If you’re like us and you’re already looking forward to the 2017 whitewater rafting season, we have some good news! Though the season won’t be back in full swing for a few more months, you can book your whitewater rafting adventure today. Our 2017 prices are up, and now is the perfect time to plan your trip to make sure the dates you want are available.
Booking Your 2017 Whitewater Rafting Adventure
At Rolling Thunder River Company, we are thrilled to over whitewater adventures for people of nearly all ages and skill levels. Both kids and adults will love spending a day on the river creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned rafting enthusiast, make sure a day with Rolling Thunder River Company is part of your summer schedule!
What to Expect
We offer whitewater rafting adventures on the Ocoee River and the Nantahala River. The Nantahala is a favorite among beginners and families with younger children. The 8-mile trip will take you through calm, flat water as well as more than 20 whitewater rapids.
The Ocoee River provides a few more thrills, and you can choose the full river or just the upper section or middle section. The Ocoee boasts the most continuous stretch of class III and IV rapids in the United States, and it’s a favorite among rafting enthusiasts around the world!
Booking Your Trip
When you choosing Rolling Thunder River Company, booking your whitewater rafting adventure is easy! All you need to do is visit our calendar, choose a date, and click on the trip you’re interested in. Let us know how many people will be in your party, select any other options you’re interested in, submit your payment, and you’re good to good! You’ll receive a confirmation of your reservation immediately.
If you need help booking your whitewater rafting adventure, we’re always available! Thank you for choosing Rolling Thunder, and we can’t wait for another great season in 2017!
Here at Rolling Thunder River Company, safety is always our top concern. Whether you’re enjoying a gentle float down the Toccoa or a thrilling Ocoee River whitewater adventure, we are committed to making sure that everything goes smoothly.
It’s pretty hard to have a bad time when you’re rafting, but there are things you can do to jeopardize your safety and lower your likelihood of having a good time. To ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow guests while guaranteeing an amazing, memorable adventure, there are a few things that you should always avoid.
Keep reading for some whitewater rafting tips to learn what not to do on your next rafting adventure!
Failing to Use Proper Safety Equipment
You may not want to wear a PFD or a helmet, but if we say you need to, there’s good reason! Your life jacket is designed to keep you from drowning if you end up in the water. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, rapids can pull you under.
And that helmet? That protects you from hitting your head on rocks and logs that could be hidden under the surface of the water. We have rules regarding the use of safety equipment for your own protection, and failing to abide by these rules is the best way to have a bad time.
Rafting Under the Influence
Rafting while drunk or under the influence is dangerous. Drugs and alcohol impair your physical capabilities, judgment and reasoning skills, and these are three skills that you need when rafting. If you’re feeling a bit anxious about your adventure, remember that liquid courage does not equal real courage, and hitting the water wasted greatly increases your risk of getting hurt.
Worrying About Your Tan
We get it. A day spent on the water seems like the perfect time to work on your tan. Unfortunately, this is a bad idea for a few reasons. First and foremost, you should always wear sunscreen when rafting. The sun is more intense on the water, and sunburns, dehydration and even sun strokes can happen faster than you probably reason.
Secondly, if you’re worrying about your tan, you aren’t devoting your full attention to the river and any potential hazards that lie within. For your own safety and the safety of your rafting companions, you need to protect yourself from sun-related problems and pay attention to the river.
At Rolling Thunder River Company, we’re here to help you have amazing adventures on the Nantahala River, the Ocoee River and the Toccoa River. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, we offer incredible trips for rafters of all skill levels.
Are you still on the fence about booking your whitewater rafting trip? If so, it’s probably because of some of the many myths surrounding this popular sport. Let’s talk about some of those myths so you can make an informed decision whether rafting is right for you.
Myth #1: Rafting Is Only for Adrenaline Junkies
Rafting isn’t always extreme. In fact, most rafting trips aren’t as extreme as the ones you’ve probably seen on TV or in viral videos. Rafting is stimulating, but there are different trips that offer different levels of intensity. At Rolling Thunder River Company, we offer adventures for just about everyone over the age of 5.
Myth #2: Only Good Swimmers Can Go Rafting
When you go rafting, staying in the boat is your number one goal. If you do end up in the water, though, having the ability to float is more important than being able to swim.
Myth #3: I Need to Be Athletic to Go Rafting
If you’re capable of getting in and out of the raft, you’re probably fit enough to go rafting. You don’t need any special training or athleticism.
Myth #4: All Rafting Guides Are the Same
When you think about rafting guides, you probably picture burly guys with beards and booming voices, and you aren’t entirely wrong. We do have a few of those guys around here, but not all of our guides are cut from the same mold.
Our guides come from all backgrounds and have varying personalities. The one thing they share, though, is passion for the outdoors.
Myth #5: Rafting Is the Same no Matter Where You Go
Every river and rafting trip is unique. The outfitter you choose makes a huge difference as well. Hitting the river with well-trained, passionate guides, such as those here at Rolling Thunder, make trips enjoyable and memorable.
Not sure how you’re going to survive until rafting season? You’re not alone! To help you bide your time, we’ve put together some tips to help rafters navigate the cold winter months.
Set the Scene
Instead of staring out the window at endless clouds and snow, print out a window-sized copy of your favorite river. Affix it to your kitchen window for a more enjoyable view when you’re doing dishes.
Dine at Home River Style
Gather your rafting friends and family for your favorite river meal. Toss on a warm jacket, and spend the evening enjoying dinner in front of a campfire and recounting you last whitewater adventure.
Explore Water’s Chillier Forms
You can’t hit the river in January, but you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing or snowshoeing. Looking for some major offseason thrills? Take up ice climbing to enjoy water in all its frozen glory.
It isn’t winter everywhere! Plan a mid-winter getaway to the southern hemisphere where you can still enjoy river adventures at this time of year. New Zealand, Chile and Fiji have some amazing destinations for rafting addicts.
Start Training to Become a Guide
For those who are truly passionate about rafting, becoming a guide is a great way to turn your passion into a career. We provide comprehensive guide training, but there are a couple certifications you need prior to beginning your training. Getting your CPR and First Aid certifications during the offseason is a great way to pass the winter months while working toward having the ability to earn a paycheck for doing what you love.
Plan Your Next Adventure
Since you can’t go rafting, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure. Rafting season at Rolling Thunder is only a few short months away. Start planning and make your reservations now to get first pick for the days and times you want.
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.
The best thing you can do to ensure a positive experience 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.
It may not be the same as getting ready for a first date but getting ready for your first rafting adventure is just as – if not more – important. Being properly attired will help you stay comfortable and add to your overall experience.
DO: Choose weather appropriate clothing
Temperatures can fluctuate greatly throughout rafting season. If you’re hitting the river on a hot summer day, guys and gals should wear tee shirts and comfortable shorts. Gals: If you just wear a bathing suit your thighs will be rubbing on a rubber raft and will get uncomfortable. Guys: You want to wear some kind of shirt because those life jackets can get scratchy against your bare skin.
If you’re rafting on a cooler day, wear fabrics such as polypropylene or synthetic fleece. These fabrics will help keep you warm. Our Nantahala rafting center also rents wetsuits.
DON’T: Wear jewelry/watches
Leave the expensive jewelry at home. Fingers can get cold which can cause them to shrink and rings may fall off. Anything you hold precious doesn’t belong on a river trip.
DON’T: Wear extra bulk
Keep your attire simple and lightweight. Blue jeans and sweatpants will actually make you colder and the weight will make you uncomfortable when it gets wet.
Yep you will get wet!
DON’T: Wear glasses
Glasses will get wet and you’ll be trying to see around splotchy water spots. There is always a chance that you might lose them in the river as well. If you feel like you have to wear glasses don’t wear expensive ones just in case they end up in the river. We do sell eyeglass holders in our store but they cannot 100% guarantee that glasses will not come off.
DON’T: Forget to protect yourself from the sun
Sunscreen is a good idea for most people while on the river.
DO: Wear appropriate footwear
The most common injuries on a river trip are foot injuries. Regular shoes and boots are not a good choice for a rafting trip. You are required to wear a securely fitting shoe of some kind. Flip flops are not securely fitting since they do not have straps to hold them onto your foot. If the weather is cool, wool socks are recommended.
DON’T: Forget a change of clothes
You will need dry clothes and shoes to change into after your trip. You will be wet. Did we say that already? We sell outstanding tee shirts in our store so check those out as well.
DO: Leave your car keys in the office
Lock everything in your vehicle and leave those keys with the office. If those keys go in the river they will not come back out.
Rolling Thunder River Company works hard to make sure you have an enjoyable river rafting experience that will have you coming back time after time. If you have any questions about what to wear or what to bring please do not hesitate to call or email us. Our staff is more than willing to help you plan the perfect river trip.