Family of 4 on a river raft

What to Bring on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

What to Bring 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 … Continued


Group of rafters about to fall out of their raft.

“Dump Truck” Maneuver: Rafting Tips

The “Dump Truck” Maneuver 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 … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

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

What To Do 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 … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Minimum Age Requirements for Whitewater Rafting Trips

Minimum Age 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, … Continued


Rafter reaching out to a friend who has fallen in the river.

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

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 … Continued


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