White water rafting is a really aggressive sport that’s played using an inflatable boat. The raft or boat is used to navigate a water body such as a river or any other. This sport falls in the group of sports referred to as extreme sports because there is a good deal of danger involved while navigating the water. The sport is done on white water or in rough bodies of flowing water because this way there is a good deal of thrill and excitement both for those watching and those from the raft. It’s a fun outdoor game but should only be done by people who understand how to navigate the boats safely.
It’s very important that when you need to go rafting, you have the right gear to do so. The first and most important item to have right is the raft itself. Contemporary rafting uses an inflatable boat that is made from very strong and durable fabric that does not tear or puncture easily. This sort of sport shouldn’t be tried using any other sort of raft because it may lead to fatality. There are various kinds of rafts and every one of these moves differently. There are those which are rudder controlled and there are the ones that utilize oars that are placed in the central helm. Some rafts are paddled at the stern and these are often the symmetrical sorts of rafts.
Normally, rafts are known to hold from 4 to 12 people at each go. White water rafting is a good sport to utilize as a team building activity because most of the passengers in the ship need to work together to get the boat to move. This shows particularly well when the rafting exercise is done between several teams and there is a prize for first place. There are several techniques which can be used when navigating a raft. Some of these techniques include capsizing, high siding, punching, re-righting and tricks.
The techniques are used to accomplish different tasks such as avoiding obstacles which could be lodged from the water, propelling the boat upstream and for controlling the effect of inertia on the movement of the boat. White water rafting has become a safe sport but dangers or risks can arise from environmental features in the water or from carelessness on the rafters’ part. Some environmental hazards for this sport comprise lowly placed dams, fallen tree trunks, rocks and other obstacles that might be in the water. Very high waterfalls are also a challenge and a risk if not executed properly and the only way to prevent unfortunate injuries is by having a very professional guide on board the raft.