Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating sports in the world, and quality outfitters make it possible for even complete beginners to enjoy the adventure. As long as you can paddle the boat, an experienced guide can take care of the rest. Even if you can’t paddle a boat, they’ll teach you how! This leaves you with the freedom to enjoy one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Aside from learning which end of the paddle goes in the water, here are a few more simple ways you can prepare for your trip.
Know Your Physical Condition
You don’t have to be an athlete to go whitewater rafting – your guide will do most of the work – but you should take your health into account when preparing for your trip. If you have any physical conditions, such as heart disease, be sure to check with your physician before embarking on the adventure.
You’ll also need to be able to fit into a Class 5 Life Jacket (they’re suitable for a maximum chest size of 52 inches), securely grip the ropes used as hand holds on the boat, and climb into and out of the raft.
Know Your Skill Level
This is an easy one – just be honest. Don’t have any experience paddling? No problem! Just make sure that your guide is aware of your skill level so that he or she can make sure the trip will provide you with maximum amounts of fun and safety.
Bring Your Friends!
Many outfitters also offer special discounts for large groups of people. Whether you want to bring a few friends or an entire troop of Boy Scouts, sharing the excitement with friends is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of the experience.
A Variety of Trips Are Often Available
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day with breathtaking scenery or looking for a whitewater challenge that will get your adrenaline pumping, outfitters typically offer a variety of options. Trips can be as short as three and a half hours, or as long as eight. The choice is yours!
What if We Have to Cancel?
Life happens, and sometimes the unexpected will prevent you from going on a trip that you’ve been looking forward to. In these cases, be sure to give the outfitter plenty of notice. For smaller groups, 48 hours is generally the minimum. In the case of larger parties (10 or more), one week of notice is standard policy.
Bring Your Children!
Most outfitters, such as Teton Whitewater in Jackson, Wyoming, welcome children on their Snake River white water rafting trips. Kids as young as six years old can join in the fun on beginners’ rafting adventures.
The most important thing to remember when preparing for your whitewater rafting trip is that it’s going to be a blast! The very best way to get ready for the trip is to prepare for the excitement of your lives. Have fun, and we’ll see you on the river.