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Tips for Adventurous Moms: Keeping Kids Safe on Wild Rivers

You're never too young to start whitewater rafting. Bring your kids and we'll help you keep them safe and happy.

You’re never too young to start whitewater rafting. Bring your kids and we’ll help you keep them safe and happy.

 There’s a rapid up ahead, do you know where your kids are? Yes, you do. They’re sitting in the raft next to your screaming their lungs out as the help paddle towards the white water. Think you can’t take your kids white water rafting, think again. Not only do we encourage you to include your kids on your white water rafting expedition, but we’ve also added Kids go FREE dates to our calendar, making it impossible for you to say no.

Tips to white water rafting with kids

Of course, even if the waters are fairly calm when you bring along your children, the worried mind of a parent is hard to overcome. So follow these few easy steps to preparing your kid (and yourself) for an unforgettable experience.

  • Ease yours and their worried minds – if your kid is screaming and you’re constantly distracted by your kids’ behavior, no one is going to have a good time. Before you hit the river, talk to your kids about what they can expect. Make sure they have some basic knowledge of what is about to happen. But make it seem fun. It’s like an amusement park ride, and everyone will get wet! It may be a little cold, but you’ll have so much fun you won’t even notice. And mom and dad and professional guides will be right there to keep you safe the whole time.
  • Kids on the riverTeach your kids basic water safety – you don’t have to sound so gloomy when you talk about the dangers that can come with white water rafting, but you also don’t want to whitewash it too much. Kids appreciate you being honest. Make sure they know to stay alert on the river. To always look ahead for upcoming rapids and to listen to the guide. You will also have to be honest about what to do if they fall out of the boat. This is possibly the scariest part, but heading to the local pool and practicing floating and holding your breath under water can help your child when you finally reach the river.
  • One adult per child – you don’t want to be outnumbered by kids on the raft. It won’t be fun for you, and your stress level will also rub off on the kids.
  • Plan ahead – on white water rafting trips with kids there will be long stretches in the river where you can just float and relax. The adults may appreciate the breathtaking views of landscapes, mountains, canyon walls and surrounding wildlife, but kids will get bored. Make sure you pack a few distractions so that you can have a little time just to enjoy the ride.

You’re never too young – or too old – to go whitewater rafting. See you on the river!