If you love nature and adventure, white water rafting is one of the best things to do. Not only is it a fun sport but it will get you out of your comfort zone and push you to your limits. However, as with many sports, there’s also the risk of injury or even death if you’re not prepared for what’s coming. Before heading out on any white water adventure, I’d recommend taking a few steps to ensure that everyone involved has an amazing experience. Below are my top tips for enjoying a white water rafting trip no matter how experienced you are:
Do your research and prepare yourself to get wet.
Do your research and prepare yourself to get wet.
As with any adventure, there are risks involved. White water rafting trips are no different. Before you sign up for this kind of trip, make sure you understand the risks – both physical and emotional – and know how to prepare for them.
In addition to knowing its risks, it’s also important that you know what to expect from a white water rafting trip. This means understanding what you’ll be doing while on the river; being able to anticipate some of the challenges that will come up; and preparing yourself mentally for those moments when things don’t go according to plan (or at all).
Try to find a rafting company that suits your needs.
- Try to find a rafting company that suits your needs. There are many different companies around, so you should do some research on what sort of experience you want. If you’re looking for an adventure with a small group, then choose a company that specializes in small groups or even private tours.
- Look at safety records and reputation of the company. You don’t want to sign up with a rafting company that has had accidents before because it may not have adequate safety standards and could put your life at risk when on the river.
- Consider where they are located and whether it’s easily accessible by car or plane from where you live or plan to fly into after flying overseas from home country to somewhere else outside United States (U.S).
Choose between the best white water rapids in the world.
When you’re looking to go white water rafting, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to choose between the best white water rapids in the world. While this may seem like an obvious choice for some people—it’s not always so easy. There are many factors that play into which company’s trips are considered “the best.”
For example, do they use rafts made by hand? How long have they been in operation? Is their equipment up-to-date? Do they offer classes or guided tours only? What kind of insurance do they have in place? These questions will help inform your decision about which trip is right for you!
Consider doing some training beforehand.
If you are a beginner, consider doing some training beforehand. Your guide will teach you the basics, but it is also a good idea to learn more about rafting before you go. You can check out various tutorials on YouTube and other video sites as well, so do your research and have an idea of what to expect. Training can help you relax and enjoy your trip more by giving you an understanding of what is going on around you.
Choose clothing that will keep you warm and dry.
When you’re preparing to hit the water, there are several things to consider. This includes what kind of clothing you should wear.
- Wetsuit or Drysuit: Wearing a wetsuit or drysuit is always recommended when floating in the river because it will help keep you warm and dry. You can purchase these online or at specialty gear shops that sell rafting gear.
- Dry Top + Pants: Your next layer should be a dry top, which covers your torso and arms from getting wet during an unexpected dunk (think shirt). In addition to this, it’s also important to wear pants that are waterproof so they don’t let any water seep through while you’re on the rafting trip.
- Hat/Sunscreen: A hat will protect your face from sunburns while out on the river as well as shield yourself from heavy raindrops falling down on top of your head during storms! Sunscreen is also important when going out into warmer weather conditions since it’s easy for people prone to burning easily get burnt ears off while swimming around in cold water temperatures outside during summertime days here in Colorado—especially if they forget their sunscreen lotion at home before heading out for fun adventures outdoors!
Don’t use any valuables or loose items during your trip.
You can’t take anything with you on the raft that’s too heavy, or has a large surface area. Loose items, like your phone or wallet, could get lost or damaged and be difficult to retrieve. On top of that, they could also be dangerous to others if they hit them in the head while floating down the river.
If you have any valuables that you’d like to keep safe during your trip (like jewelry), it’s best to leave them at home.
You also won’t want to bring anything that might get tangled in the ropes or lines attached to your raft; this will slow down everyone else and make things more difficult for everyone involved!
Always listen to the instructions of your guide.
It is important to follow your guide’s instructions and to listen to them because they know the river, and they can help you avoid dangers. The guides are there to make sure that you enjoy your trip, so it is in your best interest to listen when they advise you on how to position yourself in the raft or what paddle stroke will work best. They want everyone on board with them – literally – so it’s important for all participants of the adventure (and their boats) to stay safe and secure throughout the ride!
Take time to relax in your accommodation after rafting.
After a white water rafting adventure, you will be tired and sore. Relaxing in your accommodation is the best way to recover from all that adrenaline.
- Take a hot tub or sauna
- Watch a movie on Netflix
- Have a glass of wine with friends or family (or both)
- Enjoy some peace and quiet with your thoughts
Even if it’s just for an hour or two, this time can be restorative and allow you to get ready for the next leg of your adventure!
We hope these tips have given you a better idea of how to prepare for white water rafting, and what to expect while you’re on your way to enjoying the ride. It’s important not to let fear hold us back from trying new things in life, because there are always ways around them with proper preparation and precautions. The most important thing is just getting out there and having fun – after all that’s what adventure sports should be about!