When is the best time to go white water rafting?
Generally in Bali excellent rafting is available every day. Higher and lower water levels can increase the thrill factor on most rivers, so rainy season are optimum for maximum adventure.
How are rivers classified for difficulty?
The difficulty of a river is classified on a scale of Class I to Class VI with I being very easy and VI unrunnable. Rivers are generally classified based on normal moderate water flows but during times of hightened or lowered water levels, the grade can be increased. Most commercial rafting trips take place on a grade III or IV river.
Class I: Waves small, passages clear; no serious obstacles. (A.k.a. the inner tube float. Barely moving water with hardly any rapids!)
Class II: Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. (Great rafting for families with very small children or for people looking for an introduction to kayaking.)
Class III: Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering. (This is the most popular classification for whitewater, and is the recommended level for beginning rafters)
Class IV: Long rapids; waves powerful, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required. (Rivers such as these should be run by athletic, experienced rafters who are looking for more action.)
Class V: Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent currents; very steep gradient. (Paddlers must have prior Class IV or better whitewater rafting experience. You should also be athletic with the mental attitude for high risk activities…
Class VI: Commercially unrunnable. (A.k.a. the guide’s run! No commercial outfitter will take a commercial client on this type of rapid.)
Who can go white water rafting?
Generally, just about anyone in reasonable health and fitness can go rafting. The minimum age for a child on a Class III & IV river (under normal water flows) is 7 years old . There is no maximum age although anyone over 56 should be in good health and perhaps consult with your physician if you have any concerns. If you are pregnant, extremely overweight, or have back or heart problems, we do not suggest a raft trip. It is also recommended that you
Is it safe?
Rafting is thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and unbelievably fun. However, as in all adventure sports, there is an inherent risk involved. That risk contributes to the excitement, and is one of the reasons people enjoy it so much. Our guides are trained to minimize risks, and, statistically, you’re safer on a raft than in your car. One state government found in an investigation that the injury rate for whitewater rafting is similar to that for bowling! But still, there is a risk, and you must accept that risk when you go on the river. The most common injury is sunburn, and most other injuries occur on land, especially getting into and out of the boats.
What are my chances of falling out, and what do I do if that happens?
Believe it or not, many people love falling out of the boat. It’s exciting. But it can be disorienting and a little overwhelming at first. Many people have taken multiple trips and never fallen in. Some people swim on their first trip. It’s a part of rafting. On rivers where the rapids are far enough apart, some companies suggest a voluntary dunk.
Before you go on any trip, you’ll be given extensive instructions on what to do if you fall in, and how to stay safe. Follow you’re guide’s instructions, and your “swim” could be the most exciting part of your trip!
Keep in mind
Alcohol or drugs before a trip endanger the lives of you and other passengers. Save it for after!