Whitewater Rafting is a high-intensity water activity that involves an inflatable boat (raft), a group of people, paddles and whitewater rapids. Whitewater rafting is not very popular in Florida, as the flat nature of Florida doesn’t allow for many rocky rivers and rapids. However, just a few hours above Florida’s border, you can find many whitewater rafting parks near the mountains that are a lot of fun. While whitewater rafting is typically a fun vacation activity for families and summer camps, it is also an Olympic sport! Read on to learn more about whitewater rafting!
How Do I Do It?
When you go whitewater rafting, you find yourself using all parts of your body while you are fighting through rapids! As your arms hold your paddle, you have to engage your core and even use your legs to stabilize yourself in the boat. There is no perfect form when it comes to recreational whitewater rafting; however, the most important thing you have to do is listen to your tour guide at all times and wear your life vest. Your guide will walk you through how to maneuver your paddle and body while you are rafting. Rapids can get very rough and possibly dangerous, so always listen to a professional if you are a beginner!
What is the Purpose of the Whitewater Rafting Paddle?
Whitewater rafting paddles are used as the “gas pedal, brake pedals, and tires” of the rafting boat, so picking the right one is important, according to Rafting Spot, an online rafting resource. The paddle itself is typically made out of lightweight materials like fiberglass or some sort of plastic. The length of your paddle will depend on your height; the taller you are, the taller your paddle should be. Lastly, the blade of whitewater rafting paddles used at recreational rafting centers are usually teardrop-shaped with a flat bottom. These paddles are easily maneuverable and the most effective for beginner whitewater rafters.
Where Can You Go Whitewater Rafting?
Unfortunately, Florida doesn’t have great whitewater rafting opportunities because most of our rivers are relatively flat. However, outside of Florida near the mountains is where most of the action is. Trip Advisor says that the best whitewater rafting in the U.S. can be found in states like Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina!
How does the whitewater raft compare to boats in other paddle sports?