The History of Whitewater Rafting
What is Whitewater Rafting?
Whitewater rafting is an outdoor recreational activity which employs an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This outdoor activity is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, and usually, represents a challenging and new environment for participants.
Why is it called Whitewater Rafting?
Whitewater Rafting received its name because the raft is the inflatable boat that you ride to paddle through the rough waters and rapids. ‘White‘ water comes because the frothing rapids of a guzzling river make the water appear white.
Back in the day, rafts were constructed from 4 separate rubber cloth tubes and wrap-around floor.
In the 1960s, whitewater rafting became more widely recognized and routes such as The Grand Canyon were routed, and whitewater rafting companies were born.
In the 1970s, whitewater rafting marked its first development as a leisure sport when it was then incorporated into the Munich Olympic Games.
In the 1980s, as rafting continued to gain its popularity, a lot more rivers started to be utilized by the pioneering independent companies throughout Scotland, South America, and Africa.
In the 1990s, rafting was included in major game events like the Barcelona Games in 1992, the Atlanta Games in 1996, and the white-water events of the Summer Olympic Games hosted by Ocoee River in Tennessee Valley. Also, the International Federation of Rafting was founded in 1997, and in 1999 the first Official International Championship was held.
What to Wear for Rafting?
- Swimsuit, shorts, and a T-shirt to wear under your wetsuit
- An old pair of trainers that you do not mind getting wet.
- A towel to dry off with at the end.
Typically, a professional adventure company will supply you with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, and cagoule.
You do not need to be a swimmer to go rafting, either; everyone is issued with buoyancy aids which will keep you afloat. Every raft has a guide who is there to instruct steer and keep you right on you whitewater rafting adventure.
Also, we highly recommend avoiding one of the most common mistakes: bringing valuables for this activity, such as jewelry, traveler’s cheques, passports, among others.
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