Preparing For Your Whitewater Rafting Trip with Crab Apple
What to Wear Whitewater RaftingFirst, dress accordingly. The right outfit can make the difference between an extraordinary whitewater rafting trip and an average one. Start with your most comfortable swimsuit (and shorts for women since you will be sitting down), and finish with secure footwear that won’t get ruined if it gets wet. We have found that river sandals or water shoes work the best, and flip-flops just won’t cut it. Other items to wear during your raft trip include a hat and sunglasses that are equipped with a strap so they won’t get lost in the river. If you are whitewater rafting on a cooler or rainy day (usually only in fall or spring), your getup will be slightly different. You will want to dress with wool or fleece socks, and pants that can handle some water, like wool, fleece, or wind pants. Please try to avoid any cotton t-shirts, pants, or socks, as this material cools your body when it gets wet. During our spring and fall raft trips, we do require wetsuits, which can be affordably rented through Crab Apple.
What to Bring For Whitewater RaftingWhen you embark on a whitewater rafting trip with Crap Apple, we handle all of the equipment, photographs, and even some food and drinks, so you don’t need to bring very much onboard. You will want to make sure you have some dry clothes to change into after your raft trip is complete, and your might want to bring some money to purchase some pictures of fun souvenirs at our gift shop. If there is anything you don’t want to lose, leave it back at your hotel room or home. Our raft trips are rocky and you will be moving around. We would hate for your to lose your cellphone or wedding ring in the river, because there is a good chance it will never be seen again if it falls in. That being said, if you need any medications (like an asthma inhaler) we can store them safely in our on-board first aid kits.
What to Expect while Whitewater RaftingNow that you know what to wear and what to bring, let’s talk about how the day is going to go. That way, you have clear expectations and you don’t have to wonder what is coming next. Here is a sample itinerary for one of our full-day, 10-hour whitewater rafting trips, The Deerfield River – Fife Brook Section in Massachusetts:
- Check-in at least thirty minutes before the scheduled departure time of your raft trip, where you will sign a liability waiver.
- Get fitted for your lifejacket and helmet—both are required and issued by Crab Apple.
- Listen to the safety lecture and instructions for paddling.
- Take a short bus ride to the beginning of the whitewater rafting course (not all raft trips require this step).
- Complete about half of the whitewater rafting trip.
- Enjoy a delicious lunch by the river.
- Finish the second half of the raft trip.
- Ride back to Crab Apple and view a slideshow of your trip.