Mr Mark Oates1
1The Hutchins School
Packrafting! You have seen the incredible photos, read the inspiring stories yet you are still unsure as to whether they are a simply a glorified pool toy. Find out why packrafting is seemingly on the cusp of a boom at the moment with more and more people keen to experience the advantages that these ultralight inflatable boats provide. Learn why a number of schools in Tasmania have incorporated these highly addictive adventure tool into their curriculum and the opportunities that these craft can create.
This practical presentation will look at:
- Packraft design and options
- A variety of models available
- The capability and limitations of packrafts
- Educational trips that schools in Tasmania currently undertake
- How they have been incorporated into the curriculum at The Hutchins School
- Resources for aspiring packrafters
Mark Oates is a passionate whitewater adventurer who moved to Tasmania 8 years ago from Victoria to explore its remote rivers and rugged mountains. Mark works at The Hutchins School in Hobart and is heavily involved in teaching the Power of 9 Program and the TASC Outdoor Education course to senior students. As a teacher of outdoor education for 20 years and an Advanced Whitewater Instructor he offers some insights into how packrafting can be incorporated into school programs for the benefit of students.