Introduction To White Water Rafting

Introduction To White Water Rafting

Whitewater rafting takes you through stunning sceneries, thrilling adrenaline rush, ferocious running waters and an overall awe-inspiring adventure. The sport no doubt goes as one of the best if you are looking to pit your wits with other adventurous outdoor sports lovers in rocky waters. But as petrifying as white water rafting might sound, the fact that you won’t necessarily be piloting affairs alone is real douser. Having others take the cruise relieves any worries and lets you get the most satisfaction as you paddle along while glimpsing past enthralling creatures and sounds. But just how did white water rafting begin? What gear do you need and what safety measures are a must? Let’s find out all you need to know on these and more in this article.

The History of Whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting has a rich history dating back to more than two centuries ago. Its origin can be traced to the first navigation attempt in Wyoming’s Snake River which occurred in 1811. With no prior experience, training or expertise in water rafting, combined with the unavailability of word class safety equipment, the unchartered territory was a real scare for adventurers .This eventually culminated in the river being renamed the “Mad River”. However, white water rafting slowly gained traction in ensuing years.

It is believed that the first rubber raft was eventually designed by Horace H. Day and Lt. John Fremont around the 1840s in their bid to explore the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. While the invention of the rubber raft may have occurred decades before, the first known commercial rafting trip was recorded in 1940. The trip opened the floodgate, as a refurbished resort hotel began to offer float trips to adventure seekers afterwards.

With many more people becoming interested in the sport, you’ll expect more whitewater rafting companies to enter the fray, and so they did in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of these companies emerged, and the sports massive enthusiasts meant it was included for the first time ever in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.  The International Rafting Federation was eventually formed in 1997.

The sport has since gone on to become an integral part in the checklist of every water sports lover, especially in the winter months and all year round.

Things to look out for when going Whitewater rafting

The adrenaline spike and camaraderie thrills that come when with whitewater rafting can be cut short abruptly if safety measures are not put in place. So making sure that all precautions are taken is what you want. Before getting all frenzy on the waters, be sure to looking out for the following dangers.

  1. Drowning

Yeah! that’s an obvious one. Water and drowning are a likely tag team, and more so when you go whitewater rafting in turbulent waters. Drowning may occur when individuals fall out as rafts flip over. Although you will likely be putting on a life jacket to make floating easier in the unlikely event that y