Rafting equipment

What kind of equipment do we use for rafting?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Rafting equipment, Rafting tips | 0 comments

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Rafting Safety Equipment

Safety is a critical consideration in rafting industry. At no anytime should the safety of rafter be taken to chance. Rafting industry is strictly regulated by the government and only licensed operators are allowed to run rafting sports. Over the years, progressive regulations have made rafting industry safety conscious and increasingly professional. Rafting operators boast of safety equipment that exceed the entire mandatory standards legislated by the regulatory authorities.

leihmaterial_raftingWetsuit

Wetsuit are long john suits specially designed to allow flexibility needed for commercial use suits. Such specialty designs include flexible Velcro strap, torso binding, padded seat, “Durahide” neoprene construction and tough knee pads.

Splash Jacket

kokatat-super-breeze-paddling-jacketSplash jacket used for rafting are specially designed with a semi-dry top and a windbreak so as to offer rafters enough comfort and protection during winter. download

Helmet

Rafting requires water helmet entirely fitted with surround pads as well as entire ear coverage for optimal comfort and safety.

Fleece

Fleece used for rafting are specially designed to keep rafters warm during winter and also protect them from the harmful rays of the sun during summer.

Buoyancy Aid

palm_kaikoura_mix-300x300This is a specially designed high flotation jacket fitted with a neck anchor to allow the nose and mouth to remain clear from water while maintaining the wearer in a relaxed floating position.

Bootie

These keep your feet warm and also protect them from any harm during rafting.

Paddle

Paddles are made of plastic and aluminium. They are easy and very light making them suitable for use in any level of rafting capability.

Raft

Raft includes the inflatable rafts, which are suitable for river rafting. The rafts are also specially modified to suit rafters’ comfort and needs.

Life Jacket

Life jacket comes in different sizes for children as young as three years as well as for adults. They protect the spine and back during rafting. A neoprene suit on to of the life jacket also provides ideal buoyancy in water.

Neoprene shoes

These are available in 33-50 size shoes and provide a more comfortable fit compared to ordinarily bootie.

Other Equipment

Beside the food floatation equipment and knowledgeable guide offered by rafting industry players, clients should have several additional items to maximize their rafting fun and minimize injuries. In the first place, rafters should carry with them quick dry clothing. Certain cloths such as cotton stays wet for quite a long time and can hence make rafting uncomfortable. Rafting also requires a swimsuit, Tevas or tennis shoes, shorts, a visor or nylon hat, waterproof sunscreen, windbreaker, dry clothes to be worn around camp and a sunglasses’ strap.

An overnight rafting expedition requires a tent, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, toiletries, flashlight, a ground cloth, insect repellant, sweater or jacket, dry shoes and pants, washcloth and a towel.

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A music instrument as well as a camp chair could also be ideal for an evening alcohol party on the eve of rafting. Additionally, a camera put in a waterproof case could also come in handy, though rafters are advised to purchase a disposable waterproof camera from the rafting operators instead of ruining their precious cameras in the rafting adventure.

Carrying a knife is also recommended in rafting. A knife allows you to cut yourself free from a rope in the case where a boat flips over. The knife should have a blunt tip to avoid accidentally popping the boat.

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