Colorado Rafting Trips Companies Options
First things first! Let’s get this one thing very clear because this is often one of those things first time whitewater rafters do not really prepare for: you need a guide when you go on a whitewater rafting trip anywhere in the world.
It doesn’t matter if you believe that your skill level is already high that you can go for that ride on your own. You still need that guide. And they are pretty strict about this rule in Colorado where millions of people flock to for this high-octane sport.
Now that we have established that this is a need, it is very important to find a guide who can really be of help to you – especially if you have not done this before. If not having a guide is dangerous, having a bad guide could make the whole experience something that is best forgotten.
So here are a few factors which you should consider when you are choosing your Colorado Rafting trips company and guide.
The Length of Time in the Field
There are some people who have been rafting for years and considered to be amazing at what they do. But that does not mean that they could guide people on the waters. Experience is a must-have so it is best that you go for someone who’s been doing this for a really long time.
In relation to that, it’s also better if you go for the one who is very familiar with the Colorado rapids. There are some guides who have done whitewater rafting guiding in other places, for example. But if you’re doing this in Colorado, it’s best that you choose someone who has guiding experience in Colorado.
The Length of Time in their Company
This does not just say a lot about their loyalty and the way they work, it also means that they are very familiar with the boats and equipment used for the trip.
Certification(s) to Work in the Field
There are some places wherein whitewater rafting guides are not required to carry licenses to operate. But this is a must-have in Colorado. While you need not ask the guide if he or she is certified to work in this field, especially if they work for a company offering rafting trips (they probably are), it’s still best to just see it. Remember, it’s your safety that’s on the line here.
Other Certifications for Safety
Aside from helping you with the right way to use the oar and reminding you that life vests and head gears are important, whitewater rafting guides should also have special training in wilderness first aid and CPR, among so many others. It would also be great if they knew how to deal with children since a lot of families do bring their kids with them on rafting trips.
What’s Included in the Guide Fee
Some guides are quite helpful in terms of carrying some luggage, building camping tents, and even cooking food (especially during a whole-week trip). But it’s best that you ask your guide what these really are so that you know.