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Rafting For A Unique Experience

Rafting trips are much more than fun and excitement. They let you experience the best adventure, taking you on an entirely different journey. It is time to experience one of the best water sports, which is also a challenging recreational activity. No stress, no disturbing sounds of the city life. Just the rhythm of the river and the soothing sound of the water are enough to change your life for ever.

Rafting is an ever growing popular water sport, where the rafters use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. Usually done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, the main idea is to thrill and excite the raft passengers. This sports activity has grown in popularity as a leisure sport ever since the mid-1970s.

The modern raft is an inflatable boat, which is made of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics. These have several independent air chambers to increase the strength of the boat. The length may vary between 3.5 m to 6 m, while the width between 1.8 m to 2.5 m. Packraft, which is designed as a portable single-person raft, is an exception to this size rule.

You will find the Rafts in a few different forms. The most common raft in Europe is the symmetrical raft steered with a paddle at the stern. The other types of rafts you come across are the asymmetrical, rudder-controlled raft and the symmetrical raft with central helm. They can typically hold 4 to 12 persons and are propelled with ordinary paddles. In Russia, you come across hand made rafts which are often a catamaran style with two inflatable tubes attached to a frame. In the western United States, Catamaran style rafts have become popular.

There are different classes of water bodies where you can go rafting depending on the level of your skill. The fresher can start with very small rough areas which require slight maneuvering. Water bodies with small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger require experienced paddling skills. Rafters with a little more advanced skills and experience can go rafting in large water bodies with large waves, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, which will require precise maneuvering. Extreme skills are required to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards.

Rafting can be a dangerous water sport. Hence it is very essential that the basic safety precautions are observed. There have been injuries and fatalities in both commercial and private trips. Legislated safety measures exist for rafting operators, which include certification of outfitters, rafts, and raft leaders, to more stringent regulations about equipment and procedures. Discussing your safety measures with a rafting operator before signing on for a trip is a must. Get essential information on the equipment used and the qualifications of the company and raft guides.

Like any other sports, rafting has become safer over the years. The equipment has become more specialized. Expertise in the sport has improved.One should always go for rafting with experienced guides. Don’t forget that even in safe areas; however, moving water can always present risks. Strong currents, foot entrapment or irresponsible behavior have often been the cause behind many unfortunate accidents.

While Rafting is often played for the adrenaline rush, this may often become a problem for people and their own safety. Take proper precautions and enjoy a safe rafting trip with experienced guides. Don’t keep your self away from this amazing water sport.

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