A group goes down a series of whitewater rapids on the Snake River in Jackson Hole

There are many whitewater rafting myths out there that can easily be debunked. This is because not many people have prior experience before signing up for a whitewater rafting trip and they assume things will be like they are in the movies.

First time rafters are always encouraged on rafting trips because it’s such an exhilarating and memorable experience. However, it’s common for newcomers to come with questions about what they should pack, what they should wear, and most importantly, something regarding the myths they’ve heard.

Some myths may even be enough to talk yourself out of a rafting trip. That’s why we’re here to tell you that most negative perceptions of rafting are most likely a myth. Below are the top five misconceptions of whitewater rafting.

Top Whitewater Rafting Myths

Myth #1: I have to be in great shape

Many people think that in order to participate in a whitewater rafting trip, you have to be in excellent physical condition. However, that’s not true at all. Just about anyone could be a part of a rafting trip. This includes kids and adults of any shape and size. As long as you can get on and off the raft, you should be good to go.

Myth #2: I have to be an adrenaline junky

Rafting is definitely exhilarating to say the least. However, there are different trips, levels of intensity, and challenges to each trip. You don’t have to go hurling down the river at full force. You could take a scenic float tour, or a more laid back run. Yes, you may get some thrill out of whitewater rafting, but it’s not a necessity.

Myth #3: Whitewater rafting is unsafe

A lot of people think that whitewater rafting is a dangerous sport. As with any given activity, there are always going to risks. However, our team is experienced and knows how to react in an emergency situation. The fact that you will be with a trained guide at all times will lower the risk of any potential hazards.

Myth #4: I have to be a good swimmer

Because you’ll be wearing your tightly secured life jacket at all times, swimming won’t be much of an issue. If you do fall into the river, you can float and slowly make your way back to the raft or to shore. If you’re really worried about falling in the water though, just make sure you’re being safe and aware of your surroundings to avoid any issues.

Myth #5: All raft trips are the same

Some people believe if you’ve done it once, you’ve done it all. However, that’s not true at all. Not all rafting trips are the same. All rafting guides are different and have their own way of doing things.

Even if you go on the exact same trip with the exact same tour guide, things will still be different. There will be new wildlife to observe, the rapids may be a little faster or slower than the time before, and your fellow rafters could be a totally new crowd of people.

Plan Your Trip

Now that you know the top five whitewater rafting myths, it’s time to plan your trip.

Teton Whitewater is a whitewater rafting company located in Cache Jackson, Wyoming. We have many Snake River rafting trips to choose from including scenic float trips and whitewater rafting. Give us a call today if you’re ready to book your next adventure!

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