There's Still Time to Shoot the Rapids

River Raft

Is river rafting on your bucket list? Why not start planning your adventure today? Idaho offers some of the best whitewater in the world. If you are planning your first river raft trip, here are some must-know bits of information regarding white water rafting.

Water Safety

It's important to go into your trip feeling comfortable in the water and comfortable with the rafting rules and etiquette. Your guide will go over the basics with you, but here is what you should know beforehand:

  • Your PFD (personal flotation device) or lifejacket is your best friend in the raft. Never loosen it and make sure it's on you correctly.
  • Know what to do if you or someone else falls out of the raft. If you fall out, you'll want to know how to swim (hint: your feet up and pointed downstream) and how to get back into the boat (another hint: this involves paddles, throw bags and being careful not to pull others in with you).
  • Pay attention to how to hold your paddle in the boat. Paddles are necessary pieces of equipment, but they can hurt other people if you aren't careful.

Other Tips

Our most important tip: always, always, always listen to your guide! Your guide will have all of the imperative info you need to river raft, as well as key things to do (or not do) when something happens in the water. Other things you'll need and use:

  • Always wear a helmet. Many companies require that you do so, but even if they don't, you should anyway.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen!
  • Check with your outfitter to see if you need a wetsuit, or what other apparel is appropriate to the time of year.

The easiest part is getting there! Caldwell Transportation offers shuttle services to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Contact us today!

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