Ins and Outs of White Water Rafting

Published on November 3, 2020 | Last Updated December 8, 2021

The Wonderful World of White Water Rafting

There are a few things you need to know before going white water rafting for the first time. Are you ready to go. if you are here are some tips to know. If you haven’t gone before, we will go over some beginner information as well as give some more advanced tips! Watch out though, you might catch the bug and find the best job in the world as a whitewater rafting driver once you have some experience.

Rafting Guides

Rafting GuidesWhether you are a whitewater rafting or kayaking enthusiast, a beginner, or advanced, you will find comprehensive guides that will take the guesses out of the river selection. Experienced guides can select the sections of the river and whitewater rafting that best suit your skills.  They can also help you choose a river that is perfect for you and your skills, whether you are a beginner or an experienced whitewater specialist, kayak or canoe guide.

White Water Rafting Levels

Fortunately, you have a wide range of options when it comes to your whitewater rafting adventure, as the difficulty of rivers vary from a quiet walk through the Class I river to the extreme thrills of Class V. If you are a beginner start with Class I and Class II until you understand to the flow and rock of the raft and paddle movements

River sections can be specifically designed and made up of rapids of difficulty levels III and IV. These are usually more fun than those of class IV due to the topography of the river. They are ideal for those who want to get their adrenaline pumping while rafting.

Rafting in Colorado

For most experienced white water veterans, white water rafting in Colorado is one of the most popular white water rafting activities in the United States. Some water levels are smooth, others can make you afraid to ever ride the Colorado raft again. A popular choice in the State is Glenwood Springs, which has those Class III and IV mentioned earlier. If you want to test your mettle, it would be a fun trip to take!

Rafting in Maine

White Water Rafting

There are a number of beautiful Maine white water rafting outfits available in Interlaken and other parts of the state of Maine. This way you can choose the best white water riverbed for you and your family for your next adventure. Class I whitewater rafting is done in calm, easy moving sections of river that are free of obstacles. You can also bump it up a notch to Class II for a bit of an adventure.

Highest Levels of Rapids

The difficulty of white water rafting are measured by class ranging from I to VI. Class VI, the highest class of river beds, are considered unsafe even for experienced rafters. Usually experienced rafters enjoy rivers classified as III, V and V instead of Class VI. Even professionals avoid Class VI rivers as they consider them unsafe.

White Water Rafting Needs

The needs are pretty basic if you’re going to go rafting for the day. If you’re going to go rafting with a guide and outfitter, your needs are even more basic. I would suggest closed toed water shoes, bathing suite, shorts, a shirt, sunscreen, and of course water. Anywhere you go to start you will have fun, just be safe and choose the right guides to help you and you’ll be good to go! Happy rafting!


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