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Get ready to get drenched on some of the finest white water rafting sessions the UK has to offer! How do you fancy climbing into an inflatable rubber boat and heading through powerful, fast flowing rapids? Well, that's what this ever-increasingly popular water sport is all about and it's immense fun for all ages.No previous experience is required and you are with highly trained instructors on the rafts at all times. The guides will give a thorough on-shore briefing on all aspects of rafting and river safety. Once trained, the paddle crew works in harmony with their guide to manoeuvre a raft down the some challenging white water rapids. Read more...
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Before you head out onto the rapids you will be given a full team briefing. This on-shore session includes how to get into and out of the raft, where and how to sit inside it, how to paddle and what to do if you get scared or if there's a problem. It's worth noting you won't be out on you own battling with the slurry of H2O, a fully qualified instructor will be perched bravely on the edge of the raft guiding and calling out instructions as you ride.
And if you're thinking the rafts, being inflatable, might be a little fragile for this sort of wave-tastic journey, don't worry, they are nothing like the inflatables you might buy in the shops for your summer holidays! These vessels are made out of super tough materials, so there's no snagging or deflating on rocks jutting out of the riverbed. At the same, time they are supple enough to bend and bounce over the peaks and ride the troughs of the water flow.
You will also be kitted out to the max with wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet and your trusty weapon - your paddle. This is where you'll discover that working as a team is what gets you neatly through the natural obstacles of the rapids, paddling to control your speed and direction (after all, there are no brakes on these things!).
So now you've got the instructor, the raft and all gear, where will you be tackling your white water? Well, this is an activity that needs loads of fast-flowing streams and lots of space, so you won't find anyone white water rafting on the rivers of London. But it does mean you can get yourself out of the city for a day and enjoy a day in the countryside riding some of the UK's best rivers.
The main difference between venues is whether you are on man-made runs where the flow of the rapids can be controlled, or relying on Mother Nature for your epic route on a river. Our options in Northampton and Nottingham, as you can see from the Nottingham white water rafting video, are both at dedicated rafting centres where water is pumped onto the purpose-built course. Our Cardiff white water rafting is a very high-tech place where your raft travels on a 'magic carpet' so the launch is completely automatic!
Some of the most challenging natural white water for you to raft is in Wales and Scotland. We've got centres on the stunning River Dee in North Wales, the River Tay in Perthshire and the River Garry in the Fort William area. The latter benefits from dam-released waters, so there's a good flow of rapids all year round and is a bit of mecca for rafters as it has some very tricky category 3 and 4 runs that attract some very good paddlers.
Being a team sport, when you go white water rafting it means you’ll be a crew of six or eight in each craft, but there are also solo alternatives, such as white water tubing and river bugging, which is like riding the waters on an inflatable armchair. We offer both of these if you want try something different on those fast-flowing waters.
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