Georgia Whitewater rafting was recognized by the 1996 Summer
Olympics event along Ocoee River. Whitewater rafting is a
sport that is inherently dangerous. Following a few safety
tips helps your trip be one in you will celebrate memories
and avoid injuries. The
Ocoee River, while offering a great
thrill ride, can potently be dangerous if precautions are
not considered. Whether you are a novice or expert rafter it
is always encouraged to listen carefully to your guide.
What can I do to ensure safe whitewater rafting:
- Select a reputable rafting company. Do your research
to ensure that you and your family are in the hands of
experienced and trained guides.
- While most outfitters offer the safety equipment you
will need, it is not a bad idea to inquire ahead
- Wear a lifejacket that will keep you afloat in the
event you are thrown overboard as you pass rapids. It is
important that your lifejacket fit properly; it should
be snug, but not tight. If you jacket does not fit
properly it might slide up and over your head in water.
- Head protection is not always required, but strongly
encouraged. Helmets sometimes make the difference
between life and death if you are tossed out of the raft
and hit your head on a rock. A helmet fits best when it
is taut on your head, restricting it from sliding
forward and back.
- Foot protection is equally important while on the
river. When you are out of the raft you will have to
walk in water where rocks and other sharp objects may
lie. Shoes are usually required on rafting trips.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Be sure to carry along more
water than you think you’ll need. It is easy to become
dehydrated on the water with the amount of energy you
exert combined with the heat of the sun.
- Be aware of age and weight limits on particular
rivers. Tennessee state law requires all personnel on
the Ocoee River to be at least 12 years of age.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-247-8388