after WFR classes. We’ve also scheduled the New Year’s day off from classes to dedicate as full day of kayaking. Due to course requirements and fact your retreat base is the epicenter of Chiles best whitewater you will conveniently paddle the Upper and Lower Trancura and Upper Palguin after classes. With group option for New Year’s. We recommend waterfalls.

Chile Kayaking For Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Kayakers

Beginner Kayak Instruction. Daily beginners will get a focus on roll development combined with river running skills.

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.

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.

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.


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. Are you a beginner? We will dedicate an instructor to you too.

Can non-students apply?  Yes. Anyone can apply as we are all learners. 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 have dormitory or camping options (bring your own camping supplies). In Pucon students will stay riverside in treehouse dorms at the kayaker world famous Pucon Kayak Retreat. WFR leg does not require camping supplies.



  • 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

Links to reserve your BEGINNER Chile Kayak Lessons Trip 

 Lodging Options

Treehouse Dorms While at PKR

Camping… Bring your tent. 


Trip Details

Skill Level: BEG, INT, ADV

Deposit:  $600 deposit. Read Payment Guarantees

Arrival City: DEC 29, Temuco (ZCO)

Departure City: JAN 5, Temuco (ZCO)

Trip Length: 8 Days

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