10 Myths About River Rafting

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So, you’re planning a river rafting adventure? For an activity as exciting as this, its always best to be well prepared. Here, we dispel ten common myths about river rafting:


Myth #1:  You need to be "Extremely Fit"!

River Rafting can be an extremely strenuous activity but you don’t need be an athlete to paddle your way through. All you need is a willingness to put in a shift and an open ear: listen to your guide’s instructions and always follow them.


Myth #2: Summer is the Rafting Season

While rafting season is usually open from September to June, the winter months are the best time to go rafting, especially in areas like Rishikesh. The Ganges, being a glacial river, is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. So if you’re scheduling a rafting adventure, stick to the cold season.


Myth #3: You have to be a good swimmer

While knowing how to swim would be helpful, once you’re in the water, swimming against the current isn’t an option. If you do find yourself in the water, align your body in the direction of the current feet first till your guide throws you a rope. Which brings us to the next myth…


Myth #4: Life jackets aren’t that helpful

As we’ve just seen, knowing how to swim is only going to help you so much when you’re in the water. In the swirling currents and rushing rapids, your life jacket is what will keep you afloat allowing you to concentrate on getting back to your boat. Even in calm waters, a life jacket is always a good idea.


Myth #5: A rapid is a rapid. They’re all the same'

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Rapids are classified into 6 grades of difficulty, ranging from simple (Grade 1) to extremely dangerous (Grade 6). Listen to your guide’s instructions and avoid unnecessary risks at higher grade rapids.


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Myth #6: Its meant for 'Adults' only!

From kids as young as 8 years old, to fit seniors, anyone can go river rafting. As long as the prospective rafters stick to rapids that are classified for their skill level, river rafting is an adventure activity that is open to anyone who is willing.


Myth #7: River Rafting is NOT a family outing

 Of course it is! With the right equipment, suitably sized raft and a trusted Rafting Company, river rafting can be a thoroughly enjoyable family experience.


Myth #8: All River Rafting trips are the same. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all!

No, to put it simply. While the obvious variables of the wind, the currents and the season have a bearing on your outing, most companies offer rafting trips of varying lengths and duration, depending on your choices. And of course it depends on your guide for the trip. Make sure he knows what kind of experience you’re looking for so that you can get the most out of your rafting adventure.


Myth #9: I’m in the water, I’ve all the hydration I need

While you are going to be in and around the water, most of the time you spend will be on the raft, under the sun, perspiring heavily. Avoid the unpleasant headaches, dizziness and possible vomiting spell by keeping a bottle of water handy.


Myth #10: River Rafting is an extremely dangerous activity

River Rafting is an adventure sport and yes, there is an element of risk to it. However, if you make sure you’re rafting with a reputed and Government licensed rafting company and pay attention to all safety instructions, the risk is minimal.


Author: 'Joshua Moraes'




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