When you’re winter rafting or riding the waves in the cold autumn months, it can be difficult to keep warm. But it doesn’t have to be. As experts in white water rafting, here at Kaituna Cascades we are well aware that icy conditions can put a damper on things, and being left cold and wet can ruin an otherwise exhilarating experience. In this guide we will present some of the best ways to keep warm and dry on the water, when mother nature turns harsh.
Keep your fingers and toes warm
There’s nothing worse than icy digits, so it’s important to pack neoprene gloves or socks to keep your extremities warm so that they don’t go numb.
Layer, upon layer, upon layer
It’s important to layer away when you’re faced with extreme outdoor temperatures, as this helps to regulate body heat and keep out the cold.
Waterproofs and wetsuits
Keep your base layers dry and put on a waterproof jacket over the top. Waterproofs will act as a splash guard when you’re on the water and have the further advantage of protecting you from icy winter winds.
Similarly, wetsuits will trap a small layer of water within the fabric, which is then heated by the body to keep you warm.
Activate your muscles
Always be on the move. When you activate your muscles, your body generates heat, and your blood is kept circulating.
Drinking hot tea, coffee, and cocoa are a great way to keep your body warm. Always keep a thermal flask handy so that your beverage stays warm throughout the day.
Rotate your raft seat
As you are constantly sprayed with water, the front of the raft is where you are going to get the most wet – and cold. If it’s getting too much, ask a guide if you can rotate the seats every so often.
At Kaituna Cascades, we offer the best white water rafting experience in New Zealand. With all the gear to keep you warm on the water, our expert guides guarantee a safe, thrilling rafting adventure that you’ll never forget. Get in touch today for the experience of a lifetime!