How To Prepare For Your First Whitewater Rafting Experience

Going whitewater rafting for the first time is an exhilarating and exciting activity that you will remember for years to come. Get ready to experience the ride of your life with friends and family surrounded by breathtaking nature views. Before the day arrives, it's important to know what to expect so you can be well-prepared. That way you can avoid running into surprises and instead focus on having fun.

Wear a Helmet and Life Jacket

Staying safe should always be the number one priority while out on the river. One of the best ways to stay safe while whitewater rafting is by wearing a helmet and life jacket for the entire duration of the experience. They both should be snug yet comfortable. If your helmet or life jacket are not fitting correctly, or if anything has not been fastened properly, please let your guide know immediately so they can help you.

Dress Appropriately

Choosing the right outfit and accessories will make your whitewater rafting experience all the more enjoyable. Don't forget to pack your sunglasses so that your eyes can take a break from all the sun. Sunglasses will also help soften the glare that appears off the water. In case you happen to fall in, wearing water shoes is a good idea. They won't fall off your feet or keep you weighed down—an old pair of sneakers work well too. For warm days, wear quick-dry workout clothes over a swimsuit. One-piece suits are great for women, while men can opt for swim trunks. On cooler days, a wet suit paired with wool or polar fleece works wonderfully since both materials dry fast.

Stay Hydrated

While out on the river, people tend to have a difficult time staying hydrated. They don't think about hydration until it's too late. Drink lots of water leading up to the big day, and then continue hydrating while out on the river. Even though you'll be surrounded by water, it's very easy to forget to hydrate if it isn't on your to-do list. Pack hydrating foods like fruits and raw veggies as snacks.

Listen to Your Guide

Your guide is a professional and has been whitewater rafting for a long time. If you have a question or need help with something, never hesitate to ask. Your guide will be more than happy to be of assistance. Remember to always listen closely to everything your guide says so you don't miss any important instructions.

If you want to go whitewater rafting, reach out to a trip provider in your area.