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Equipment

Helmet Lifejacket Paddle Raft

Rules

Rules for whitewater rafting are most often legislated by local and state governments, and they include strict safety rules meant to decrease the chances of an accident.

Description

Whitewater Rafting is a group sport where participants navigate rafts over rough, fast-moving water. A rubber raft, usually holding between 4 and 12 people, is used to navigate down a river with a high current. Passengers paddle through the whitewater in order to get through the river. River intensity is determined by a class system; there are six classes of rapids ranging from mild (1) to dangerous (6).

History

Rafting is one of the earliest forms of modern transportation. Modern rafting can be dated back to 1842 with Lt. John Fremont's expedition on the Platte River. However, it was not until the 1960s that whitewater rafting took off in popularity; at this point, river routes began to be navigated and private companies were being established to run rafting trips. It continued to gain in popularity. More rivers were opened up to rafting and it was included in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Whitewater rafting continues to gain popularity among extreme sports enthusiasts and recreational riders.