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Rafting instruction articles by Aaron Cavagnolo a rafting instructor for over 20 years. Topics include how to raft, gear and how to select raft training.

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Wrapped Rafts

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

When I started guiding in the early 1990's we were still using bucket boats. Once those rafts wrapped (and they did so much more often than self-bailers), they were extremely challenging to remove from a rock. Luckily the stiffer hypalon and polyurethane self-bailing rafts don't wrap nearly as often (they flip more!) as the old hypalon bucket rafts. However many people still treat wraps like their rafts are bucket boats. In this article we will review some basics about preventing wraps and simple ways of getting your self-bailing raft off a rock. How to Prevent a Wrap The best way to unwrap a raft is to not…

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Types of Whitewater Rafts

  • Post last modified:January 19, 2021

Understand the three main different types of rafts that are used to run whitewater rafting trips: oar boats, paddle boats, and gear boats.

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Selecting a Rafting Guide School

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

How to select a whitewater rafting guide school or rowing clinic. Learn about how courses vary and what questions to ask before selecting a course.

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