Friday, March 22, 2013

Classes of White Water Rafting

Rafting or white water rafting is the exciting and challenging recreational outdoor activity in which you use an inflatable raft to navigate a river.  Rafting is done on white water, which offers different degrees and classes of water from mild to wild to thrill and excite our guests.  Rafting began in the mid-1970's. Whitewater Rafting in Maine is an adventurous activity for all to enjoy.  Whether it is your first time experiencing a white water rafting trip in Maine or you are looking for a true white water adrenaline ride, Maine rivers are set up perfectly for all abilities to experience a great time. 

We have broken down the white water river classifications for you to better understand what class 1 to class 6 white water means, when you book your next whitewater rafting Maine vacation.

Below are the six classes of difficulty in white water rafting. They range from simple to very challenging.

Class 1: Very small waves, slight maneuvering. (Skill level: very basic)
Class 2: Some bigger waves and water, with possible exposed rocks and some maneuvering. (Skill level: basic paddling skill)
Class 3: Whitewater waves, with some small drops, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill level: basic to experienced paddling skills)
Class 4: Whitewater, big waves, with possible exposed rocks, more technical drops, more calculated maneuvers may be needed. (Skill level: experience paddling skills)
Class 5: Whitewater, huge waves, big volume whitewater, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drops, requires technical skills for maneuvering. (Skill level: whitewater experience required)
Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous that they are not navigable.  Do not attempt.

Northeast Whitewater Rafts Maine rivers from class 1 - class 5 white water with our guests.  You can enjoy a roller coaster ride of whitewater rafting on the Kennebec river with tall standing waves and a big splash or step it up and raft the Penobscot river for class 3 - 5 white water rapids.  You are sure to be thrilled!

Now that you have a better understanding of classifications of rivers and rapids, what are you waiting for, let us take you out to experience Maine whitewater rafting with us!
Cribworks Rapid Penobscot River Maine Rafting Trip

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