Whitewater Rafting Tips for Beginners
Perhaps you have seen movies where people ride in rubber boats down a wild river and try to control the boat the best they can so it does not capsize and that they dont fall out of it. Great adventure, isnt it? Why dont you try whitewater rafting on your next vacation. It would surely be a fun thing to do with your whole family. If you want to keep safe and enjoy your first time whitewater rafting adventure, then you should consider the tips given below.
The first thing to do is to choose a professional and licensed outfitter. There are some things that you need to find out to ensure that you are working with a professional outfitter. You need to know how long they have been in the business, the kind of training their guides have and the government entity that manages their outfitters permit and training practices. IF you pick the right professional outfitter, then you are assured that they follow the whitewater rafting rules.
The correct way of wearing a life jacket will ensure your safety. To ensure safety, the life jacket must be snugly buckled on your body without making it difficult for you to breathe and preventing it from being pulled over your head. Let your professional guide you in fitting your jacket for a perfect fit.
Always wear a helmet. This is only for your protection like wearing it when riding a bike.
Wear the right clothes. If it is chilly, then you can wear a wet suit, splash jacket, and proper river shoes to make yourself comfortable and not chill. You can rent these from some outfitters. Most reputable outfitters have gear for their customers. Quick-drying clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses with UV protection should be used during sunny weather. Some of these items can be bought from your outfitter. At high elevations you can easily get severe sunburns so dont forget to protect your skin with sunscreen.
Always remember to hold your paddle properly. Ensure that one hand is on the shaft base and the other on the shaft end over the T grip. You hand should always be on the T grip so it does not blacken your eyes and knock off your teeth. If this happens then you hand can provide the cushion to lessen the impact.
Always stay in the boat. And dont ever panic.
The most important advice is to listen to your guide during your safety talk and on the water. If you want to be perfectly safe on the water, always listen to your guide.