Whitewater Rafting FAQ's
Questions and Answers
What if I can not swim?
Don't be to concerned.
It's more of a question of how comfortable are you in the water. Wear your
Personal Floatation Device (life jacket) at all times. In rivers you go with
the flow and work your way toward shore. It doesn't require much swimming
skill. You might want to swim a rapid in your PFD, with a qualified person and
then decide if Whitewater rafting is for you.
How strenuous is Whitewater rafting?
You will be
active, but if you are in moderately good physical condition, the challenge
will not strain you. There is little danger if you follow the safety rules in
Whitewater rafting, do what your guide tells you and don't try to swim or
paddle beyond your skills.
What about children?
It depends on the child and
the challenge of your specific rafting trip. It is a fascinating, rewarding
experience for a child who is prepared for an outdoor challenge, and who can
easily adjust to the company of adults and the discipline that water and river
safety requires. Keep in mind there may be others in your group who prefer a
trip away from children. You know your child best. Most outfitters will have a
minimum age for each Whitewater raft trip. Most children are mature enough
around age 12.
Am I going to get wet, and how should I
Yes. Water does splash on you. Wear a swim suit, and shoes that
can get wet but won't come off your feet. Foot injury is the most common
injury, from walking around on uneven terrain and broken glass. Shoes should be
worn at all times. Wet suit booties or wool sox keep your feet warm. Bring a
nylon wind shell, a glasses strap, sunscreen, chapstick, and some extra warm
clothes. Have a towel and a dry set of clothes and shoes to get into after your
trip and the ride home. Your outfitter will provide you with a list of what to
bring for your Whitewater raft trip.
What do I do with my camera?
You can purchase many
one-use waterproof cameras from your local store or your outfitter. There are
water tight boxes for larger cameras. If you have an exceptionally valuable
camera, leave it at home. An old metal ammo box or Pelican box works well lined
with foam and tied into your Whitewater raft.
Is there any fishing on Whitewater rafting
Yes. State fishing licenses should be obtained before the trip.
You should bring a small folding type rod that can be stored easily when not in
use. Many outfitters have specific trips just for fishing and the time it
requires. Many areas are catch and release, ask your outfitter about his
What is a good trip for a first timer?
If you have
never Whitewater rafted before your outfitter will suggest an appropriate trip.
They are professionals and take first timers down the river every day. You
can't get into too much trouble, if you go with a professional guide. Before
every trip there is a safety talk that will educate you on river running
How do I get back to my car?
Your outfitter will
run a shuttle. Meet your group at the designated location of the outfitter.
They will give you information on the shuttle. Most outfitters provide you with
a map to the meeting place. Allow plenty of time to arrive early for your
Whitewater rafting trip.
When is the best time to go on a Whitewater Raft
The time to run a river depends on where you live; when the dam
releases water, rainy season, or snow melt is the best time. May and June are
high water months on many rivers. Some rivers may be runnable only at that
time. Others may be too high to be safe. Many rivers are dam controlled and are
runnable all summer. Check with your local outfitter to find out when to go
Whitewater rafting for your skill level. Weather can also be a factor.
Will we go Whitewater Rafting even if it
The answer in most cases is; Yes! As long as cold and high winds
do not become a major factor. Thunderstorms are short lived and offer a
wonderful perspective on nature. Sun streaming through clouds is a part of the
outdoor experience. You are going to get splashed anyway so enjoy the added
ambience and beauty weather can bring. Save extra film for that rainbow. It
just may be the most memorable Whitewater raft trip of your life.
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