Whitewater rafting options include paddle rafts, inflatable kayaks,
oar-powered rafts and motorized rafts on larger western rivers.
In paddle-powered whitewater rafting, you actively participate in
navigating the rapids with a guide calling out paddling instructions.
“Back on the right, forward on the left”, for example,
to make a right hand spin or turn to set up for the next rapid.
“All ahead forward” to power through a breaking wave.
Whitewater rafting is fun and exciting when you are helping provide
the power. And you don’t have to be Hercules to do it. Many
families enjoy these whitewater rafting trips each year enjoying
experiences that bring them closer together.
In fact, America Outdoors conducted research with Pennsylvania
State University in 2002 and discovered that most of the participants
in whitewater rafting first reason for participating in the activity
is to enhance social relationships. There is something special about
the team building and camaraderie that flows naturally from a whitewater
trip. The research found that only about 30% of participants’
primary motivation for taking a whitewater rafting trip was the
thrill of the participating in the sport. It is not uncommon for
60% to 70% of some whitewater rafting participants on some rivers
to be made up of families, church, business or social groups.
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