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.
FAQ’s About Rafting the Ocoee River
“Is the Ocoee River safe and secure for first-timers?”
The answer to this question is SURE! The great thing about rafting on the Ocoee River is that you do not need experience in order to have a great time. Our rafting guides lead every trip down the river and assist your throughout your entire journey. First timers visit us frequently and thoroughly enjoy themselves.
“I’m a little overweight, can I raft too?”
Our team is skilled in accommodating a variety of people including those who may be overweight. If you are severely overweight and feel that you can not perform a self-rescue swim to shore in the event of an emergency, then you may want to re-evaluate rafting. Also, if you are under the watch of a physician, it may be in your best interest to refrain from rafting until you are cleared to do so.
Please make sure that you disclose any medical conditions or physical disabilities when making reservations to raft on the Ocoee River.
“How big are the rapids?”
The Ocoee is not as large as Zambezi or the Grand Canyon, however, the river can be intimidating for first-time rafters. During your adventure the waves and rapids may appear grand, however they are only 12 feet tall with 20-foot drops. After the first drop, most people loosen up and begin to enjoy the ride.
“Am I going to die?”
No, you are not going to die. Whitewater rafting does have some risks, however, this is why we provide you with a personal guide to escort you down the river. Before the start of your trip, there is a 15-20 minute safety talk to make you aware of the dangers on the river and how to avoid them so that we can ensure a safe and fun experience. Keep in mind that there are very few things that you need to be worried about because that is what you guide is here for!
Each individual will also be issued a life jacket and a helmet, which is approved especially for your rafting experience.
“What if I can’t swim?”
Every customer is required to wear a type V life jacket that will allow you to float in the event you find yourself in the water. Many non-swimmers go rafting on a daily basis and have a great time. Your rafting guide is professionally trained in whitewater rescue and will work collectively with the other riders to make sure that you have a pleasurable experience.
Ocoee River rafting can be an exciting journey. Whether your first time or your ninth, there are always things that concern our rafters. If you have any questions or concerns about the rafting process, feel free to give us a shout. We would love to address any questions or concerns that you may have.