Part 2: Stay On-BoardNovember 17th, 2016
- Posted By: Elizabeth Green
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To read the beginning of this article, then go to Part 1: 10 Whitewater River Rafting Tips From The Pros
4. Wear the perfect outwear for your trip
The water can be a bit cold during early spring. A proper wet suit, water shoes and a wet jacket will make your journey much more pleasant. Check with your rafting suppliers, you can probably rent them instead of buying them. A professional rafting company will have the appropriate gear ready for you whether you decide to rent or to purchase. While others the gear will be included as part of the package. Three more items that I think are a must are sunscreen, sunglasses and even more importantly straps for the sunglasses.
5. Properly hold the paddle
You can begin to imagine how many times rafters have been injured by their paddle. The end of the paddle forms a T made out of strengthened plastic and easily hurt you. You should hold the bottom of the paddle firmly with one hand. While your other hand always has to be on the other end of the shaft on the T grip. Your guide will most probably give you the proper training before riding on the raft.
6. Stay on-board
It sounds obvious but you can easily go overboard if you don’t pay attention. If a bump is approaching and you are not prepared for it then you can find yourself swimming next to your boat. There is a technique you can use with your paddle so the force of the bump is transferred to your paddle and not to you. I’m sure your guide will train you properly on the procedure. If you happen to go overboard, then the most important tip is not to panic. Just apply what your guide has taught you and you will be fine.
Most of the time, when someone falls overboard, they remain close to the boat. Just grab the ropes of the raft and your teammates will help get back up on the raft. If you happen to be further away, then try to swim to the raft. If you are too far then you should think of other rescue techniques. Look for other nearby rafts of one of the riverbanks on either side. Swim to the closest. These safety trips will be all covered by the training you will receive from your guide prior to getting on the raft. Pay close attention to the detail because it can all be easily forgotten when you are enjoying yourself while whitewater rafting.
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