Sports are often seen as those played within courts and fields. What people usually forget is that aside from indoor sports, there is an abundance of nature-based sports. These sports make the most of what nature has to offer including those found in oceans, mountains, rivers, canyons for example. Adventure sports have been increasingly popular over the past decade through the assistance of social media based platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, twitter for example. In addition to all of the beautiful photos floating around online introducing people to these great locations and because there are so many attractive aspects to adventure seekers, some of these attractions are located within the world's natural wonders, Grand Canyon for example. Rafting is a well-known example as it involves paddling or rowing through a river or any running body of water.
Colorado River Rafting Adventure Sports
If you are one of those enthusiasts who is eager to try something new, willing to pursue whitewater rafting as a vacation, sport or hobby, you will want to invest in some of the following equipment. However, for commercial raft trips, all of these items are included with your raft trip.
Helmets - not required on Grand Canyon raft trips, more on this below
Rain gear, preferably with neoprene enclosures at the neck, wrists, waist, ankles
Techniques in Rafting
While there are many techniques and skills earned only after miles and miles of experience rafting and reading/navigating rapids, your qualified river guides commonly practice the following:
Punching - this is the most common technique used by water rafters. It involves paddling hard and fast enough to pass through currents or an eddy.
High siding - this is a maneuver which helps in preventing the raft to flip. This is often used whenever the hydraulics cannot be managed simply by paddling.
Low siding - this technique is used by professional guides to pass through narrow channels.
Is rafting dangerous? Rafting and other nature related sports should not be singled out since all sports do pose risks. It is just that the risks involved in sports like water rafting at times unpredictable in nature and thus there is the need to be prepared for it. River guides in Grand Canyon must have rafted many rivers in order to graduate to the Colorado river. Further, they must successfully navigate the entire Colorado river multiple times before being able to carry passengers along in their rafts. Safety Tips for Rafting Adventure sports like rafting are indeed prone to accidents. Since it is often inevitable, many have released precautions before, during or after rafting. Below are some tips for a safer rafting experience.
Bring plenty of water and snacks/food along with you
Bring the appropriate warm clothes you'll need for when the sun goes down. The key to staying warm is staying dry and alternatively, the key to staying cool in the hot sun is staying wet.
It is recommended that you be accompanied by a professional water rafter - All 15 concessioners operating raft trips in Grand Canyon have professional knowledgeable guides navigating the rapids for you or calling out commands while in a paddle raft.
Life jacket are mandatory on these raft trips and do not remove it especially while rafting
Be knowledgeable, prepared and listen to your guides at all times