Trip Name:
Vacation Certification +PLUS KAYAKING
Skill Level:
III, III+, IV & IV+
Trip Price:
See SELECT COURSES Below
Trip Dates:
ACA Kayak Instructor Level 4 +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Oct 29 – Nov 12
Swiftwater Rescue Tech 3 +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Nov 12 – Nov 18
Advanced Wilderness First Aid +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Dec 3 – Dec 16
Video Productions +PLUS Tour de Stouts, Dec 17 – Jan 3
 
Trip Extensions:
Recommendations coming soon
 
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RESERVATIONS STEP 1 Select your trip with the BOOK NOW button. No financial obligation at this step. 

RESERVATIONS STEP 2 – PKH will followup with trip specifics and directions how to send deposit to gain your reservation space. 

RESERVATIONS STEP 3 – Send your deposit and secure your reservation. We’ll send you our Welcome to Chile Packet full of helpful travel tips, packing list and what to expect. 

Got Questions: Email David@puconkayakhostel.com. Phone before October 1 US 828-788-5135; After October 1 Chile +56 9 4247 2676. 

SELECT COURSE ITINERARIESACA Kayak Instructor Level 4 +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Oct 29 - Nov 12Swiftwater Rescue Tech 3 +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Nov 12 - 18Advanced Wilderness First Aid +PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp, Dec 3 - Dec 16Video Production +PLUS Tour de Stouts, Dec 17 - Jan 3

Vacation Certification Series

Courses, Credits & Hours Overview  

PKH works in affiliation with Patagonia Study Abroad, the American Canoe Association, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, SRT3, and the Universidad de la Frontera. Some courses may be available for university credits. Email David@puconkayakhostel.com to learn more. 

  • ACA Kayak Instructor Certification + Intensive Creek Camp                             3 / 48 hr.
  • Swift Water Rescue Tech 3 + Intensive Creek Camp                                                2 / 32 hr.
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid + Intensive Creek Camp                                      3 / 48 hr. 
  • Leadership, Logistics, and Negotiation Skills +Teacups/Maipo/Nuble Trip  3 / 48 hr.
  • Principles of Video Production + Xmas Tour de Stouts                                            3 / 48 hr.

Professional Development INDUSTRY JOB READY Certification Courses 

Earn the certifications required to win your dream outdoor industry job whilst kayaking in Chile daily. Do it.

Kayakers can acquire outdoor industry standard certification courses and depart Chile job ready. More importantly, safety oriented courses change student’s perspective of river running toward safety conscious decision making. Certification courses have a tangible value that will readily pay for themselves over the course of a kayaker’s career. We affectionately call our certification courses the Vacation Certification series.

+PLUS World’s Best Whitewater Kayaking

We know. We know. You don’t want to come to Chile and just take courses. Courses are designed to have class each morning until lunch. Then after lunch as the weather warms we go out to charge the local stouts. It’s absolutely a spectacular way to learn and earn your certifications and stouts.  

It’s no secret that Pucon Chile attracts the world’s best kayakers based on its abundance of clean rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful surroundings. But did you know Pucon offers world class rivers for beginners and intermediates too. No matter what your skill level our coaches will focus on your personal development and goals. After morning academics and lunch it’s time to gear up, throw your kayak on the trailer, and charge the stouts. The whitewater features are as great as our coaches.

Are you seeking to run waterfalls, get introduced to extreme kayak racing, learn to give instruction, set safety, and explore beautiful Chile in your kayak? It doesn’t get any better than this.   

Trip Price:
$3,000 (camping); $3,375 (dorm); $3,750 (shared occupancy lodging)
Arrival City:
Oct 29, Temuco Airport (ZCO) 11 AM – 5 PM
Departure City:
Nov 12, Temuco Airport (ZCO) 11 AM – 5 PM
Interested in winning outdoor industry employment? Why not get the certifications and kayak Chile at the same time.

Program:

ACA Kayak Instructor Level IV Certification +PLUS Intensive Creek Camp

Dates: 

Oct 29 – Nov 12 

Credits / Course Hours:

ACA Kayak Instructor Certification (3 / 48 hr.)

Course is taught by Nantahala Outdoor Center Paddle sports industry leading instructor trainers. Did you know NOC seeks to employ our course alumni? 

Description:

The first of our Professional Development Industry Job Ready series is the American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Level IV Certification. Daily students will complete a half day of ACA mandated hours and curriculum. The exercises and paddling will teach students how to be leaders and teach kayak beginner to advanced instruction. As a bonus, the program combines the certification course with actual teaching of beginner kayak lessons with a Chilean high school. Yes. It can be cold in November for beginner instruction. That’s why we do our roll and strokes drills in the nearby hot springs. That’s right. Eskimo rolling in naturally warmed hot springs. “Is this real life?” 

+PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp:  

If you want to learn how to boof and run waterfalls you need to goto rivers that have clean boofs and waterfall features. And Pucon is the best destination on the planet to learn everything about creeking safely. You’ll learn how to assess your own skills and decisions about rapids including when to walk, hitting drops with perfect pitch and angle, directional boof strokes, race techniques, blind read and run, blind whistle signals, communication with a team, building your conditioning, and the list continues. The coolest part is that after classes daily we go kayaking on our backyard runs and waterfalls. And this is the best season for the rivers too. We get excited just writing about it. You’ll be as amazed as your kayaker friends by how good you get. Are you ready to launch your kayaking to the next level?

 

Jobs Requiring ACA Kayak Instructor Certificate:

University instruction, kayak school instruction, international kayak programs, outdoor camps, rafting companies with kayaking, whitewater kayak programs.  

Trip Price:
$1,000 (camping); $1,125 (dormitory); $1,250 (shared occupancy lodging)
Arrival City:
Nov 12, Temuco Airport (ZCO) 11 AM – 5 PM
Departure City:
Nov 18, Temuco Airport (ZCO) 11 AM – 5 PM
 

Do you know what to do when the shit goes down? If you’re serious about adventure then swiftwater rescue is a must.

Program:

Swiftwater Rescue Tech 3 Certification +PLUS Intensive Creek Camp

Dates: 

Nov 12 – Nov 18 

Credits / Course Hours:

Swiftwater Rescue Tech 3 Certification (2 / 32 hr.)

Description:

The second course in our Professional Development INDUSTRY JOB READY certifications is the whitewater industry standard for rescue. SWRT-3 courses are most commonly required by whitewater rafting companies, and the rescue field such as firefighters. SWRT-3 is a must course for every whitewater kayaking enthusiast. And especially valuable for kayakers exploring the idea of expeditions. As matter of fact, the better you get, the more you’ll need the skills learned in this life saving course. Students will learn safety fundamentals of river features, how to move body and crafts through currents, how to rescue various crafts, rescue ropes and knot skills for extraction including multipoint Z-drags, vertical extractions, and team work. 

We take the SRT-3 course to the extreme by adding our own touch we like to call, “Steep Water Rescue.” We want our students to have the knowledge to make wise decisions and to prevent mistakes. But if mistakes happen you’ll have the tools and knowledge to make the rescue. 

+PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp:  

If you want to learn how to boof and run waterfalls you need to goto rivers that have clean boofs and waterfall features. And Pucon is the best destination on the planet to learn everything about creeking safely. You’ll learn how to assess your own skills and decisions about rapids including when to walk, hitting drops with perfect pitch and angle, directional boof strokes, race techniques, blind read and run, blind whistle signals, communication with a team, building your conditioning, and the list continues. The coolest part is that after classes daily we go kayaking on our backyard runs and waterfalls. And this is the best season for the rivers too. We get excited just writing about it. You’ll be as amazed as your kayaker friends by how good you get. Are you ready to launch your kayaking to the next level?

 

Jobs Requiring SWRT-3 Cert:

Emergency services, Whitewater Raft Guide, Kayak Instructor, Outdoor Adventure Industry. 

Includes:

Kayak rental, Airport transfers on listed times only, daily kayak coaching, daily kayaking transfer, SRT-3 Certification, breakfast, lunch and dinner at our host Pucon Kayak Hostel.  

 

Trip Price:
$3,250 (shared occupancy); #2,950 (dorm); 2,650 (camping)
Arrival City:
Dec 3, Temuco, Chile (ZCO) between 11 AM – 5 PM
Departure City:
Dec 16, Temuco, Chile (ZCO) between 11 AM – 5 PM

Program:

Advanced Wilderness First Aid +PLUS Intensive Creek Camp

Dates: 

Dec 3 – Dec 16 

Credits / Course Hours:

AWFA Certification (3 / 48 hr.)
Course is certified through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities

Description:

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, wind picks up, and we’re most often wet on rivers. The difference is educating and preparing yourself how to deal with the situation. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one – and maybe even save a life. PSA has requested that this course be taught with an emphasis on whitewater canyon and expedition extremes. Advanced Wilderness First Aid course is designed to give outdoor industry professionals the knowledge and tools required to deal with first responder emergency care situations. 

 

+PLUS Intensive Creeking Camp:  

Far from an accident PKH owner David Hughes catches air on the Upper Nevados Cali Slide. But had he botched the line… AWFA students to the rescue.

If you want to learn how to boof and run waterfalls you need to goto rivers that have clean boofs and waterfall features. And Pucon is the best destination on the planet to learn everything about creeking safely. You’ll learn how to assess your own skills and decisions about rapids including when to walk, hitting drops with perfect pitch and angle, directional boof strokes, race techniques, blind read and run, blind whistle signals, communication with a team, building your conditioning, and the list continues. The coolest part is that after classes daily we go kayaking on our backyard runs and waterfalls. And this is the best season for the rivers too. We get excited just writing about it. You’ll be as amazed as your kayaker friends by how good you get. Are you ready to launch your kayaking to the next level?

Jobs Requiring AWFA Certification:

Emergency services, whitewater rafting, kayak schools, outdoor adventure camps, university outdoor adventure programs.

Includes:

Kayak rental, Airport transfers on listed times only, daily kayak coaching, daily kayaking transfer, SRT-3 Certification, breakfast, lunch and dinner at our host Pucon Kayak Hostel.  

Trip Price:
$4,050 (camping) – $4,500 (shared occupancy lodging)
Arrival City:
Dec 17, Temuco Airport (ZCO) 11 AM – 5 PM
Departure City:
Jan 3, Santiago International Airport (SCL) after 8 PM

Program:

Video Production +PLUS Tour de Stouts

Want to learn how to produce videos? Or promote companies and even make a career for yourself in the digital media field? Many of our alumni are doing just that.

Dates: 

Dec 17 – Jan 3

Credits / Course Hours:

Video Production (3 / 48 hr.)
Course credits are through affiliate program Patagonia Study Abroad and should be checked with your university prior to enrollment. 

Description:

It seems every kayaker has a camera on their helmet today. But do you know how to compose and edit that makes you employable? Or script and tell a compelling story? Time lapse? Shot composition? This course will focus on concept and skill development when producing digital video media. Students will learn how to produce their own edits. Final projects consist of partner biography productions. What will your story tell? 

+PLUS Tour de Stouts:  

Half of this program will be at our Pucon base charging the local stouts and honing skills for the road trip. The road trip leg is highlighted by Rios Nuble, Maipo and Claro AKA Teacups. While, there are many other rivers based on levels and pure awesome factor, these are the most likely spots we’ll hit. Imagine making your own edits from the world’s best waterfall destination.  

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