I was watching some rafters when i went camping last summer and it was beyond me

Canada
January 3, 2007 5:41am CST
I couldn't believe the way they seemed not to care what they were doing... they had arms raised, equipment on wrong and everything.... Nothing like they should be... A day later i saw another bunch, brought by a school, they were great, there was a lecture first, the instructors checked them after they dressed and made proper changes and everything, but on the water they were kind of insane too... Looked pretty fun but i'm wondering, why do they get so wild on the water? And when you get into the wild water what's the risk of death and what not? Is it really safe with all that gear or is it still a good chance that you can end up in hospital or worse? Any stories, go for it, I'm up to read all. Thanx.
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@plantit1 (298)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I've never done it but when I was in Tennessee last month I watched some and thought it was awesome. I would like to try it myself. It did look somewhat dangerous but they had helmets on and lifejackets. Looked like a rush to me!!!!!
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
4 Jan 07
I think as you! I never made something thus but he would like to make. I think that it is a little dangerous, but still thus danger taste and I think that livens up our life. I love strong emotions.
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@patootie (3593)
3 Jan 07
Being terrified of water I am unlikely to ever go white water rafting .. but .. if I were ever to try something like this I would want to be properly coached in the safety risks and how to behave correctly .. and I'd want every piece of safety equipment known to man ... Extreme sports can be fun .. but they are 'extreme' so it's obvious the risks are high ... to participate in them you need to take reasonable precautions .. not just for yourself but to save rescuers the job of having to get you out of difficulties that wouldn't have happened had you prepared correctly first ...
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@katprice (807)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I have been rafting in Richmond, VA - the only city with Class 5 rapids in the downtown area - and it was fun but really scary. I fell out once and someone yelled, "Look out for that rock!" and luckily the current carried me around it. I had to remember also to keep my feet elevated in the water, because if you put them down, chances are they will get wedged between the rocks and you'll be dragged under and drown. I have also heard of rafters who get the straps on their life vests caught up on logs and trees in the water, and they can't break free. For me, I think the risks far outweigh the benefits. It was fun going rafting but I probably won't ever do it again.
@telulas (459)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 07
ohh.. its very nice... and rafter its best activity with camp
@cupidboy (140)
• India
4 Jan 07
i never did water rafting but i would love to do it.
@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
4 Jan 07
It can be a dangerous sport, as with many things that we do everyday. I think you stand a better chance if you are in a 'class' so to speak with an instructor and the proper equipment.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
4 Jan 07
I never made something thus but he would like to make. I think that it is a little dangerous, but still thus danger taste and I think that livens up our life.
@royrules1 (180)
• India
3 Jan 07
I HAVE NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO DO THAT I WISH I COULD GET A CHANCE IN FUTURE !