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Tips for Whitewater Rafting with Kids

Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating water adventure that most of the family can enjoy together. This is one activity where children are welcome to participate as long as they meet the age requirements for each particular trip.  Of course, special planning for this kind of trip will help to ensure that your children will relish the experience and look forward to more rafting trips.

Prepare Accordingly

The best thing you can do to ensure a positive Whitewater Rafting with Kidsexperience when whitewater rafting with kids is to prepare accordingly. Pay close attention to the rules and regulations set forth by your outfitter, and take their recommendations seriously. Make sure to dress the entire family appropriately, and leave a set of dry clothes in the car for each child to change into after the trip. Remember things like sunscreen, and make sure your kids leave personal items, like toys, jewelry and other trinkets, in the car when it’s time to embark on your adventure.

Talk to your children prior to the trip to ensure that they understand what they are going to experience. Even calm waters can be a bit scary for small children, especially if they have no idea what to expect. Explain to them that they are likely to get wet and experience some bumps along the way. It can be helpful to plan a warning phrase to let your kids know when water is going to be hitting the raft or they might get splashed.

Choose the Right River

For kids, Class II and under rivers are recommended, especially for first-timers. If you aren’t sure which trip will be best for your kids, don’t hesitate to contact the rafting company in advance to get their opinion. Since even relatively calm rivers can be rougher during certain times of the year, they may also recommend the best time for rafting with kids.

By law, children under the age of 12 are not permitted on certain rafting trips. Rolling Thunder River Company will be more than happy to help you choose the adventure that is right for your family.

Make Sure Everyone Listens to Your Guide

Your guide is there to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. In addition to making sure your kids pay attention to and respect your guides, as a parent, you also need to remember to follow their instructions. They are doing their jobs and only have your best interests in mind. Also, if you are closely following your guide’s instructions, your children are much more likely to follow suit.

At Rolling Thunder River Company, we strive to provide safe and memorable white water rafting adventures for the entire family. To learn more or to book your trip, give us a call now at 1-800-408-7238. You can also contact us here for more information.

Looking for a Fun and Unique Way to Improve Communication? Here’s How!

Rafting does more than provide an exciting adventure and excellent exercise. For families, outdoor activities like rafting can drastically improve communication and build trust. If yourRafting Benefits for Families family could benefit from some communication and trust building, a visit to Rolling Thunder River Company may be just what you need!

River rafting is an adventure that requires teamwork. Thrilling and challenging trips down the Nantahala or Ocoee River require everyone to communicate and work together. This can greatly strengthen family relationships and establish fellowship among family members.

At Rolling Thunder River Company, we have adventures for people of all ages and skill levels. Your trip will lead you down the scenic Ocoee River or Nantahala River. Nantahala River rafting is ideal for first-timers and younger kids (as long as they’re 7 or older or weigh at least 60 pounds!). The Nantahala has class I, II and a single III rapid near the end of the trip. You can choose to have a guide in your raft, you can follow a guide, or you can go on a non-guided adventure.

For more experienced rafters and kids over the age of 12, Ocoee River rafting provides a more adventurous trip. The Ocoee, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events, has the most continuous stretch of class III and IV rapids of any river in the United States. Full and half day trips are available, and a certified guide in each raft is included in the cost.

No matter which river is right for your family, a rafting trip is a great way to build communication in a fast-paced, heart-racing environment. As you and your family safely navigate through the rapids, you will build trust and create memories that will last for years to come.

To schedule an amazing day with your family, give Rolling Thunder River Company a call today at 800-408-7238.