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The Joy Of Whitewater Rafting

Anyone who goes whitewater rafting knows how thrilling it is.  It is a sport that is becoming more and more popular in the United States.  While it is an extremely exciting sport it can be dangerous, especially on treacherous rivers.  There are many companies that specialize in rafting trips and are keenly aware of the risks associated with the sport.  They follow many safety precautions when they lead an expedition made up of whitewater enthusiasts. 

Before you go out with a rafting company, make sure that you at least know how to swim.  Also, make sure that you are physically fit just in case you end up in the water or are thrown around in the raft.  “Be prepared” should be your motto before getting into any raft.  Pay close attention to what your whitewater guide tells you.  Your guide most likely has many years of experience on the water and knows what to do in case of an emergency.  Most rafting companies require that their guides take special safety classes so that they are well prepared every time they go out.  Ask questions and listen to everything your guide tells you. 

Make sure that the trip you select is appropriate for you and your rafting companions.  Be realistic and make sure that your small children or older parents can handle the rapids.  Class III rapids are quite doable for almost any age group and the thrill of the ride will still be there.  Class I and Class II rapids are better suited for very small children and for adults who have limited physical capabilities.  Class IV rapids require more strength and endurance so they should be tackled only if you qualify physically.  Class V rapids are recommended for only the most able-bodied and experienced rafters.  No matter which class rapids you try, make sure that all safety precautions are followed religiously. 

Whitewater rafting can be an absolute joy if you go prepared and be realistic in your expectations.  Don’t try something you’re uncomfortable with.  Make sure that any trip you select is age-appropriate and that you do some basic research ahead of time.  This will help prevent any unpleasant “surprises” when you arrive at that foaming white water on the river!