Best Rafting Thoughts

rafting tips

Whitewater rafting has become quite a widely recognized and enjoyed sport throughout the years. Some river courses, such as the Grand Canyons Colorado river, have even become safe rafting venues thanks to the growth in rafting experience and boating technology; such things as self-bailing crafts have been keeping rafts afloat, and experienced rafting guides are usually trained well-enough to assess river conditions and provide first-aid to any injuries that could arise. We picked up our guides at some Cedar City Utah hotels.

That said, it never hurts to know a little bit about the possibilities and kinds of injury that could happen during a rafting vacation.

How Hurt Can You Get?

Half the time, injuries from whitewater rafting happen because of careless or foolish behavior aboard the raft. While the amount of rafting is pretty low considering the insurgence of whitewater rafting enthusiasts, the injuries one can get vary, from simple rowing sprains to hypothermia.

There are four different kinds of rowing injuries:

  • Trauma from striking an object
  • Traumatic stress from paddling (muscle sprains)
  • Overuse injuries (similar to #2)
  • Submersion / environmental injuries

The most common rafting injury’s that occur (51 percent) occur on board the raft. Some of these injuries arise from being struck by a paddle or other rafting equipment. Most of these occur in the face and knee, with very little shoulder hits and even less occurrences of lacerations.

Posing the biggest danger to the whitewater rafting enthusiast are the dangers from immersion into the river for long spans of time. Being carried by the current can lead to broken bones, muscle sprains, and other impact-related injuries. There is also the danger of hypothermia.

So What Can You Do?

Usually, whitewater rafting outfitters provide river guides that have been trained to deal with emergency situations and first aid, but knowing a little bit about how to take care of yourself while in the raft and in the drink can mean the difference between safety and injury.

There usually isn’t any need to bring first-aid kits, since the outfit should also provide one for the trip. But should you wish to do so, plasters, gauze and antiseptics are a must. Bug spray and bandages for splints can also help.

The one thing any whitewater rafting enthusiast should remember is that one should never fool around while on the raft. You could seriously get hurt, or end up hurting someone else. Follow everything the guide tells you to do.

Knowing a little bit about how to secure broken bones and treating cuts and bruises can greatly contribute to the overall safety of the entire whitewater rafting crew, and can keep your rafting guide free enough to take care of other pending matters such as keeping the trip safe. If you’ve had lifeguard training, the knowledge of CPR and water rescue techniques can also be a huge boon to the entire trip.


Rafting Tips


“You’re rocking the boat”

This isn’t just a popular children’s rhyme, it’s an admonishment. People have this tendency of acting the fool during fun and exciting adventures, and this remains, to this day, one of the leading causes of accidents while river rafting. While it isn’t totally bad to have fun during adventure trips, one should be aware of everything, including one’s own movements. Our beginning point for our excursion was a Cedar City hotels.

If you’re being led by a river rafting guide or a skydiving instructor, be sure to take note of everything he says, the slightest order can keep you or a member of your team from getting injured. They know the ropes and have a rough idea of how anything can go wrong. You don’t. Give him props for experience.

If you’re alone, or in a group without any experienced guide, play it safe. If you think that the next bend in your rafting trip’s a bit too much for you to handle, it probably is. Don’t do anything you’re not sure you can keep under your control.


River Rafting Tips and tricks

Some of the best and most knowledgeable experts in whitewater rafting, skydiving, or any extreme sport agree that one of the greatest things a person can do for any expedition is to prepare and prepare well. Unfortunately, this is usually the part that most people tend to neglect. A bottle of rubbing alcohol, a little Tylenol, a roll of bandages and a bottle of mosquito repellent can really mean the difference between a good and a bad trip. One bad insect or animal bite or a broken bone can be prevented or controlled with any of the above implements.

If you’re preparing for an extreme adventure, always make sure to double check for provisions. The most important of these is the first-aid kit, and no self-respecting professional sportsman would be caught dead without even the most rudimentary kits. If it’s going to be a trip that would span a couple of days or so, always make sure that someone always know where you’re headed, and how long you’ll be away. Always travel in a group: there’s safety in numbers (this isn’t just a myth), and any injury can become an easier burden with a helping hand or two, or three.

And the best advice of them all: in cases of emergency, don’t panic.


Overcoming the Fear of Rafting

The sound of the river is loud, you see the frothy white water and the adrenalin level every minute. Just something like this, it sure was many before her first rafting trip. But what exactly comes in the hours to come? This question was sure many of you before their first rafting trip made. These are some of my thoughts as we recently took a trip down the Grand Canyon. There was so much anticipation before we set out, hope for a good time, hope for a safe time; but also hope for an exhilarating time.

Colorado River BoatingPhoto Credit: Grand Canyon National Park

I was with some fellow business colleagues who were a little fearful they might not return, but after some talking to them we convinced them the fun was worth the risks. That thousands of people everyday brave the wild waters and make it home in one piece, and that as long as you have a good guide there is little to fear but fear itself and freezing in a moment when you’re needed to act accordingly. This is what we discussed while utilizing a gifted Utah vacation package before we set out.

Rafting (“Old German”: river rafting) has become one of the most popular outdoor sports and is popular among recreational athletes from year to year. At this water sport you are driving along a special form of an inflatable boat (raft), set with 4 – 12 people, a chosen wild river down. Rafting tours are always performed by commercial providers, and after a detailed briefing of all participants naturally moves in each boat with at least one guide itself. He takes over the controls and rear of the boat there.

After all participants get a wetsuit, helmet and a bladed paddle equipped, it is now time to PADDLE! And the hardworking and above all in the same rhythm, not so easy in the beginning. You can tell it relatively quickly that rafting has nothing to do with a leisurely boat tour, but also means a lot of work but lots of fun and action. With all pleasure but safety should always be considered. Before the tour, all participants should be advised the provider to the dangers and rules of conduct in case “man or woman overboard” must be equally clear. Then all have fun and voluntary jumps into the cool water are allowed in certain places where the current isn’t to much and you can frolic around the water without much concern.

Rafting and Adrenaline

From the green river we made ​​ourselves on 4 Day of our trip on the way to through beautiful and stunning Utah landscape. Utah is known and popular with all the whitewater fans in the United States.With this region that offers two stunning stretches of white water for rafting fans and those who want to be at. Our guide that day was Josh that has successfully guided for more than 10 years, he did not disappoint and was able to show us the river, didn’t dump us, and made us laugh the whole time. There were actually a number of dedicated employees who came together to make this trip a success. All of this transpired while utilizing one of their hotel group packages, but after which we decided the trip would go forward.

Convention rooms and river raftingPhoto Credit: François Rejeté

After a detailed briefing on land, including a few dry runs – for safety on board and commands while driving – then we could convince ourselves with a dip into the water that was pretty cold, that we were ready to go. With wetsuits in hand we were off on our excursion.

We started our boat, along with three travelers around 11 pm. First, a small quiet settling-in period, and already the first major rapids came to us! The commands of us Josh heated vigorously to paddle, so the upset – to avoid the boat – also known as “flipping”. That feeling of rafting is always breathtaking, the adrenaline shoots throughout your body immediately into the blood and you get like a wide grin across his face time, which lasts the whole tour. A total of 10 boats were in the water during the tour so you could be a little duel with the other participants with water fights via paddle. During quieter passages you can always jump into the water again. But you can tell fairly quickly that it is not a lake and the ice-cold water temperature quickly weakens despite a wetsuit. So you should always stay close to the boat. Overall, again great fun and an unforgettable experience for all.

That was the trip that we were able to experience. Never did we regret the choice we made to take our friends on this excursion. They couldn’t keep a smile off of their faces, and laughter was as frequent as the birds chirping along our path. If you get the chance to do the Green river make certain you jump on that opportunity as you will never forget the experience, even if you get thrown sky high into the freezing water, it will be worth it.