Since I recently got my rafting guide license, what is more natural than to start a new topic in OutdoorsWithNoLimits focused around rafting. So for you who are into rafting or want to know more, here is a little introductory presentation.
Rafting is an exciting and exhilarating outdoor activity that involves navigating through rapids and white water on an inflatable raft. This adventure sport is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, and is a great way to experience the beauty of nature while getting an adrenaline rush.
There are different types of rafting trips, ranging from easy, leisurely floats on calm water to challenging, white-knuckle rides through Class IV and V rapids. The type of trip you choose will depend on your level of experience, the amount of adventure you are looking for, and the location you are visiting.
Before heading out on a rafting trip, it’s important to be properly prepared. This includes wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, such as quick-drying shorts and a synthetic shirt, and water shoes or sandals with a strap to keep them from falling off in the water.
It’s also important to bring along sunscreen (avoid to use it if you’re going to swim in the river, for environmental issues), sunglasses, a hat, and a waterproof camera to capture the memories, of course if you’re planning on doing site seeing in very calm waters.
When you first arrive at the rafting outfitter, you’ll be given a safety briefing by the guide. This will cover important information such as what to do in the event of a capsize, how to navigate through rapids, and how to communicate with your fellow rafters.
Once you’ve been given the safety briefing, you’ll be outfitted with a life jacket, helmet, and paddles, and then it’s time to head to the river.
As you navigate through the rapids, you’ll be working as a team with your fellow rafters. The guide will be in the back of the raft, giving commands and steering the boat through the rapids.
The other rafters will be in the front and middle of the raft, paddling to provide power and direction. It’s important to listen carefully to the guide’s commands and to work together as a team to navigate through the rapids safely.
One of the most exhilarating aspects of rafting is the thrill of navigating through rapids.
As you approach a rapid, the guide will call out commands to prepare you for the ride. You’ll paddle hard to build up speed and then hold on tight as you drop into the rapid.
The raft will bounce, spin and tilt as it makes its way through the rapid, and the feeling of flying through the water is truly exhilarating.
After navigating through the rapids, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery. The river will calm down and you’ll be able to take in the beauty of the surrounding wilderness.
You may see wildlife such as deer, eagles, and osprey, and you’ll have the chance to take a swim in the cool, clear water.
Rafting trips usually last several hours, and at the end of the trip, you’ll return to the outfitter’s base camp, where you can change into dry clothes and enjoy a well-deserved meal. The memories of the adventure you just had will stay with you for a long time to come.
In conclusion, rafting is an exciting and adventurous outdoor activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of nature while getting an adrenaline rush.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, there’s a trip for you. With proper preparation, safety, and guidance, you’ll have an unforgettable time on the river.
What are the types of rafting?
There are several different types of rafting, each with its own unique set of challenges and thrills. Some of the most popular types of rafting include:
- Whitewater Rafting: This is the most common type of rafting and involves navigating through rapids and white water. The rapids are classified on a scale from I to VI, with Class I being the easiest and Class VI being the most challenging. Whitewater rafting is available in many locations around the world, and is a great way to experience the thrill of the rapids.
- Flatwater Rafting: This type of rafting is more relaxed and involves floating on calm water. It’s a great option for beginners or for those looking for a more leisurely experience. Flatwater rafting is often used for fishing, wildlife viewing, or as a way to explore remote wilderness areas.
- Sea Rafting: This type of rafting involves navigating through the ocean, and can include trips to remote islands, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing. Sea rafting is a great way to experience the beauty of the ocean and the wildlife that lives there.
- Rafting Expeditions: These trips are designed for the more experienced rafter, and can involve multi-day trips through remote wilderness areas. Rafting expeditions can include camping, fishing, and exploring remote canyons and rivers.
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): This is a popular variation of rafting, where you stand on a large inflatable board and use a paddle to navigate through the water. SUP is a great way to experience the tranquility of the water and to get a great workout.
- Inflatable Kayaking (IK): This type of rafting combines the thrill of whitewater rafting with the control and excitement of kayaking. Inflatable kayaks are more stable and less intimidating than traditional kayaks, making them a great option for beginners.
Ultimately, the type of rafting that you choose will depend on your level of experience, the amount of adventure you are looking for, and the location you are visiting. By keeping these factors in mind, you’ll be able to choose the right type of rafting trip for you.
And if you want to see me in action, here is one of my first descents as a guide, maybe my thirteenth or fourteenth. We all have embarrassing moments especially when they are caught up on video! But the crew remained safe!
What to wear when white water rafting?
When white water rafting, it is important to wear clothing and gear that will protect you from the elements and keep you safe in the water. Here are some recommended items to wear:
- A wetsuit or drysuit: These will provide insulation and help keep you warm in cold water.
- A personal flotation device (PFD): This is a must-have item for safety on the water. Make sure it fits well and is secure.
- A helmet: A helmet will protect your head in case of a fall or collision.
- Quick-drying clothing: Avoid cotton as it takes a long time to dry and may cause hypothermia. Opt for synthetic or quick-drying materials.
- Water shoes or sandals: These will provide grip and protect your feet from rocks and other hazards.
- A waterproof bag or dry bag: Keep your personal belongings safe and dry in a waterproof bag.
It is also important to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. On cold days, it may be necessary to wear additional layers under the wetsuit or drysuit. On hot days, you may want to wear less clothing to stay cool.
Please be aware that some rafting companies may have their own specific requirements and recommendations, and it’s always best to ask the guide or the company what they recommend you to wear as most of them provide the essential equipment like helmet, dry suit and PFD.