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Braving the Rapids: Whitewater Rafting Trip Advice for Adventurers

Whitewater, the term used for the raging foamy waters of rivers high up in the mountains or in certain places close to dams, is self-descriptive — you almost know what it means without looking it up. If you like the idea of pitting yourself against the raging power of nature, nothing comes close to a rubber boat tossed about savagely on seething waters.Three travel tips for those looking to do some adventure travel rafting.Take a look at this blog post to learn whitewater rafting.

Whitewater rafting, to some, is a lifestyle. They have a tough, one-with-nature personality, and often look the part too, with a fit body, a car like a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a love of daredevilry. It’s possible to experience the powers of nature without making a lifestyle of it, though. You only need to travel to the places that have whitewater rapids (summer man-made theme park-like experiences exist, as well), get on the boat guided by an expert, and launch yourself out there.

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Rafting provides one of the biggest adrenaline rushes known to humankind. However, if you’ve never experienced nature at its rawest, you should prepare before you sign up.

They call them whitewater expeditions

The first thing you should do is to watch a few videos of how exactly a trip goes. It’ll prepare you mentally for the physical nature of the experience. If you plan to head out soon, you’ll have some shopping to do, as well.

Make sure you have sunglasses to keep the considerable glare out your eyes. However, because the water can be freezing cold, it’s a good idea to take your own rubber wet suit or make sure the service you sign up with has one available in your size.

Waterproof shoes or simple soft sandals are good idea too — there is always going to be plenty of water splashing in, after all. You’ll need helmets and jackets, but the service will rent those out.

Go to the gym

Whitewater rafts are large, and the forces at play are powerful. This means the tour guide will likely need your help. You do need to be in fit condition, able to paddle powerfully whenever you’re asked to.

If you feel that you’re out of shape, you should probably hit the gym. Fortunately, you don’t need to learn how to swim. Any good service will outfit each guest with quality life jackets, harnesses and other necessary safety equipment.

Finally, you should remember to keep alert

While whitewater rafting is a safe activity, you do need to get familiar with the guidelines published and handed out by the service. Remember to pay attention to the guide throughout the trip.

You’ll need to paddle when you’re asked to, and stop when you’re asked. It can be a wonderful group experience to have everyone pulling together.

Brian Cunningham has worked as a travel planner for 10 years. Specializing in adventure travel, from Safari’s to Snowboarding trips, he shares his thoughts on a variety of travel blogs.

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