Top Safety Tips for White Water Rafting

Top Safety Tips for White Water Rafting

The first time you get into the water each season is always the best feeling. It’s a great activity for all ages and offers a wide range of difficulty levels. It is important to hire a proper guide who is knowledgeable in all areas of white water rafting. Having a guide will help in any tips and tricks, but to help you get started here are some good tips:  

  • Don’t raft by yourself – no matter your level of expertise, rafting by yourself can be very dangerous. The water is always unpredictable and having a guide to help you with rafting tips is always the best idea.
  • Understand rules and regulation – the rules and regulations differ state to state. By contacting your local rafting company, you can find out what the age limit is, level of difficulties the rapids are in your area, and best times to ride.  
  • Research how rough the water is - the rating system starts at Class I to Class VI. Class I-III is mild to moderate waters. While some Class III and IV are for advanced rafters only, they are very powerful and violent rapids some even include waterfalls.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water to keep you hydrated – it is important to stay hydrated, as white water rafting is a strenuous activity.  
  • Recognize your strengths – knowing what your overall fitness strengths are will help you in identifying the kind of white water rafting trip you wish to take. There are different types of boats; some with the guide doing the paddling and others where everyone has an oar.  
  • Know what accessories to take – make sure you have a life vest, comfortable clothing and if necessary a helmet. You can always contact your river guide before hand to know if there is anything more you need to bring. Dress according to the water temperature, as that temperature will be vastly different from the air temperature. Having proper shoes is important too.

Contact the professionals at Caldwell Transportation today to speak to a river guide and get your white water rafting trip booked.

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