Water rafting as a sport has gained much popularity in the recent years.
In fact, the thrills of water rafting have ceased to be limited only for experienced water goers, and have extended itself as a major outdoor recreational sport for many people.
Many American states, including Florida, are offering the excitement of water rafting in several water recreation parks.
This article intends to present a basic outline of this new-age water adventure and point out several important technicalities involved in it.
More tide, less on wind Rafting is essentially running downstream a strong water current in a rubber dinghy or small boat.
Canoes and kayaks are the other different types of water rafts that are available.
Rafting, unlike typical sailing is a high strung water adventure that is dependent primarily on the flow of water in the rapids.
IN fact, the rapids are classified from grade 1 to grade 6, depending upon the velocity and the turmoil of water in the rapids.
A grade 1 rapid is usually also called 'flat-water', whereas a grade 6 rapid is known to be 'unrunnable' water.
Generally the type 4 and type 5 rapids are the most popular destinations of the rafters.
A safe trip Nevertheless the intense velocity of the rafting boats, it is fast becoming a popular sport, even among courageous non-swimmers.
A raft can be of many types, the ideal raft is chosen by the experts of the field, depending upon several factors like the type of rapids and the total number of people on the boat.
A raft is distinguished by its special buoyancy properties and by its absence of hulls.
A raft can usually accommodate seven people on the boat, including the guide or the 'lifesaver' on the boat.
Actually the presence of a guide is mandatory in a river raft.
This is because river rafts often run the risk of getting overturned in a turbulent current.
It actually depends on the skill set of the rafters to save the boat from overturning.
This sole reason makes it mandatory for everyone present on the raft to wear life jackets on them.
Life jackets ensure a person does not drown when thrown in water.
Collective work Rafting is a sport that involves a feeling of comradeship.
The rafters have to synchronize their oar-strokes with one another to save each and everyone out of the dangers of an overturned raft.
No one present on a raft can be a tourist, but has to be a participant.
A rafter has to be careful about turns and bends and currents and the submerged rocks of a river.
The guidance of an experienced rafter is invaluable and mandatory in river rafting.