Whitewater rafting is both a high adrenaline sport and an incredible experience. But just like any other sport, there are things that you should and should not do. Here are the Do's and Don’ts of whitewater rafting:
Do: Listen to your Guide – During your whitewater trip your guide is going to be giving you commands of when and how to paddle. It is important that you listen to your guide and follow his instructions. This could be the deciding factor on whether or not you end up taking a unexpected swim in the river.
Don't: Let go of the T Grip – The top section of the paddle is called the T Grip. This section is shaped like a T and your top hand is supposed to firmly grasp it in order to paddle. During your rafting trip one should never let go of this T grip, especially when approaching a rapid. If one lets go of the T grip during a rapid, the top of the paddle could inadvertently end up in one of you paddling partners faces, seriously injuring him or her.
Do: Know what you are getting into – There are rafting trips out there for every experience level. Make sure you are selecting the right trip for you and your group. If you have never gone before and are not in the best physical shape make sure you don't through your group on the class V Pine Creek Section. Take it easy and enjoy one of our class III trips such as Browns Canyon.
Don't: Panic if you fall in the river – If for some reason during your whitewater trip you end up falling out of your raft, do not panic. The guides will give you and in-depth safety talk prior to entering the river which includes instructions on what to do if you fall out of the boat. Listen to this talk and if you do fall in the water do not panic. Look for your guide and stay calm.
Following these simple Do's and Don’ts can help make sure your whitewater rafting experience is as enjoyable as possible. Have fun out there!