Rafting Boat

River Rafting Family Reunion and SplashingPhoto Credit:Carissa Rogers

If you are looking for something to do that will take your breath away for the weekend, get on the river. The exhilaration and adrenaline rush from facing a raging river is enough for the craziest of junkies. If you’re after an alternative destination for a summer trip, or even during the weekend break, then an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip should be just the thing to get your blood going. From the moment you cast off from the banks, to your first rapids, up to the end of your rafting expedition, the entire whitewater rafting vacation is sure to refresh you for another take on everyday life.

The Various Levels of Rafting

Since whitewater rafting means having to tackle a more or less free-flowing river with varying elevations, specialists have come up with several different classifications of rapids. The first four levels are the ones most commonly found in whitewater rafting tour packages, and can easily be managed by beginners.

The first two levels are nothing more than a sudden drop in elevation. In these rapids, the river picks up speed and makes navigation just a little bit more difficult. In the second level, the placement of natural barriers such as rocks and cliff walls add to the difficulty.

Level three rapids are trickier than the previous two, due to its physical characteristics. The sudden burst of speed is accompanied by a gauntlet of rocks that can easily sink your raft. Some level threes can be found on river bends, which adds to the technical difficulty of the rapid.

Level four combines all three rapids into a single series of long and difficult set of rapids. The mere fact that navigation through a level four rapid is almost impossible without extensive rowing experience makes the level four the toughest of all manageable whitewater rapids there is. Beginners are advised to avoid all river tours that involve these types of rapids.