White water rafting in Rishikesh

We asked adventure expert Siddhant Dhingra from Great Wide Open and here’s the answer.

  • Always choose a reputed rafting camp/operator. It is essential to have at least two guides on your raft. In dangerous rapids, a guide on a kayak should check for safety before the raft is allowed to pass.
  • The Life-jacket, helmet and paddle are equally important on a rafting trip. The paddle not only acts as a floatation device, but can also be used to steer clear of rocks if you go of-board.
  • Balance is maintained on the raft with the help of your legs. Balance and not paddling, is the most important part of rafting.
  • Non-swimmers can do rafting.
  • There is no age limit, but you should be a minimum of 4.5 feet tall and should weigh at least 45 kgs.
  • Make sure that your raft is not too light or heavy. The right number of people helps to balance the raft.
  • Prior experience in rafting is required for rapid grade 3 and upwards.
  • Floaters/strap-on-sandals are ideal for rafting. You can go barefoot too.
  • Do not attempt Body-surfing in the absence of certified guides.
  • Cliff-jumping is allowed in calmer waters.
  • Most importantly, do not panic!

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