Are you an outdoor adventure lover who has avoided white water rafting in Colorado because you don’t know how to swim or don’t swim very well? We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be an expert swimmer to go rafting and have a fun and memorable adventure out on the water.

White Water RaftingAt AVA Rafting & Ziplining, we certainly do preach that it’s important for each guest to choose a trip difficulty level that is appropriate to their swimming ability, but that doesn’t mean non-swimmers are left without an option. We have some very exciting trips that are geared toward those who aren’t comfortable in the water.

Which Trips Are Best for Poor Swimmers?

People who don’t swim well will still find plenty of Colorado rafting trips available to choose from. You can consider an Upper Colorado River float or maybe an intermediate trip like Browns Canyon Express or Clear Creek Gold Rush.

Check out our white water rafting difficulty levels page to find the trips that best match your ability.

Safety Precautions

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Poor swimmers should also know that we take every precaution to ensure our rafters’ safety. That starts with providing each person with a wet suit, helmet, and PFD. Before trip departure we give guests thorough instruction on potential situations that may occur and how to get out of danger quickly. Guests also have the chance to pose questions or raise concerns to their guides. This pre-trip routine will give confidence to any rafters who may be worried about falling out of the raft or not being able to swim adequately.

At AVA Rafting & Ziplining, we inspire maximum confidence in our guests by providing them with some of the most experienced guides in the industry. Colorado only requires river guides to complete 50 training hours, but our guide training process includes almost three times that amount. Our guides also have an average of eight years of experience, far above the industry average. They have seen it all and are more than capable of responding to the needs of good swimmers and poor swimmers out on the water.

Check out our white water rafting safety page to learn more about the precautions we take.


An Adventure for All Swimming Abilities

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Hopefully we’ve erased some of your concerns about not being able to swim well enough to go white water rafting. If you still have any doubts, you should never be shy about calling and questioning a prospective rafting outfitter about your safety before you book a trip. Whether you’re rafting here in the US or with an international rafting company, it’s a good idea to inquire about the necessity of swimming ability, the experience of guides, the quality of equipment provided, and the difficulty of all rivers that you’ll be traveling down.

Contact AVA Rafting & Ziplining today for more information about safety or about the beginner and intermediate level trips that may be right for you.