Top 5 White Water Rafting Safety Tips
At Colorado Outback Adventures, safety is our primary concern. We want you and your family to have a safe, fun white water rafting trip that you will be talking about for years to come.
Here are our Top 5 White Water Rafting Safety Tips
- Raft with a licensed and reputable rafting company. In Colorado, rafting companies must be licensed through Colorado Parks & Wildlife. This means that all licensed companies comply with a strict set of safety regulations to ensure that you and your friends or family have a blast on commercial river trips.
- Wear your PFD. (Personal Floatation Device, also known as a life jacket). All passengers are required to wear an approved PFD. Depending on the river conditions, you may also be required to wear a wetsuit or helmet. This is for your safety! Be sure to wear your protective gear appropriately (i.e., keep your PFD buckled) for the entire trip.
- Listen up! Did you know that your guide has to fulfill a minimum of 50 on-river hours before they can guide their own raft down the river? At Colorado Outback Adventures, our guides have well-above the state minimum. Be sure to listen to your guide; they will do everything in their power to keep you safe and make sure you have fun!
- Wear the right clothes. We recommend wearing quick-dry fabric (such as nylon or polyester). Be sure to avoid cotton (it takes too long to dry).
- Learn the lingo. At the beginning of your trip, your guide will explain the language and hand signals commonly used on the river. Pay attention! This will come in handy if you need to communicate with other boaters.
By following these simple tips, you and your family are well on your way to enjoying the white water rafting adventure of a lifetime.