Essential Rules for a Great Whitewater Rafting Trip
A whitewater rafting trip is a one-of-a-kind adventure. Challenging, jam-packed with adrenaline and fun, in a beautiful, natural environment. If you’re looking for a thrilling experience, this is it!
Every adventure needs some direction to make sure you keep yourself safe and can enjoy it to the fullest. Before you head out on a whitewater rafting trip, be sure to consider these essential rules.
Never Forget Your Flotation Device
Even if your swimming skills are outstanding, putting your flotation device on before you get in the raft is a must. You will spend most of your time on the raft, but if you decide to dive into the river or if you happen to fall off the boat accidentally, it’s best that you have your professional flotation device on and not caught off guard. If you stop for a lunch break, you can certainly take it off. Just make sure you put it back on before you get back in the water.
Even when the water seems calm enough to jump in it, don’t do it unless your raft guide gives you the green light to do so. Your guide knows the safest places to get in the water and will let you know when the right place and time is to jump in. Otherwise, stay in the boat.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Given that you’ll spend quite some time outdoors under the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply it as needed. Make sure you protect every bit of skin that will be exposed to sunlight, including your face, neck, ears, hands, all of it.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
It might be a water activity, but it’s not suitable for flip flops. Wear closed-toe shoes that can be secured to your feet and provide stability. An old pair of tennis shoes would be a good option.
Pay Close Attention to the Guide
Your rafting guide is your best ally throughout your adventure. Be sure to listen carefully to all the instructions given. They are there to help you make the best out of your whitewater rafting experience.
Fuel Up Before the Adventure
You don’t want to be hungry while on your mission. Take time to eat a hearty breakfast that will fill up your energy reserves to prepare for the adventure ahead. Bring a snack, in case you need a quick pick-me-up. For all-day rafting trips, there will certainly be time for a nice lunch so you can refuel with something delicious.
The ride will be full of excitement and surprises. It’s a great stress reliever. Embrace every minute of this adventure, have fun, and forget the rest!