Top Five River Rafting Safety Tips

By Mild to Wild   •   June 30, 2014


#1 Wear a PFD

Wear a Type 5, Coast Guard Approved Personal Floatation device (PFD). A PFD is better known as a life jacket or life preserver. Although it does not guarantee saving a life, it definitely can be a lifesaver. Type 5 assures it will flip you face up in the water if you are unconscious. It must be properly fitting in order to work properly. Always wear it, even when river rafting in flat water. You never know when it might be needed!


#2 Wear Water Shoes

Protect your feet from dibre, sharp rocks or branches in the river bottom.


#3 Wear a Helmet

Similarily to riding a bike, wearing a helmet while rafting will really be appreciated when you are heading out of the boat head 1st.


#4 Hold the T-Grip

Hold your hand over the T-grip (top of the paddle). If the paddles hits a rock, or you get jarred in the boat, it will protect yourself and others from getting hit by your paddle.


#5 Drink Lots of Water

Dehydration can easily occur while river rafting, even though you are surrounded by water. Bring plenty of water on your trip and drink it. Dehydration zaps your energy.

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