Whether you are doing a scenic float trip down the Upper Colorado or a full day down the Gauntlet on the Arkansas River, there are plenty of things you'll want to do and just a few things you'll want to keep on your DON'T list. Like any other outdoor activity there are things you are going to want to prepare for to make your experience the best it can be. Here is a list of things to avoid to best help you prepare for your rafting trip.
1. Wear cotton. One of the most common mistakes people make is wearing cotton on the raft. We recommend either just wearing a bathing suit under your wet suit or wearing some kind of athletic wear, like a dry fit shirt.
2. Forget to wear sunscreen. Even if you are going early in the morning or later in the afternoon, you are going to want sun protection. Water acts as a mirror to the sun and actually reflects the sun rays, making it very easy to burn your face and other exposed skin.
3. Let go of your paddle handle. One of the biggest safety concerns, which they will go over before your rafting trip, is people letting go of what we call a t-grip. A t-grip is the top end of your paddle shaped like the letter T. As soon as you let go of the t-grip it can easily hit you in the face or possibly someone else.
4. Ignore your guide's commands. A raft full of people is like well oiled machine, and if one piece doesn't do what it's supposed to, like listen to the guide, things start to go wrong and the risk for flipping the raft increases.
5. Panic if you fall out. Most of the time when someone falls out he or she would be within a few feet of the raft, so it is super important to stay calm and follow the guide's instruction.