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What kind of equipment do we use for rafting?

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Safety is a critical consideration in rafting industry. At no anytime should the safety of rafter be taken to chance. Rafting industry is strictly regulated by the government and only licensed operators are allowed to run rafting sports. Over the years, progressive regulations have made rafting industry safety conscious and increasingly professional. Rafting operators boast of safety equipment that exceed the entire mandatory standards legislated by the regulatory authorities.

Wetsuit

Wetsuit are long john suits specially designed to allow flexibility needed for commercial use suits. Such specialty designs include flexible Velcro strap, torso binding, padded seat, “Durahide” neoprene construction and tough knee pads.

Splash Jacket

downloadahm_junior_blue_2_zpsd8bab895Splash jacket used for rafting are specially designed with a semi-dry top and a windbreak so as to offer rafters enough comfort and protection during winter.

Helmet

Rafting requires water helmet entirely fitted with surround pads as well as entire ear coverage for optimal comfort and safety.

Fleece

Fleece used for rafting are specially designed to keep rafters warm during winter and also protect them from the harmful rays of the sun during summer.

Buoyancy Aid

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This is a specially designed high flotation jacket fitted with a neck anchor to allow the nose and mouth to remain clear from water while maintaining the wearer in a relaxed floating position.

Bootie

These keep your feet warm and also protect them from any harm during rafting.

Paddle

Paddles are made of plastic and aluminium. They are easy and very light making them suitable for use in any level of rafting capability.

Raft

Raft includes the inflatable rafts, which are suitable for river rafting. The rafts are also specially modified to suit rafters’ comfort and needs.

Life Jacket

Life jacket comes in different sizes for children as young as three years as well as for adults. They protect the spine and back during rafting. A neoprene suit on to of the life jacket also provides ideal buoyancy in water.

Neoprene shoes

These are available in 33-50 size shoes and provide a more comfortable fit compared to ordinarily bootie.

Other Equipment

Beside the food floatation equipment and knowledgeable guide offered by rafting industry players, clients should have several additional items to maximize their rafting fun. In the first place, rafters should carry with them quick dry clothing. Certain cloths such as cotton stays wet for quite a long time and can hence make rafting uncomfortable. Rafting also requires a swimsuit, Tevas or tennis shoes, shorts, a visor or nylon hat, waterproof sunscreen, windbreaker, dry clothes to be worn around camp and a sunglasses’ strap.

An overnight rafting expedition requires a tent, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, toiletries, flashlight, a ground cloth, insect repellant, sweater or jacket, dry shoes and pants, washcloth and a towel.

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A music instrument as well as a camp chair could also be ideal for an evening alcohol party on the eve of rafting. Additionally, a camera put in a waterproof case could also come in handy, though rafters are advised to purchase a disposable waterproof camera from the rafting operators instead of ruining their precious cameras in the rafting adventure.

Carrying a knife is also recommended in rafting. A knife allows you to cut yourself free from a rope in the case where a boat flips over. The knife should have a blunt tip to avoid accidentally popping the boat.

By |August 29th, 2015|Equipment For Rafting, Rafting Tips|0 Comments

Top 5 tips for reducing outdoor-recreation injuries

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Outdoor recreation is probably the fastest growing for of sports worldwide. Activities like, skiing, swimming, hunting, riding, biking, windsurfing and many more are today accounted as some of the most liked forms of sports and recreation by individuals. Not only are these activities physically challenging, but they could also prove detrimental if not performed under strict guidance.
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Every activity has a certain set of rules one needs to follow while performing. For example, while skiing, one needs to make sure that they have the correct gear to protect themselves from any sudden fall or an accident. Similarly, a deep sea diver needs to check for his location, understand the depth of the dive and check his oxygen mask while undertaking his diving task. While keeping in mind the risks involved during outdoor recreation injuries, below are the 5 most important tips to remember while you are out there enjoying the nature.

1) Check Your Equipment:

zwXjGacU493FGWQsLgyN-largeWhile you may be tempted to just get out of bed and go surfing on the beach, it may not be the best of the ideas. Unless you are a pro at it, you need to check the condition of your surfboard, check for the winds and the water levels. Proper instructions from your surf guide will help you tame the rotator cuffs on your surf board incase of excessive paddling. However, if you are hiking then make sure to use proper footwear to avoid blisters and foot pain. Wear appropriate helmets, reflectors and knee pads while biking to avoid any mishaps.

2) Check for your physical fitness:

physical-fitness-2476It is one of the most important factors you need to check for, while setting out your foot in the wilderness. Check with your health care expert for any conditions which might affect your performance outdoor. Make sure your body is fit for the skills required to perform a certain physical activity. Working out religiously everyday, will help keep your body active. If you have any plans about to travel to high altitudes, then make sure you give your body a day to acclimatise to the altitude.

3) Learn basic first aid:

I know learning to dress up your own wounds sounds really terrifying but it might just help you out in extreme conditions. Carry a first aid kit with you, while you are outdoors and also make sure to have your usual medicines depending on your requirement. Learn to identify symptoms of dehydration, motion sickness, heat stroke and low blood sugar levels.

4) Carry enough fluids:

Keeping your body well hydrated, while scorching up the heat, will not only give you a more energised feeling but also help you in maintaining your body’s pH levels. No matter how pure the water stream might look while you are at a camp, it is very likely to contain some water borne parasites which could make you fall seriously ill. So do not take any chances of drinking the water right off the stream. Use chemical treatments or water purifier devices to stay away from any infection.

5) Be prepared:

Outdoor activities can really be unpredictable at times. It is mostly depended on foul weather conditions which could directly affect your performance. Make sure to carry warm clothing or waterproof rain gear to avoid cold weather or extreme rainfall. Consume adequate calories to help your body maintain high energy levels.