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Selecting A White Water Rafting Trip

To select the right white water rafting trip for your group, there are several factors you should consider:

Group Composition: We've all heard the saying "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"-- the same applies when choosing an appropriate river trip for your group. First, you should consider your group's composition--physical condition, previous rafting experience and group dynamics.

Trip Length: Do you want to go for a day, a weekend or a week? Make sure the each group member is fully aware of trip logistics--not everyone is pumped up to go on a multi-day wilderness adventure.

Time of Year: Are you looking for the greenery and high-water action of springtime or the hot sun and warm water of summer? Perhaps you're interested in early autumn colors with only a few people on the river? You might even be looking for a mid-winter get-away in the Southern Hemisphere.

Scenery: Do you want to float through desert canyon lands, semi-arid pine forests, or high-alpine mountain canyons?

White Water:
Are you looking for a mild float trip, a splash of excitement or extreme white water rafting thrills? Understanding how rivers are rated will help with this decision. Most rivers (except the Grand Canyon) are rated on a scale of I to VI:

Class I: Little to no current. Small waves with no obstacles.

Class II: More current than Class I with bigger waves, but no major obstacles.

Class III: Rapids are longer and more turbulant. Bigger waves, holes and stronger currents than Class II. Generally considered intermediate. Proper guide training is a prerequisite for safe navigation of Class III and above.

Class IV: Steeper, longer and containing more obstructions than Class III. Multiple obstacles to maneuver around. Trained guide is necessary.

Class V: Strong currents and big waves. Several boulders and holes. Has a greater potential to hold and flip boats.

Class VI: Extremely difficult to successfully maneuver due to significantly steeper vertical drops and boulders. Usually considered unrunnable.

United States:
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
British Columbia
Central America: South America:
Costa Rica Chile
New Zealand: Africa:
New Zealand Zimbabwe