White water rafting is a very aggressive sport that is played with an inflatable boat. The raft or boat is used to navigate a water body like a river or any other. This sport falls in the group of sports known as extreme sports because there’s a good deal of danger involved while surfing the water. The sport is done on white water or in rough bodies of flowing water because this way there’s a lot of thrill and excitement both for those watching and people from the raft. It is a fun outdoor game but should only be done by people who know how to navigate the ships safely.
It’s quite important that when you want 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 of very strong and durable fabric that doesn’t tear or puncture easily. This sort of sport shouldn’t be attempted using any other sort of raft because it may lead to fatality. There are various kinds of rafts and each of them moves differently. There are those which are rudder controlled and there are the ones that use oars that are placed in the central helm. Some rafts are paddled in 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. All these folks help to row or paddle the boat through the water since the motion is a team effort. White water rafting is a good game to utilize as a team building activity because most of the passengers in the ship have to work together to get the ship to move. This shows particularly well when the rafting exercise is done between several teams and there is a prize for first place. 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 may be lodged in the water, propelling the boat upstream and for controlling the effect of inertia on the movement of the boat. White water rafting has generally become a safe sport but risks or risks can arise from environmental characteristics 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 which might be in the water. Very high waterfalls can also be a challenge and a risk if not implemented properly and the only way to avoid unfortunate injuries is by having a very professional guide on board the raft.