Whitewater rafting is a thrilling and adventurous activity that is enjoyed by thousands around the world. Here in New Zealand, we have some of the best white water rafting you will find. The Kaituna River’s seven-metre-tall Tutea waterfall in Rotorua is particularly famous as one of the most exciting white-water rafting experiences in the world.
However, it is also an inherently dangerous sport that requires ample safety precautions and preparation to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe experience.
Here are some tips for ensuring that your whitewater rafting experience is safe and enjoyable.
Choose A Good Guide
It is essential to choose a reputable and experienced white water rafting company, such as Kaituna Cascades. Our team has several highly experienced whitewater rafting guides who can ensure your safety on the water. It is important to choose a whitewater rafting guide from a company that has a good reputation and a proven safety track record. Before booking your trip, research the company you intend to go rafting with and look for reviews and testimonials from past customers.
Once you have chosen a good guide from a reputable company, it is important to make sure that you are properly equipped for the trip. This means wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, as well as bringing any necessary personal items, such as sunscreen and water.
Your guide will provide you with a safety briefing, including information on the specific risks and hazards of the river and the proper technique for riding the rapids. Your guide will also provide you with basic safety gear, such as a life jacket and helmet.
A key aspect of whitewater rafting safety is proper communication. Your guide will likely give you specific instructions on how to communicate with the other members of your group as well as how to signal for help in case of an emergency. It’s important to follow these instructions and pay close attention to your guide throughout the trip.
When on the water, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for hazards such as rocks, rapids, and low-hanging branches, and make sure to follow the guide’s instructions on how to maneuver through these areas safely.
Know The River
It’s also important to be aware of the river’s flow rate. If the water is too high, it might not be safe to go rafting. Knowing the river conditions, such as the water level, flow rate, and weather conditions, can help you make informed decisions about whether or not it is safe to go out on the water. Speak to your guide about this for more information so that you book your trip for the best possible time.
Know What To Do In An Emergency
Finally, it is essential to have a plan in case of an emergency. Your guide will have a plan in place and will carry the necessary safety equipment, such as a first aid kit and a rescue rope. It’s important to be familiar with the emergency procedures and know what to do in case of an accident.
At Kaituna Cascades, we will ensure that you have a great time safely traversing the Kaituna river – even the thrilling Tutea waterfall – in Rotorua. Contact us today to book your spot!