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February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

White water rafting is a very aggressive sport that is played using an inflatable boat. The raft or boat is used to navigate a water body such as a river or any other. This sport falls in the group of sports referred to as extreme sports because there is a lot of danger involved while navigating the water. The sport is done on white water or in rough bodies of flowing water because this way there is a lot of thrill and excitement both for those watching and those in the raft. It is a fun outdoor sport but should only be done by those who know how to navigate the boats safely.

It is very important that when you want to go rafting, you have the right equipment to do so. The first and most important item to have right is the raft itself. Contemporary rafting uses an inflatable boat that is made of very strong and durable fabric that does not tear or puncture easily. This kind of sport should not be attempted using any other kind of raft because it might lead to fatality. There are different kinds of rafts and each of them moves differently. There are those that are rudder controlled and there are those that use oars that are placed at the central helm. Some rafts are paddled at the stern and these are often the symmetrical kinds of rafts.

Typically, rafts are known to hold from 4 to 12 people at each go. All these people help to row or paddle the boat through the water as the movement is a team effort. White water rafting is a good sport to use as a team building activity because all the passengers in the boat have to work together to get the boat to move. This shows especially well when the rafting exercise is done between several teams and there is a prize for first place. There are several techniques that can be used when navigating a raft. Some of these techniques include capsizing, high siding, punching, re-righting and tricks.

The techniques are used to accomplish various tasks such as avoiding obstacles that may be lodged in the water, propelling the boat upstream and for controlling the effect of inertia on the movement of the boat. White water rafting has generally become a safe sport but dangers or risks can arise from environmental features in the water or from carelessness on the rafters' part. Some environmental hazards for this sport include lowly placed dams, fallen tree trunks, rocks and other obstacles that may be in the water. Very high waterfalls can also be a challenge and a risk if not executed properly and the only way to avoid unfortunate accidents is by having a very experienced guide on board the raft.

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