When you think of river rafting, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Adrenaline junkies, drowning, boring guides, or even the fact that every river is the same. These are just some of the “myths” we intend to cover in this article. Because while most people are aware of the myths surrounding river rafting, they somehow miss the truth, which, we all know is super important in order to properly enjoy your new river adventure. So, with that, read on and allow us to bring to light these myths.
Myth 1: It’s only for “Adventurers” or “adrenaline junkies.”
I’m sure you’ve seen those crazy videos, or pictures, of people sliding off waterfalls into the water below, or other crazy stunts. But, here’s the thing; not all river rafters are as crazy as the people in the videos you see. Some rafters like to take things slow and easy. Which is why there are trips like the “Gourmet Wine Pairing” trip, which is slow and steady, like sipping a glass of full-bodied red wine.
Myth 2: You need to be a good swimmer.
Of course, knowing how to swim is a plus when you are going down the rapids of the Rio Grande. However, the truth is, you don’t need to know how to swim as much as you need to know how to listen to your guides. The reason we say this is because, at the beginning of each trip, your guide will give you instructions on what you are to do in the event that you happen to fall out of the raft.
Myth 3: You might drown.
Truth be told, we’ve never had anyone drown on any of our trips, likewise, the cases of people drowning on river rafting adventures are rare. So, there is no need to worry. But, similarly to the previous myth, you will need to listen to your guides instructions, otherwise, there might be a problem. And as long as you don’t mess with your Personal Flotation Device (PFD), or unbuckle it during the trip, you’ll float just fine and be back in the boat in no time.
Myth 4: How much fun you have depends on your guide.
First off, this is not true at all, only if you’re a party pooper. Obviously some guides are more “fun” than others, but, you’re missing the whole point of the trip itself. Don’t focus so much on what your guide does or says to make your experience fun. Focus on the trip itself. Focus on the journey. Before you know it, you’ll be so focused on how much fun you have, you won’t even realize why. So, “get out of your head and into the raft!”
Myth 5: All rivers are the same.
You know the term “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all?” Well, that term doesn’t apply here…at all. Yes, all rivers have many things in common, like water, rocks and fish. But, no two rivers are the same, because every river has different twists, turns, drops and Classes. So, don’t fall prey to a cliche. Get out there and experience it for yourself. You’ll enjoy it more than you thought!