How to Prepare Yourself for a River Rafting Trip?

by On Jan 30, 2015

Taming the strong rapids of the Indian rivers is a challenge that any adventure fanatic would like to enjoy. But, the first timers might find these challenges a little intimidating which may stop them from enjoying the activity as much they would like to. That is why a little bit of precaution and brief idea about the activity is required before heading to this adventurous trip. To make their expedition full of life and to guide them with the safety notes, we have made a brief rafting guide. The guide helps the rafters who need some advice on how to prepare for river rafting in India:

Gather Necessary Information in Advance

Without simply beating around the bush, let’s talk about the classification of rapids that indicates the difficulty level. It may range between grades I to VI. Grade I is the easiest level and can be navigated even by the kids, whereas, Grade V is meant for the experts only (not for regular rafters). Rapids of Grade VI are not recommended for any rafter until he/she is willing to risk his/her life. The rapids in Indian Rivers might reach up to Grade V.


  • Find out the difficulty level involved in the river you are going to navigate and also know about the best time to raft.
  • Gather information about the temperature of the water in the river so that you can pack adequate wears.
  • You can buy a reputed guidebook that has information about the river you are planning to raft on. It will help you know about the rapids in detail, seasonal water levels, and other useful information in detail.
  • You should discuss with your rafting company in detail if you are planning to raft with any kids, physically challenged and other special needs in advance.
  • While gathering details about the rapids, find out if your co-rafters are physically, emotionally and mentally stable to accept the challenges or not. Ask them whether all of them know how to swim and if required can they rescue other swimmers.

Get Mentally Prepared to Share the Raft (if required)

If you have less than 5 people in your group, you might have to adjust with another group. The weight of the raft is important while navigating through Grade III and Grade IV rapids. So, your rafting guide might club your group with another’s to maintain the balance of the raft. However, the larger groups might require to get divided as per the requirement of the hours.

Listen to your Guide and Try Maintaining the Team Approach

Always try to abide by the guidelines laid down by your guide. He is always with you to save you from any unwanted situation. If a person is not rafting as per the instructions provided by the guide, the raft may go off course leading to dangerous situations. Every rafter involved in white water rafting needs to paddle with equal force to work as an engine for the boat.

Try to be Friendly, Cheerful and Open

All adventure activities are at last expected to be utterly fun-filled action. So, enjoying every moment managing the tides is the best way to combat the rapids. Introduce yourself to other group members if they are not familiar to you and take the initiative to start the conversation first. The guides are mostly helpful and often entertain their rafters telling stories of their personal experiences gathered over the year.

What to Pack for White Water Rafting?

When you are heading to an adventure trip you should know about what all is required for white water rafting:

  • Do not forget to take a pair of sunglasses. You might not take a sun bath, but the glare of water will create difficulties to navigate well. Moreover, your eyes might get affected if this goes on for entire day.
  • Do not make the mistake of depending simply on an athletic shorts or swim trunks. If it is winter season, try collecting a wetsuit. Women should take spare bathing suits.
  • Water shoes are best for footwear, for they won’t impede your movements any way whether you are on a boat or swimming. Just make sure that the shoes you are wearing don’t slip off by any chance. So, check their fitting first.
  • Do not take off your helmet and life jacket until the expedition is over because safety is the major concern.


Last but not the least; try joining your first expedition with an expert rafter. It will help you to enjoy the feel of all fun elements which you would otherwise miss out of fear. Usually rafting companies suggest Grade III level for the first timers whereas senior citizens and families with kids are told to try Grade II. Moreover, people with health complications should always consult with their practitioners before planning a trip.


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