What to Bring on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

White Water Rafting Tips
Apr
14

What to Bring on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

If you are joining a commercial outfitter for a rafting trip, you have a shorter list of “to bring” items than if you are on a private trip. Typically, the outfitter will provide food and drink, all rafting equipment, etc., that you may need during your trip. On a commercial trip, think of the items you’ll need to bring as belonging to one of three categories – things to wear…

dump truck rafting
Apr
14

“Dump Truck” Maneuver: Rafting Tips

A “dump truck” in rafting occurs when all of the passengers in a raft are “dumped” out during a rapid. There are a few points to consider in determining what constitutes an actual “dump truck”, the main factor being whether all of the paddlers fall out of the raft. If even one paddler stays in the raft, then it is not considered a “dump truck”. Another key question is whether…

what to do if raft flips
Apr
14

What to Do If a Raft Capsizes or Flips Over in the Rapids

Commercial rafts can potentially flip over in Class III, IV or V whitewater rapids. Rafts could capsize in very large waves, hydraulics or by hitting rocks. Most flips can be avoided by skillful guiding and good paddling by the crew. However, sometimes Mother Nature wins the “battle” and a raft can turn upside down in whitewater rapids. When a raft flips over, there will be moments of concern for yourself…

Age Requirements for White Water Rafting
Apr
14

Minimum Age Requirements for Whitewater Rafting Trips

Guests often ask about appropriate ages for whitewater rafting trips. River rafting outfitters vary and river trips vary on how to coordinate rapid classifications and minimum ages for family rafting adventures. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some factors in determining minimum ages: length of time on the river, difficulty of rapids, necessary paddling and FUN. Younger children (and most adults, haha) have a certain attention…

what to do when you fall out of a raft
Apr
14

Whitewater Rafting in New England: What To Do If You Fall Out of the Raft

If you fall out of an inflatable white water raft during a whitewater rafting trip, there are several things to remember in order to be safe. The overall key to getting back in the raft safely is to stay calm and not panic. Clear thinking will help you get back in the raft much quicker. Remember what you were taught in the pre-raft trip river safety briefing and apply those…