Whitewater Rafting, Taking on the Challenge
Whitewater rafting or Rafting is one of the extreme sports in the world. In this outdoor activity, you will be required to use a raft of an inflatable raft to actively navigate on fast moving bodies of water like rivers. The more intense the river is the more fun rafting gets. The popularity of whitewater rafting has started since 1970’s. Though it is fun, but it can be very dangerous sport.
In whitewater rafting, the inflatable raft you are using, if you are not familiar, is actually a boat with very durable materials that consist it, durable enough to face violent water currents and bump on river rocks. The rafts may be different in form depending on which country it was made. But the common form is the symmetrical raft. It is steered on with a stern and a paddle. Other forms include rudder-controlled raft, symmetrical raft with central helm and also the asymmetrical.
Russians have very different raft. They often have it hand made and the in catamaran style, attached on both sides are 2 inflatable tubes as framing. There are 2 paddlers that can navigate using this type of raft. This style of catamaran raft is already famous in the United States.
Whitewater rafting sport is being face having 6 difficulty levels as based on the intensity of the water. It ranges from a simple flow up to the very dangerous currents. The difficulty levels are referred to as “grade”
A grade 1 level whitewater rafting is in a area with very little roughness. This is of course for the beginners with basic level of skills. It just requires maneuvering slightly.
Then in grade 2 rafting, you may experience some rocks and a rough water flow. You just need to have the basic paddling skills and maneuvering skills to be allowed in rafting on this grade.
Then the grade 3 whitewater rafting will be facing along some small waves, whitewaters, slight falling off the raft but not very dangerous. In this certain grade you will be required to have good maneuvering skills and you should be an experienced paddler if you opt to go to this grade.
On the grade 4 whitewater rafting you will be facing medium sized waves, medium rocks, and considerable drops and then you will be required to have a sharp skill in maneuvering you must have a whitewater experience if you want to go far to this level.
Grade 5 difficulty will involve large waves, very rapid water flow, may have large rocks along the water that are dangerous, possibility of dropping off the raft. This level will be requiring a precise skill in maneuvering, and you must have an advanced experience on whitewater.
Then on grade 6 difficulty, the rafting will be very dangerous than on grade six of course. Going to these rapids without injuries or death might be very lucky. You can not just simple go into this level, you will be required to pass a certain class for this grade.