Tackling your first whitewater adventure? Whether you’re taking on the Class V rapids of the Upper Gauley River or a more leisurely trip down the Upper New River, these insider tips will help you learn the lingo and get answers to commonly asked rafting questions.
- Let your raft guide know if it’s your first trip. They’ll provide all the gear and training you need to stay safe while on the river.
- Wear something lightweight that will be comfortable under your personal floatation device, like a one-piece bathing suit or a water-wicking shirt. You’ll need secure shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
- Sunscreen, a hat, and/or inexpensive, polarized sunglasses aren’t a bad idea — they’ll help to protect you from the West Virginia sun reflecting off the water.
- Anything else you want to bring? Ask yourself: Would I be sad if I lost this in the rushing rapids? If yes, it may be better to leave it behind.
Common rafting questions, answered
Going on an outdoor adventure can cause some anxiousness. That’s especially the case if you’re trying something new or are elected to be the one in charge of planning. For many of us whitewater rafting is old-hand, but if you’re new to the sport, you probably have questions...