16 Mar Whitewater Rafting Trips And Overview
Why Whitewater Rafting Is Exciting?
Whitewater rafting is becoming more and more popular, but many first timers are too afraid to take part, even though they would like to. Many of the fears are of course understandable, but largely unnecessary. In this article we will look at the safety tips one can follow to have an exciting, but safe experience and a general overview of what you can expect.
Once of the main things people worry about is being thrown into the water. This actually happens very often and yet very few people are hurt or injured. It is true that you might experience minor bruising if you go over some rocks, but this is most often the extent of injury that is likely to happen.
If you go with a guide like Advantage Grand Canyon, instructions will usually be given before starting the rafting adventure. Part of those instructions include what to do if you find yourself out of the raft and in whitewater. You will be wearing a floating device which will help keep you from going under.
The main thing to remember is that you are not stronger than Mother Nature. You cannot out muscle the water, so do not try to do so. With your face to the sky you should keep your head, chest, feet and legs pointing up. They should be somewhat out of the water if possible. Your butt will be pointing down in the water. You will ride out the whitewater in this V like position.
Most beginners, as well as the average whitewater rafting will use commercial whitewater guides and outfits which are very experienced going down the river and through the rapids you will be taking. They know how to take the raft down, and if they see a problem occurring they can instruct you on what to do.
It is not uncommon to find that the raft is going through some white water sideways or even backwards. This might seem wrong and frightening to a first timer, but it is perfectly normal. In fact, it adds to the fun and excitement of the rafting trip. So, if you find yourself in this situation, fear not. Just enjoy the excitement of it.
Once you begin going through one of the rapids, the guide which is at the back of the raft acting as the rudder, will call out instructions for each of the passengers. For example, he may call “left side two strokes”. This means that all those on the left side should paddle twice. Then he might say, “right side, one stroke”. This of course means all those on the right side should paddle one stroke.
Doing this will guide you safely, but excitingly through the whitewater. If you are selected to be one of the people in the front, it is considered a special privilege. The rear and front of the raft have the most influence on how the raft moves through the water. Being selected to sit in front means you are helping the guide to maneuver the raft. When the guide calls instructions he might say, “front right, one stroke”. This means that only the person at the front of the raft on the right side should paddle one stroke.
In conclusion, whitewater rafting is great fun and very exciting. By going with a commercially guided tour all possible precautions will be taken. Instructions will be given before the trip begins, and medical attention will be close at hand if an emergency were to occur. Have fun.