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Tips For Your First River Rafting Experience

by Sherry Mckinney

Spending a day rafting down a river can be an enjoyable way to spend time with nature while also getting exercise. Unfortunately, if you have never been river rafting in the past, it can be very easy for you to be unsure of what to expect from this trip, and this can cause you to make some mistakes that can negatively impact your experience. To help avoid this problem, you should consider the following two tips before you get in the river raft.

Protect Yourself Against The Sun

When you are river rafting, you will likely be exposed to intense sunlight for several hours or more. Not surprisingly, this intense sun exposure can cause serious harm to your skin. While applying sunscreen before you get in the raft can drastically reduce this damage, some people will make the mistake of leaving their sunscreen on the shore. However, the protection that your sunscreen offers will weaken due to being washed off by water and your sweat. While it is possible to use waterproof sunscreen, this type of sunscreen will still gradually wash away. As a result, you will need to regularly reapply the sunscreen every hour to make sure that you stay as protected as possible.

Pay Attention During The Safety Instructions

It is common for individuals to be so excited about the prospects of river rafting or distracted by the natural beauty of the area that they may overlook the importance of paying very close attention during the safety instructions. Often, individuals may make this mistake because they assume that the risks of them being knocked into the water are low, but you should be aware that this is a very real possibility. Prior to starting, your guide will provide a detailed explanation on the risks associated with rafting and how you should respond to some common situations. Making sure that you pay attention during this part of the trip will help ensure that you stay as safe as possible while still being able to fully enjoy this experience.

Taking a trip to go river rafting can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but many people that are doing this for the first time can make mistakes that might interfere with their enjoyment from these trips. Making sure to keep your sunscreen with you in the raft and focusing on the instructor during the safety orientation help you to enjoy this experience while staying as safe as possible from a couple of common risks.

To learn more, contact a company like Outland Expeditions