What is white water rafting?
White Water Rafting or River rafting as it is also know is a popular water based activity. Most noteworthy Rafting is one of the most exciting river activities. It is practised commercially and privately all around the world. Here in Scotland, the heart land of white water rafting is here in the highland Perthshire area. The key rafting towns are Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.
Furthermore the key components to white water rafting are the Rafts, personal safety equipment, training and of course rivers.
- Rafts – Today’s white water rafts are a combination of state of the art materials (Hypalon, neoprene and denier nylon) and state of the art design. The design takes into consideration water dynamics, manoeuvrability, and safety. White water rafts are engineered to handle everything the river can throw at them.
- Personal safety equipment – This includes a wetsuit for colder waters, a BA or buoyancy aid which is designed to keep you buoyant (assists your float) in the water if you find yourself in the river. Other pieces of equipment include a helmet, floating rope, a river knife, a whistle, and rescue harness built into a specialist BA.
Raft guide training
- Training – Guiding a commercial raft full of customers is a skill that takes much training and experience. A raft guide is in charge of creating the customers experience, the thrill and the excitement that only river rafting can offer. Training involves a series of technical skills tests, including river reading, water rescue, first aid and more. Hence all potential raft guides must log a specified amount of supervised trips with a more senior guide. As a result these trips must be logged before being able to apply for further assessment and graduation to “A River Guide”.
White Water Rivers
- Rivers – Every country has rivers and depending on the geology, terrain, weather etc the way the river forms will be different. The one thing all rivers have in common is they flow out to the sea. Water flows over rocks and other natural features, this process creates water dynamics. These are very important features that every rafter pays particular attention too. However the main features river rafting enthusiast are interested in are, white water rapids. These rapids come in grades, these are rated from 1 (flat, scenic) to 5 (high adventure/ risk) . For example the fun and bouncy River Tay in Aberfeldy is Grades 2 and 3. The River Tummel near Pitlochry has bouncy waves as well as narrow technical channels and large waterfall like features and grades between 2 and 4 plus. The mighty River Orchy is Scotland fiercest river with constant Grade 3s,4s as well as having multiple Grade 5s, this is a river for serious rafters.
White water rafts handle everything the river can throw at them. The guide works with their team to navigate the raging rapids.
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