One of the most enjoyable adventures you can do in summer is taking a rafting trip down any river system in the country. If you are adventurous enough, you can even try taking on some Class 4 and 5 whitewater rapids. Of course, when it comes to rafting, it is not necessary that it should always be dangerous or challenging. Nonetheless, safety should always receive top priority.
Here are the dos and don’ts of a great Royal Gorge rafting trip. Take note for an adventure that manages to be both amazing and safe.
The Dos of Rafting Safety
- Always choose a professional rafting outfitter that has been duly licensed and certified by the appropriate government regulatory agency.
- Always wear the proper gear which includes a rafting helmet and a life vest or life jacket.
- Always wear the correct clothing. While you may be tempted to wear a two-piece or even swimming trunks because it’s summer, know that the water can be quite cold.
- Make sure that you know how to swim or, at the very least, stay afloat and use your flotation device or your life jacket.
- Make sure you understand the different commands given by the river guide.
- Always listen to your river guide especially during safety briefings.
The Don’ts of Rafting Safety
- Never ever go river rafting alone. While this might prove your adventurism, it will be foolish to set out alone. Unless you are already an established professional rafter, it is always advisable to raft as a group.
- Don’t play in the raft. No roughhousing or any unruly behavior on the craft.
- Don’t stand up unless the raft is at a complete stop.
- Don’t wear cotton clothing because it is an excellent absorber of water.
- Don’t play with your paddle.
- Don’t bring prohibited items on the raft such as alcohol and/or drugs or illicit substances.
Rafting can truly be an exhilarating and memorable experience. It is for this reason that you need to make sure to observe safety protocols so you can make then most out of the experience.