Charge up your future whitewater rafting trips with the following tips from William Schoellkopf, and multiply the thrill:
- Instead of going for waterproof clothes, wear clothes that can get wet. Because where is the fun if you don’t get all soaked considering the air is nice and warm?
- Bring along stuff that is waterproof- or something that you would not mind losing.
- Paddle together, not harder. Strong paddle strokes get the raft running smoothly, but if half a boat is exerting with all its might, it won’t be nearly as effective as a full collective effort. Therefore it is important to observe each other and stay in sync than paddling in a chaotic manner.
- When bracing yourself in the raft, keep three points in mind:
- Keep your feet tightly tucked in the foothold or under the air tube ahead of you.
- For proper balance, stay on the outer edge of the boat, unless your guide says otherwise.
- For a sturdier grip, stick your paddle in the water as it will give you extra bracing points when the waves crash against you.
- Be swim ready. You might find yourself in the water even if you brace right. It is therefore important to mention to your trainer if you can’t swim or are a slow swimmer to avoid any risk of getting caught between the rocks.