River rafting was a sport that lots of people did not even consider trying not so long ago. If you look back 10 years ago people would focus more on climbing mountains or on skydiving if they desired a little bit of adrenaline but they would not go rafting. Fortunately for the rafting scene, it got popular a couple of years back, and since then it has become one of the most sought out activities during the summertime. Rafting is an extremely fun sporting activity if done right.
First of all, you have to answer yourself an important question. Do you want to go with your friends or with complete strangers?
Both sides bring lots of fun to the table it’s just that the experience will be different. If you choose to go with your friends than you can organize a fun activity where everyone will be assigned a task which they will perform before, during and after the rafting. If you are going in blind with the desire to meet new people then you better prepare everything that you might need because you can’t rely on others doing the job for you.
For starters, rafting is a sports activity that is not just filled with adrenaline while you are going down the fast river, but after the fun ride that you can perform many times during the day, you can also have a fun camping night. What usually happens is that people that go rafting bring many games that they can play with other people, or one of them brings a guitar and makes that night one of those legendary nights near the burning fire in the background.
Additionally, rafting can be an activity that gives so much more than the ride down the river. If you bring your camera you can capture it all on tape making it an experience that you can share. If you get a waterproof camera you can also capture lots of the amazing scenery on your pictures that can sometimes be so beautiful that people hang them on their home walls.
There are many things you can bring to your rafting trip so let’s list some of them.
PFD stands for Personal Flotation Device, which is essentially a life jacket. This is not just to keep you above water if you fall over, but also to protect your spine from any injury.
The second most important thing you need while rafting. If you ever fall our of the boat and you need to protect your head, and that is where the helmet shines.
All of the things mentioned here are to increase your chance of survival in case something goes bad. The rope bag can be thrown to help people that fell overboard. The knife can help in any situation where something needs to be cut for safety, and the floating bags are on the side of the boat where they will help your boat to not capsize over.
It’s that time of the year again when it’s best that you pack your bags and start your new adventure. If you have not yet decided what will you do this year, then can we suggest you try out the river rafting! Colorado river rafting is one of the most adventurous and adrenaline pumped activities that you can perform this summer.
The perfect mix between sightseeing and pure fun. When people think about rafting they often think that it’s an expensive hobby, but they could not be further from the truth. In truth, the equipment you buy once will be good for you until the day you retire, and the trips have become very cheap as compared to the previous decade. Additionally, more and more people have begun to love this exercise so it has gotten a lot of attention which brings lots of attractive offers and discounts on various trips.
When it comes to rafting, you will need a few essentials that will make your life easier.
A standard wetsuit is enough, you don’t need to get the most expensive one as the normal ones perform the same function.
When you want extra protection from the cold water you get a splash jacket. It also serves as additional clothing during the winter times if you decide to go rafting then.
This is standard equipment and we advise you to get the helmets that are designated for rafting purposes. The bicycle helmets are not as sturdy as the rafting ones but are still better than no helmet scenarios.
Another standard piece of equipment that you need before you go rafting. The buoyancy aid consists of Neoprene Shoes Bootie and the Life Jacket. The jacket will protect your back and will keep you above water. The neoprene shoes and bootie are both for your feet, the only difference is that neoprene shoes are additional and better protection than the bootie shoes which will just keep your feet warm.
These should be provided by your trip advisor or the company which organizes your rafting but just in case you are going with your own setup you will need these as well.
There are tons of other stuff you can bring to make your rafting trip either more fun, safer or more comfortable. If you can bring a camera that you can mount on your helmet so you can capture the full trip on video.
Make sure to take tons of pictures as well because every rafting trip will be one of a kind. Don’t forget if you are going to stay overnight that you can bring camping equipment and have a full-blown camping experience in addition to the rafting one.
We love rafting and we hope you will enjoy them as well, just make sure that you bring all the equipment and your good mood.
Safety is a critical consideration in rafting industry. At no anytime should the safety of rafter be taken to chance. Raftingindustry 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.
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 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.
Rafting requires water helmet entirely fitted with surround pads as well as entire ear coverage for optimal comfort and safety.
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.
This 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.
These keep your feet warm and also protect them from any harm during rafting.
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 includes the inflatable rafts, which are suitable for river rafting. The rafts are also specially modified to suit rafters’ comfort and needs.
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.
These are available in 33-50 size shoes and provide a more comfortable fit compared to ordinarily bootie.
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.
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.