Can I go rafting if I can’t swim?

Rafting for Non-Swimmers

rafters enjoying a swim in the river

Whitewater rafting is an amazing adventure that should be experienced by everyone. However, If you cant swim, we realize you may have questions. While whitewater rafting can be an exciting adventure, it can be safe for non swimmers on certain rivers. Below we deal with the questions regarding swimming in the river and what abilities are required.

Can I go rafting if I can’t swim?

Yes! Rafting on the Class 3 South Fork American doesn’t require participants to know how to swim. We just ask that you are not afraid of the river and are adventurous!

Do I need to know how to swim to go rafting?

No, you don’t need to know how to swim to go whitewater rafting. Whitewater rafting is possible without the swimming skills. There are other factors to consider, such as the ability to paddle, listen to your guide, and move the boat.

Do certain rivers have swimming requirements?

You can still go whitewater rafting on Class 3 rivers such as the South Fork American river without knowing how to swim. However, most companies require swimming ability when you go to tackle Class 4 rapids.

Is white water rafting safe for non-swimmers?

Rafting is a great way to get outside, get wet, and see nature. However, some people are hesitant to enjoy rafting because they are not good swimmers. In Short, whitewater rafting is safe for non-swimmers. There is always a risk for injury in any outdoor activity, but rafting with a professional company is safe.

The experienced guides will give you a safety briefing, supply PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) and helmets, and coach you through this great rafting adventure.

Don’t hesitate to contact the company for more information before booking. They have a lot of information and experience to help you figure out which route is best. If you’re rafting a gentle river, you can rafting even if you can’t swim. However, if you’re rafting more challenging rivers, swimming ability is required. And if you are not comfortable in the water, it is best to learn to swim first before rafting.

Check out the American River Rafting Guide for more information on rafting and swimming.

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I hope that this helps, as always if you have questions about this information, or have other questions about river trips, please feel free to E-Mail me, I am always here to help no matter what or where your river adventure is taking you.

Hope to see you on the river this year,

Flash (over 30 years of river rafting experience around the world and back)

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