Often when sitting in the back of a raft I am asked, “What does it take to become an Ocoee River raft guide?” I usually retort, “Astonishing good looks and humility.” Seriously, I just happen to be finishing up training for this season and thought I’d write up a little summary of what we did this year.
When fielding reservations for Ocoee River rafting, we often hear a variety of questions concerning safety and general rafting procedures. Our rafters are our top priority and we wanted to address our most commonly asked questions for people who may be considering rafting but have not felt confident enough to go through with a reservation.
Going Ocoee whitewater rafting without a fresh supply of drinking water will cause serious problems. Hundreds of people suffer annually from minor to severe bouts of dehydrating during these trips. Although this might seem ironic, the fact of the matter is, you simply shouldn’t drink river water. Unless an emergency situation arises where this is the only option, doing so can lead to many health problems. River water is contaminated with all kinds of nasty bacteria and harmful pathogens, so do yourself a favor […]
If you are a newbie to the whitewater rafting scene, listen up! There is a lot of fun to be had on the water, but knowing what to expect before you depart will make the experience all the more enjoyable. Although you will have a veteran tour guide to show you the ropes and be there every step of the way, every passenger is responsible for his or her own actions and that of the group as a whole. Adherence […]
As exciting as guided rafting trips are, especially if you are planning one in the coming days or weeks, there are a few preparatory items to address. By far, the most important thing you can do at this point is find a reputable rafting company in the area. Although exhilarating, the dangers of whitewater rafting are worth noting, and these risks are only compounded when working under the guidance of inexperienced and untrained tour guides.
At Raft One, we often get asked if the sun has to be shining for a fun trip down the Ocoee River. Mother Nature definitely has her ways of putting a damper on outdoor activities, but the great news is that rafting in rainy weather can be a memorable, worthwhile experience. You are going to get soaked no matter what, so it is not like a little rainstorm is going to ruin the day! As long as lightning strikes are kept […]
Stress is more than just a buzz kill. It affects our physical, mental and emotional health in untold ways and is a contributing factor to a poorer quality of life in general. We all experience tension from our work and family responsibilities, and many of us tend to carry the burdens of the daily grind. It’s important to find an outlet that helps us release these anxieties.
Rafting or kayaking on whitewater rapids is exhilarating. For those who are new to the thrill and even for those who are diehard enthusiasts, knowing what to expect from the river goes a long way in enjoying the ride. This is why rapids are classified according to the degree of difficulty and level of danger they represent for the average rafter. Though not an exact science, internationally accepted standards rate rapids on a scale of one to six.
Thinking of making whitewater rafting part of your next vacation? Knowing what to expect will significantly increase the fun factor of this already exciting adventure. Read on to see what you need to know and do to get the most of this exhilarating sport.