When whitewater rafting, there is always a possibility of falling out of the raft. In this post, we talk about why people fall out, what to do if it happens, and how to prevent it.
The goal of most river rafting companies is to keep all rafters inside the raft during the big rapids. Our rafts have straps to hold onto if needed, and secure places to tuck your feet to make sure you are stable.
How do people fall out of the raft?
Most people fall out by either the raft hitting a rock and them falling out, or hitting a big wave and the raft will tip on its side and someone will fall out.
Will the guides tell me what to do if I fall out?
Yes, Prior to getting in the rafts for a river trip, the guide staff will give a river safety and orientation talk that will cover what you need to do if you fall overboard in the rapids.
What happens if you fall our while white water rafting?
If you fall out of the raft, don’t panic! Your PFD (personal flotation device) will keep you on the surface, make eye contact with your guide and try to swim back to the nearest raft! Most importantly, make sure you do not stand up in the river. Keep your feet on the surface of the river, either in front of you or behind you.
Do people fall out whitewater rafting?
Yes, people do fall out sometimes. It is not very common, but sometimes it can happen.
What should you do if you fall off a raft?
If you fall out of the raft, listen to your guide. They will be telling you instructions on how best to get back to the raft.
How do you not fall out of a raft?
Paddle Hard! Make sure your feet are properly secured in the raft and paddle when the guide tells you. This is the best way to stay in the raft.
How do you stay in the raft when white water rafting?
Make sure the listen to the guides commands as you go through the rapids. There is a proper way to sit in the raft and to tuck your feet in, and paddling will help keep you stay in the raft.
Sometimes it happens, and It can be fun
Rafting guides cannot guarantee that the rafters will stay in the raft. Sometimes one person falls out, sometimes whole rafts will flip over (not very often). A lot of the time, however, those who fall out call that the highlight of their trip!
Most all California River Rafting companies take your safety very, very seriously, including us here at Whitewater Excitement. It is our goal to keep rafters in the rafts during the rapids, and let them swim in the calm areas! River Rafting in California is one of the most exciting adventures that you can do, so don’t let the thought of falling out deter you from an unforgettable experience!
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 to taking you.
Hope to see you on the river this year,
Flash (over 30 years of river rafting experience around the world and back)