How To Prepare For Your First Whitewater Rafting Experience

Your first white water rafting trip promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. However, there are some things you need to do to make sure that your trip is a success. When you understand exactly what is going to happen on the trip and how you should be prepared, it is more likely that you will enjoy it. Here are some of the major things you need to know before you go on your first white water rafting adventure.

Your Guide Is Your Best Friend 

The one person you should be paying the most attention to while you are on your white water rafting trip is your guide. Your guide will make your trip as safe as possible. They will speak to the group ahead of the trip to make sure that everybody understands the guidelines that must be followed.

You should listen carefully as they will tell you how to paddle and keep yourself balanced. This is an important security lesson that you should make sure you grasp.

T-Grip Security

One safety lesson your instructor will give involves the T-Grip. They will tell you to make sure you keep your hands on your T-Grip at all times. The T-Grip is found at the end of the paddle. Keeping your hand on this part of the paddle will prevent injuries to others who are on the raft with you.

Wear Your Safety Gear

You should always make sure that you are wearing your safety gear when you go white water rafting. The most important safety gear is your life jacket and your helmet. If at any point this becomes loose. You need to stop what you're doing and fix it.

Remember, because of the nature of the activity you are doing, you could fall into the water at any given time. There may also be rocks around and you want to make sure that if you do fall into the water your head will be protected.

Get a Packing List

Aside from the proper safety gear that you need to have. You will often get a packing list from your guide ahead of time. This will ensure that you have everything you need to be comfortable while on the trip. Essentials on this list aside from your life jacket and helmet will be sunscreen, a water bottle, and clothing such as a swimsuit.

To make your first whitewater rafting trip one of the best adventures that you will ever have. You need to be as prepared as possible.