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Whitewater Rafting Classifications

Whitewater Rafting ClassificationsWhitewater Rafting Classifications
Use the guide below to assess which whitewater rafting trip is most suited to your expectations. Remember, rivers are affected by weather and other conditions that can change the rating.




Whitewater Rafting Class I - VI Rating Scale
CLASS I:
Moving water with small waves that tug at the boat - it's a relaxing way to spend the day. Each of our trips have some stretches of calm class 1 water, creating a pleasant break between rapids.
CLASS II:
Easy rapids, waves up to three feet tall that are readily seen, and wide channels that can be discovered without scouting. Some maneuvering is required during the little rock and roll of a class 2 rapid.
CLASS III:
Waves up to four feet and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over it's sides. Plenty of excitement can be found in class 3 rapids.
CLASS IV:
Class 4 rapids are characterized by long, difficult rapids, narrow passages, turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering and sends hearts racing.
CLASS V:
Class 5 rapids are all of the above and then some - large, complex, gushing rapids, twisting, and spinning to deliver the consummate adrenaline rush.
CLASS VI:
The ultimate extreme, only the most expert should attempt class 6 rapids. Raft trips don't go here. There's too much other water to enjoy.


     
 
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