Things to Know Before Going White Water Rafting

So this summer, you’re planning on trying whitewater rafting for the first time! You’re excited but, at the same time, you’re not sure what to expect. After hearing it from your buddies and us here at Caldwell Transportation so many times, you have decided to experience this first hand. The only problem is that you have no idea what you’re doing.

We in no way advocate that you attempt whitewater rafting by yourself the first time. That would be dangerous and silly, as you’re probably not even sure where to start. That leaves the other option of going with an experienced guide, or at least someone who knows a little bit about the sport.

Even though you may be going with a guide, there may be some things that you would like to know before going out there for your first time. We have provided such a list that will let you look at some tips that you may find useful in your first whitewater endeavor.

  • Start Slow- If it’s your first time braving a rapid, it’s probably a good idea to take it slow. This means starting on a Class 2, possibly a Class 3, rapid to get started. This will introduce you to the sport and not scare you off right off the bat.
  • Wear the Proper Gear- This includes everything from wearing the proper wet gear to stay warm and the proper head gear to keep from injuring yourself. It also means to use the right raft when entering larger rapids. Something tells us that that 20 dollar raft from Wal-Mart isn’t going to cut it.
  • Lose the Jewelry- Before going on the river, it’s probably a good idea to leave any jewelry like rings or earrings at home. This is done for safety and can only serve as a great tip.

Are you ready to hit the river now? We think so! Follow the tips, stay safe, and have fun!

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