How to Prepare for a Rafting Trip


White Water Rafting          Rafting such as white water rafting is a fun hobby and experience. It is very exciting because of the unpredictability of the river and not knowing what is going to happen next. Advanced rafting takes a bit of skill but there are rafting packages available for all skill levels from beginner to expert. When white water rafting for the first time it is recommended to stay with a low level rapid such as a class one, two or three. Rafting requires upper body strength, the ability to swim, and an adventurous nature. Follow the steps below to prepare for a rafting trip.

Step 1

Book your rafting trip in advance. Many white water rafting locations require advanced booking. If you do not book a trip with 5 or more people then most likely you will have to share the rafting experience with several strangers. It is typical for white water rafting trips to include up to ten people on the raft. In addition there is a minimum rafting age as well, so make sure you enquire about it if you have any small children you want to take on the trip.

Step 2

Wear clothing that does not retain water. There will be a lot of splash over onto the raft in addition to the possibility that you might fall into the water. If you wear clothing that absorbs water easily such as cotton then you may be very uncomfortable when you retain water.

Step 3

White Water Rafting SunscreenPut on sunscreen the morning of the raft. Put extra sunscreen on all the sun exposed areas of skin. You will be on the raft in direct sunlight on the river for many hours at a time. If left unprotected you can get a big sunburn.

Step 4

Upper Body StrengthDevelop your upper body strength if you want to become a regular seasoned rafter. You primarily use your chest and shoulder muscles when paddling your raft so work those muscles often to develop strength. With powerful rapids it becomes increasingly difficult to steer the direction of the raft. This is where your upper body strength will benefit you.

Step 5

Ask the rafting agency you are going with if you need to bring your own buoyancy vest. All rafting excursions require you to wear a buoyancy vest in case you fall off the raft into the water.

Step 6

Wear grippy shoes such as sneakers. It is not recommended to wear sandals because they can easily slide off and do not provide enough grip against rocks or the raft if you are sliding around in it.

Additional Advice

                   Check the river temperature forecast the day of the rafting event so that you will have some idea of how cold the water will be in case you do fall in. You do not want to be rudely awakened by freezing cold water.

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