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How are rivers classified for difficulty?

The difficulty of a river is classified on a scale of I to VI with I being very easy and VI unrunnable. We have classified the rivers based on normal moderate water flows, but during times of high water river, difficulty levels can be increased. We recommend a Class III river for beginning rafters and a Class IV river for experienced rafters looking for more action. Class V river trips are reserved for expert, highly experienced rafters.

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Who can go White Water rafting?

Generally, just about anyone in reasonable health and fitness can go rafting. The minimum age for a child on a Class III river (under normal water flows) is 8 years old (and a minimum weight of 55 pounds) and 14 years old on a Class IV river. There is no maximum age although anyone over 60 should be in good health and perhaps consult with your physician if you have any concerns. If you are pregnant, extremely overweight, or have back or heart problems, we do not suggest a raft trip. Swimming skills are not a requirement since your safety jacket will keep you afloat but it is recommended that you not have a fear of the water.

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How strenuous is Whitewater rafting?

You will be active, but if you are in moderately good physical condition, the challenge will not strain you. There is little danger if you follow the safety rules in Whitewater rafting, do what your guide tells you and don't try to swim or paddle beyond your skills.

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What about children?

It depends on the child and the challenge of your specific White Water rafting trip. It is a fascinating, rewarding experience for a child who is prepared for an outdoor challenge, and who can easily adjust to the company of adults and the discipline that water and river safety requires. You know your child best. Most children are mature enough around age 12.

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Am I going to get wet, and how should I dress for White Water rafting?

Yes. Water does splash on you. Wear a swim suit, and shoes that can get wet but won't come off your feet. Foot injury is the most common injury, from walking around on uneven terrain and broken glass. Shoes should be worn at all times. Wet suit booties or wool sox keep your feet warm. Bring a nylon wind shell, a glasses strap, sunscreen, chapstick, and some extra warm clothes. Have a towel and a dry set of clothes and shoes to get into after your trip and the ride home. Your outfitter will provide you with a list of what to bring for your Whitewater raft trip.

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What do I do with my camera?

You can purchase many one-use waterproof cameras from your local store or your outfitter. There are water tight boxes for larger cameras. If you have an exceptionally valuable camera, leave it at home. An old metal ammo box or Pelican box works well lined with foam and tied into your Whitewater raft.

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Is there any fishing on Whitewater rafting trips?

Yes. State fishing licenses should be obtained before the trip. You should bring a small folding type rod that can be stored easily when not in use. Many outfitters have specific trips just for fishing and the time it requires. Many areas are catch and release, ask your outfitter about his specific trips.

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Will we go Whitewater Rafting even if it rains?

The answer in most cases is; Yes! As long as cold and high winds do not become a major factor. Thunderstorms are short lived and offer a wonderful perspective on nature. Sun streaming through clouds is a part of the outdoor experience. You are going to get splashed anyway so enjoy the added ambience and beauty weather can bring. Save extra film for that rainbow. It just may be the most memorable Whitewater raft trip of your life.

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