White Water Rafting
By Hanna Nilson
White Water Rafting or Whitewater River Rafting can be both challenging
and exciting. If you've ever been rafting before, you know how much fun
it can be
that is, unless you're one of the unlucky few who might
have experienced some difficulties. Yes, if it ever gets out of control,
white water rafting can indeed be dangerous.
First of all, there are actually
six different classes of White Water Rivers. These classifications help
to identify qualifications and safety precautions. Rafters should be aware
of the category of river(s) in order to be best prepared for the trip.
For example, if you're relatively inexperienced, stick with the lower
class's such as 1 through 3. For those who are more experienced and daring,
well there's nothing wrong with thrill seeking, but don't be hasty! Even
some of the most experienced extreme sports experts have been known to
fall victim to white water river accidents.
Class 1: Very small
rough areas, requires no maneuvering.
- Skill Level: None
Class 2: Some rough
water, maybe some rocks, might require maneuvering.
- Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill
Class 3: Class 3 White
water rafting includes small waves, small drops here and there, but no
considerable danger. This may require some significant maneuvering.
- Skill Level: Experienced paddling skills.
Class 4: White water,
medium waves, maybe rocks, considerable drops, sharp maneuvering skills
may be needed.
- Skill Level: White water Experience.
Class 5: White water,
large waves, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a
large drop, requires precise maneuvering.
- Skill Level: Advanced White water rafting experience.
Class 6: Class 6 rapids
are considered to be so dangerous that navigation becomes literally impossible.
Rafters can expect to encounter extensive white water, huge waves, huge
rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that would damage your white
water rafting equipment.
- Skill Level: Successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious
injury or death is widely considered to be a matter of great luck or extreme
Like most other river-water
sports, including Kayaking and Canoeing,
the risk level is increased both by environmental and behavioral factors.
If you're relatively new to the white water rafting sport, you may want
to consider learning some of the Basics first. Also, for your first few
trips, it's advised that you take a guided tour or at least travel with
a professional on board.
Despite the dangers, you may
also find it useful to know that white water rafting has become safer
over the years. Proficiency in white water rafting sports has increased,
and the equipment has become much more specialized. This is true across
the board so don't be intimidated! Outdoor water sports can be a great
recreational activity for just about anyone. In fact, you may be surprised
to know that conservationist and environmentalists alike have been known
to encourage water sports such as white water rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking
because it promotes a noninvasive approach to enjoying the natural wonders
of White Water Rivers.
So, the next time you plan
your water sport adventure, keep such FAQ's
in mind, be safe and have fun!
Check your local Directory
and Trip Resources
for more information.