What to Expect
What to Expect on a Whitewater Rafting Trip
White water rafting is one of the most exciting outdoor activities available to the weekend warrior or average Juan dela Cruz outdoorsmen out there. It’s the kind of adventure that is great to share with friends and lends itself well to making a weekend excursion out of it. In the end, whitewater rafting always leaves it’s participants wanting for more and with stories enough to fill the often long ride home. Most people have their own ideas or impressions about what a whitewater river rafting trip entails. Here are some points and questions about rafting you may not have considered in preparation for your next (or first) whitewater river rafting trip.
Expect to Get Wet on a Whitewater Rafting Trip
I know that getting wet on a whitewater rafting trip sounds like it’s a no-brainer and should go without saying. Still, there are a few people out there who think they are merely taking a ride “on” the river rather than fighting for their lives in the river. As overdramatic as that is, count on getting wet. This means that you should dress for the occasion and only bring things that can, in fact, get wet.
Getting wet while whitewater rafting is a welcome reprieve from the heat on a hot summer day. It also adds to the thrill and excitement of the whole experience even in cold weather and water. Furthermore, the raft guides will usually let you jump in and swim at some point during the trip so you’ll want to be ready for that. Of course, there is always the chance of getting thrown out of the raft as you barrel down the river and as such it is imperative a person know how to swim defensively (with the aid of lifejacket). So the bottom line is to count on getting wet. Remember, if you don’t get wet while whitewater rafting then you’re probably doing something wrong.
Expect to Have a Long Bus Ride on a Whitewater Rafting Trip
Most people underestimate the often long bus rides that accompany a whitewater rafting trip. The put in area is 30 kilometers from our shop. This means getting to and from the river could take you some time (aprox 1 hour). Unfortunately, there’s no way around it and the shuttle to get to and from the river is just a part of the whole process.
You can make things easier on yourself by taking a few precautions up front which in the long run will make this part of the trip at least bearable. First, go to the bathroom before getting on the bus. Second, bring a snack for the drive and plan on storing a snack and drink for the drive back. Third, see if you can have a towel and dry clothes on the bus that you will be on. There’s nothing worse than being cold, wet, hungry, and having to go to the bathroom while being stuck on a bus navigating the windy and steep roads after a whitewater rafting trip.
Expect Not to Be Able to Bring Anything on the Raft
Rafts generally have very limited space for anything other than people. Rafts will usually carry a first aid kit and a cooler for lunch. Believe it or not that’s probably all the raft will hold. What room there is on the floor won’t hold much of anything for long since you will be going through waves, surfing the holes, and with the possibility of flipping the raft.
Remember also that anything you bring on the raft will get wet and is easily damaged. All of this is to say, don’t count on bringing anything on the raft with you. Of course, there can be ways around this by carrying small items in your lifejacket, paddling jacket or windbreaker, and any tight fitting pack you can wear on your waist.
Expect to Receive Whitewater Rafting Training on the Trip
It is quite common to wonder if you will receive training on your rafting trip. The answer is yes you will. As a rafting outfitter it is in the our best interest for you to enjoy your time with us. It is also in our best interest that everything from the unloading of the raft to paddling down the river is as safe as it can be. Both mean that you must be trained and it is up to us to do so.
The training will usually consist of a video at the beginning of the day. Then at the river we will go through how to carry the raft on land as well as the signals your raft guide will use while on the water. Once on the water you will practice basic strokes with the paddle as you follow the guides commands.
Above all else, expect to Have Fun on a whitewater river rafting trip!