|Rapids Have Class
Sunburst Adventures invites North Carolina whitewater
rafting enthusiasts to the Ocoee River waters. Rafting is a
great summertime sport for tourists. Rapids vary in
intensity creating different experiences on the water.
According to the International Rating System rapids are
classified in ascending order as follows:
- Class I: Easy and smooth waters with light riffles.
Occasional sand banks and gentile curves are common.
Problems are only likely to arise when it is necessary
to paddle around bridges and other obvious obstructions.
- Class II: Moderate, medium quick waters that offer
rapids with regular waves that require some maneuvering.
Open and clear passages are common between rocks and
ledges. Water is best handled by intermediates and those
who can read water.
- Class III: Moderately difficult water featuring
numerous high and irregular waves. Passages near rocks
and eddies are passable, but require experience. These
rapids are best left to canoeist with expert skills.
- Class IV: Difficult water offering long and powerful
rapids as well as standing waves. Powerful and precise
maneuvering is required. Visual inspections are
- Class V: Extremely difficult waters feature long,
violent rapids that relentless and nearly continuous.
Rivers are full of obstructions, large drops, and
violent currents among extremely steep grades.
- Class VI: Extraordinarily difficult waters that are
often FATAL to paddlers due to the extreme danger.
Waters are only navigable when water levels and
conditions are favorable.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-247-8388