Rafting is a challenging recreational activity utilizing a raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid 70’s.

Classes of Whitewater:

Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering (Skill Level: none)
Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require manuevering. (Skill Level: Basic Padding Skill)
Class 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant manuevering. (Skill Level: Experienced Padding Skills)
Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable rock, sharp manuevering may be needed. (Skill Level: Whitewater experience)
Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise manuevering (Skill Level: Advansed whitewater experience)
Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. Traversing a Class 6 rapid has a dramatically increased likelihood of ending in serious injury or death compared to lesser classes. (Skill Level: Successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury or death is widely considered to be a matter of great luck or extreme skill)

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