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By: Maranda Steinburg
The thrill of the river draws many to white water rafting. This intense recreational activity is a popular warm-weather activity for thrill seekers as it allows them to feed their craving for excitement and danger. If you plan to venture out on a white water rafting trip, equip yourself with some knowledge of basic safety procedures for this activity. By doing so, you can ensure that your fun on the river is as safe as possible.

1. Know your Skills - River rafting trips can be tremendous fun. It can also be tremendously dangerous if you attempt a route that has too many twists and turns or some exceptionally strong rapids when you lack the skills to handle these advanced features. If you are new to white water rafting, try beginners' courses instead of tackling something that is potentially too extreme given your novice status.

2. Go with a Group - Because of the dangerous nature of white water rafting, you should never attempt this activity alone. Always go with at least one other friend, ensuring that someone is there should you run into trouble. With another rafter at your side you can reduce your risks substantially.

3. Strap on a Flotation Device - All members of river rafting trips should wear life preservers at all times. Since anyone in a raft can be tossed out by a strong rapid at any time, not wearing a life preserver could put that person in a life threatening situation. By simply putting on and keeping on a life preserver, this danger can be mitigated.

4. Dress for the Adventure - While white water rafting, you will be exposed to many hazards that wearing the right clothes can prevent. Always wear supportive tennis shoes that will protect your feet from the potentially sharp rocks that you may encounter as you enter the river or should you fall into the water. Also, wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and a hat with a brim to keep the scorching sun from leaving you suffering from a sunburn the next day. Avoid clothing that is overly tight and may prevent you from properly maneuvering as you raft, such a blue jeans, opting instead of something less restrictive, like athletic pants.

5. Research Your Route - A little knowledge can prove highly useful on a white water rafting trip. Before you head out on your adventure, spend some time studying the route you plan to take. Research the section of river which you will be traveling on so you will be as prepared as possible to deal with whatever challenges that may come up. This ensures you won't be taken by surprise while you go downriver.

There is no reason to put yourself or your companions in danger when you take river rafting trips. Taking the time to prepare and paying attention to safety details, you will be able to keep yourself and other members of your party safe while having fun and enjoying the thrills of a white water rafting adventure.


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Maranda Steinburg looked for white water rafting trips when she wanted to take her family on a vacation of a lifetime. With river rafting trips and packages for any size group, AVA's Colorado Rafting has the exciting adventure you want. Visit http://www.coloradorafting.net/#home to find your adventure.
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