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So, you've fallen for the charms of PACKRAFT and you really want to take it to the next level.

Let yourself be tempted by our Perf' Training Course: gain more confidence and autonomy.

Get ready to experience exceptional moments and push your limits.


4-DAY COURSE: "Packraft Perf' Stage"

(From Monday to Thursday, excluding July and August, on weekdays and weekends with public holidays on May 1st to May 4th, May 18th to May 21st, for other dates, please contact us).


  1. Improve your navigation skills.
  2. Understand the specific dangers of rivers.
  3. Adapt your equipment.
  4. Raise awareness about river ecosystems.

 Packraft'course outline:

Day 1: Meet at 9 AM at our base in Castellane.

  1. Welcome, coffee, introduction to the team and program.
  2. Departure from the base on electric mountain bikes to the turquoise waters of Lake Castillon.
  3. Inflation of the boats, adjustment, and packing of personal equipment.
  4. Briefing on basic river safety rules and getting on the water.
  5. Learning basic maneuvers on still water: propulsion, direction, balance.
  6. Picnic by the lake. And descent to Castellane on mountain bikes for a river situation simulation on the slalom basin.
  7. Discovering basic river maneuvers: eddy retrieval, stopping, crossing currents...
  8. Return to the base in the late afternoon. Cleaning of equipment, storage, and debriefing on the day.

Day 2: We sail from home!

  1. If the dams are open, we will navigate from Castellane to a final destination at Point Sublime.
  2. If not, we will work around the slalom basin in the morning and then head to Carajuan beach to embark. Arriving at a breathtaking view!
  3. We will focus on improving basic river maneuvers, analyzing the difficulty of a Class 3 rapid, identifying a navigation trajectory to pass through it, identifying potential        risks, and establishing an organization for safely navigating the rapid.
  4. We will also explore different water movements and learn techniques for retrieving equipment and rescuing a swimmer.

Day 3: Get ready for a full day of navigation!

  1. Depending on the water levels, we may navigate on the Upper Verdon, the Var, the Vésubie, or the Ubaye.
  2. This third day will mainly focus on gaining autonomy in Class 3 rapids: reading rapids, navigating currents, and ensuring river safety.

Day 4: Welcome to the Grand Canyon of Verdon!

  1. The highlight of the trip is here: meet early at the base. We will load the equipment, gear up, and depart by minibus to Point Sublime.
  2. The packrafts are folded, and the picnics are packed. We will take advantage of the ultra-lightness of these boats to start our adventure in the Grand Canyon on foot. Before getting on the water, we will walk 3 km on the most famous Verdon trail: Le Blanc Martel.
  3. Then, we will alternate between navigation and portages, experiencing both calm and more turbulent sections.
  4. At the end of the day, we will need a little more energy to reach Chalet de la Maline, with a short one-hour climb.
  5. We will return to Castellane by minibus.


Localisation Packraft : Advanced packraft course 4days

You can use this map to locate and calculate your route by clicking on the marker. The estimated time by Google is to increase by 20%, which corresponds to our small mountain roads.

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