4 Whitewater rafting safety tips

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Whether on vacation or just getting out of the house to cool off, whitewater rafting is a fun and invigorating outdoor activity and a great way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your ability or experience level.

White water rafting is not just for the hardcore mountain people anymore. This popular sport is now more mainstream than ever before – but there are a few steps that you and your family can take to ensure that your white water experience is a good one that you will look back on your experience in a positive way for years to come.

1. Choose a licensed and professional rafting outfitter

When shopping for an outfitter, ask them questions. See how long they have been in business under the current ownership. Ask them what kind of training their guides have and what government entity manages their outfitters permit and training practices. This will let you know that you are working with a professional outfitter.

2. Always wear a life jacket, or personal flotation device

Although just because you wear a life jacket, it doesn’t mean it will save your life – it must be worn correctly. All buckles must be clipped and the jacket should be fitted snug to your body. The trick here is to have the jacket fitted so you can breathe yet the jacket should not be able to be pulled up over your head. Always have your professional guide fit your jacket. This will ensure a perfect fit.

3. Be safe and comfortable. Wear the protective gear

Always wear a helmet no matter what level of rafting you are participating in.

4. Know the commands – High Siding

When you are listening to your guide’s safety talk before the trip, pay extra attention to the part about high-siding. High-siding is a command that your guide may call out as a last ditch effort to keep the boat from capsizing. Remember: don’t panic! Chances are this won’t happen, but if it does you will have wished you paid attention during the safety talk.

While having fun out on the water this summer – make sure you follow the necessary safety precautions to avoid any serious injuries. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the victims of spinal cord injuries and their families, and can coordinate a team of specialists to determine your best course of treatment should a serious injury occur.