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Whitewater Rafting in Colorado– Five Tips for Fun and Safety

white-water-rafting-coloradoLiving in Colorado offers a lot of awesome opportunities to get outside and be active. A great activity to do as a group is white water rafting, and Share the Peak is a great site to organize your trip! There are plenty of rivers throughout Colorado that offer this experience, with some only 30 minutes away from Denver.

 #1 Wear a life vest

Wearing a life vest may seem silly, but it could make the difference between life and death. If you get thrown overboard by a wave (which isn’t that uncommon), a life vest can help keep you afloat and assist you in swimming to shore.

 #2 Wear a helmet

Although you hopefully won’t ever need it, wearing a helmet, like a life vest, is a “better safe than sorry” move. If you fall off the raft, you risk hitting rocks or trees or other debris. And better it’s your helmet knocking into a rock than your skull.

 #3 Tell someone where and when you’re going

Although this doesn’t apply as much to larger groups of people, it’s still important to let someone who isn’t going on the trip know when and where you’ll be rafting. This is especially important for longer trips through remote areas.

 #4 Check your equipment

Before you go, check your raft, paddles and other equipment you’re taking on the trip. You don’t want to start sinking as soon as you hit the water! If you are using a rafting company, ask the guide to explain to you the protocols they follow for inspecting equipment before a trip.

 #5 Use a reputable rafting company

When choosing a rafting company, check and see if they have a website. Also look for reviews on sites such as Yelp or see if they have a Facebook page and look at the comments. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is in good standing.

Most importantly, when going whitewater rafting, have fun! Get a group of people together that are your same skill level on Share the Peak and plan an adventure!

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