You can either touch the bottom or you can’t. However, as a general rule wherever the river is the deepest it is also the calmest.
Yes, that sort of is the point with this activity.
No, and you can't bring your cat either.
In the early spring and late fall, yes, thus the need for wetsuits. During the summer months it is quite refreshing and bathing suits / t-shirts will suffice.
No, your pdf allows you to float whether you can swim or not.
Yes, but only if everyone in it stands on one side and pulls the boat over on their heads. It is extremely unlikely that the raft will flip over as a result of the river conditions.
No, leave it in your car, along with your change of clothes.
You’ll get wet. Actually, part of the Safety Talk that precedes every trip is about what to do in the event you fall out of the raft.
You will partake in two very dangerous activities the day of your trip – riding in a vehicle to and from our Site Office. Sadly, there are traffic fatalities every day. On the other hand, our safety record is among the very elite in the paddlesports industry.
Yes, there are various species of fish in each of the rivers we operate on. You also may see some harmless water snakes along the way. We’re not sure about the gators but we do issue “Gator Wacker” paddles to small children just in case.
Lock anything you're afraid you might lose in your car. Leave your keys with the Site Manager and they will be secured until you've returned from the river trip.
Only on an amusement park ride. A river trip on a naturally flowing waterway always starts at a point 'A' and ends downstream at a point 'B'.
Along the edge of the outside tube because if you fall out of the raft into the water you want to be as close to it as possible. Where and how to sit in the raft is part of the Safety Talk as well.
Only if you want to go on the trip.
Yes, as long as it is a USCG Approved Type III or V and you show it to one of the guides on the trip before getting to the river.
No, footgear is required and you must bring your own. Old sneakers or water shoes or secure sandals are best.
Yes, and there are numerous opportunities to take some incredible pictures but it is possible; you could drop it in the river, or on a rock, or something else bad could happen to it. It’s your camera and your choice. As an alternative, we do offer waterproof disposable cameras for sale.
I’d recommend the following advice; 'leaves of three, leave them be', either that or buy some calamine lotion on the way home – you’ll need it.
That depends on the rate at which the river is flowing and how well you are maneuvering the raft. The trip is designed to be at a leisurely pace and we will only go as fast as the slowest raft.
We get wet. All trips proceed rain or shine. We will not run the river in extremely inclement weather; like a combination of high winds, low temperatures, and snow or in dangerous weather such as severe thunderstorms or tornado warnings.
You’re kidding, right? Paddling is what propels the raft forward and moves it left or right around rocks and other obstacles in the river bed.
No, but you are welcome to bring bottled water or Gatorade, or a light snack if you wish.
Yes, but then again, they make everyone look fat.
No, unless you want to sit in the parking lot waiting for your friends that actually went on the raft trip to get back from all the fun they had without you.
No, but generally, people that really would like a guide in their raft will get one.
Yes, most certainly. Besides, they like to feel wanted.