Practical white water rafting tips

White Water Rafting in Padas RiverAll rafters will be given a safety briefing before the ride and will be shown paddle-handling, basic backward and forward paddling techniques and other safety precautions. Paddles, life jackets, safety helmets, life-lines, first aid its and rescue bags provided by the operator. The rafter only needs comfortable clothing which does not hinder movement.

Always check that the helmets and life jackets provided fit you well and are not too tight or too loose. If you have over-turned close to the river bank, don’t use your raft paddle, as you may hit someone else. Never attempt to use the paddle as a lever against rocks as you risk getting hit by it.

Additional points:

  1. Bring a change of clothes. A warm-up jacket is also a good idea.
  2. Wear secure, well-fitting shoes or diving booties.
  3. Jewelery which cannot be secured firmly should not be worn while rafting.
  4. Those wearing glasses should use an elastic sports holder to anchor their spectacles.
  5. Contact lens users are advised to wear spectacles instead, in order to cut down the risk of lenses getting contaminated.
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