A lot of people think that river rafting is awesome, but what they don’t realize is that it can also be extremely dangerous if you don’t follow some of the rules and consider the important factors that we’re going to show you in this guide. But besides just being dangerous from accidents (which can be avoided one hundred percent), there are other natural dangers out there, like the sun and even nature in general that can present dangers. But you know what, we’ll have you covered with these tips!
Be Like a Vampire!
Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreens. You’d be surprised just how much the sun can get into your skin even if you don’t see anything but clouds (as a matter of fact, this can actually amplify what little sun’s rays do hit you). And be sure you dress properly. Wear comfortable clothes, but make sure they’re not too loose as it could be a threat if you go overboard and make it harder to swim, and it provides plenty of extra screening from the sun.
Be Prepared to Swim
Believe it or not, going overboard happens. Whatever you do, don’t panic! If you’re not a good swimmer, let your guide know before your trip so they can keep a close eye on you. And if you do go overboard, tread water as much as possible and always keep your feet up. You want to also make sure that if you can, you can try to swim as hard as possible and be able to alright. Also, make sure to regularly tighten your life jacket’s straps, as they can come loose during the bumpy ride.
If you have a Big Boat
More people mean more people trying to paddle. The big lesson here? Try to use strong strokes, but make sure you all work together to do the paddling at once. And the front rafter needs to constantly look back and make sure everyone stays in sync. That being said, you may be able to in spots just let the water “guide” you. Don’t fight against the water – you have to work with it too, but just do it together.
When it comes to rafting, your guide has been usually doing this for a while, so it’s best to listen to them. Make sure when you are rafting that you always listen to your guide. Sure, you can enjoy your time too, but make sure that you keep your eyes and ears open because your guide might throw out a random command to help keep you guys from smashing into a rock or getting thrown overboard when you smack into a wave. Also, if you learn other tips, be sure that you share those with others in case they’ve never been whitewater kayaking before too!
Rafting on the river is something that many people love, but believe it or not, not many people know how to do it. By following the above guide, you can ensure that not only you, but everyone on board can have a safer trip, and even enjoy it more than if you didn’t listen. Oh yeah, and don’t be afraid of getting wet; it’s going to happen, especially on the river!