Getting Started / 101

Get Ready for Your First Time

Rafting is an energy intensive recreational sport. Eating well before, during and after your adventure will make a big difference in your level of enjoyment, get too tired and you're not going to have fun; so power up and let's paddle off!

  • Before you hit the water it is a good idea to do some stretching exercises to warm up your muscles as with any strenuous activity.
  • Go paddling with a guided trip or an experienced paddler you trust the first few times you go out.
  • “Always” take someone along, the buddy system definitely has its place in paddling.


Please take your time to build your level of expertise; rafting can of course be dangerous posing unseen risks, so we ask you to wear your personal flotation device and a helmet at all times. Paddling in groups is also highly recommended.

If you are a beginner there is much to know. Most sport shops have free basic beginner courses available on a monthly basis. They are a wealth of information. You never know what you don't know until it's too late, so take a quickie course if you think it would help you enjoy your first day on the water.

The best way to get started in whitewater rafting is to join a guided trip. Watch the guide for tips on how to handle the raft. How to read the water, find the channel, which water features the raft is capable of running. Rent or purchase videos on handling a raft. Take a class or train with friends.

Beginners Checklist

  • waterproof sunblock
  • polarized sunglasses
  • hat
  • swim wear
  • shoes that can get wet, flip flops are a poor choice as they tend to wash away
  • plenty of drinking water
  • energy snacks such as fruit and energy bars
  • waterproof camera
  • first aid kit
  • insect repellant
  • signal mirror
  • flashlight
  • lighter