They say that rafting the Rogue River is the most amazing experience you will find anywhere. This is the absolute truth, concerning Rogue River rafting. Especially if it involves whitewater rafting what they would call a swollen river.
Big winters have a very nice runoff. At times like these, whitewater rafters are on the lookout for epically high water. Besides, increased flows would dramatically change the rivers and therefore require a redoubling of one’s ongoing efforts to ensure the trip you engage in is safe.
We can be grateful to experienced Rogue River excursion companies like Orange Torpedo Trips for high water safety tips
Safety Tips on rafting down Rogue River
High-water Rigging and Gear that is good to have onboard with your rafting group. The guide would most probably rig a flip line along the bottom of the rafting boat. Be sure to dress for a long and cold swim.
Make use of brightly colored life jackets that have at least 22 pounds of buoyancy! The High-float type has a much better chance of bringing you to the surface of the aerated, foamy, and turbulent water.
Be sure to re-train during high flows. Even if you seem to think you are already familiar with runs at a lower flow, consider booking yourself for re-training on high flows before tackling a high-water run.
Be prepared for route changes as line and holes that are runnable during moderate flows can become too dangerous, while newer and safer routes, along the sides or middle, would often open up. It is a case of following the guidelines set out by your Excursion River rafting company.
Adhere to the Basics of River rafting by keeping the boat right side up and ensuring everyone stays in the boat. Guides would offer thorough safety talks and in-boat training throughout the Rogue River rafting journey. After all, mishaps and pandemonium can take place at any time, including the moment you leave the put-in eddy. At the put-in stage of the rafting journey, Orange Torpedo guides would take extra time to review with the rest of the crew how to paddle well, stay put in the boat, how to dig through holes, avoid any entanglement, and how to avoid and cope with strainers and holes should there be a need to swim.
How do people stay in the boat? The best way is to be shown how to sit and brace their feet. Practice as well as use the commands “get down, and lean in.” Also, consider rigging top-of-thwart handholds and middle of thwart when you find that someone feels overwhelmed as the raft spins sideways down a vertical waterfall. You may want to yell – Hold on, lean in, get down at this point.
Planning ahead by beginning moves early on. It is advisable to look ahead and start early on to miss obstacles, which will come fast and furious during high water.
Practice downstream safety net. One of the biggest risks of high water is to have swimmers flush away downstream with the possibility of drowning in a succession of violent turbulence and big holes that may extend for miles. To avoid this from happening, maintain a downstream safety net by ensuring that guides with paddle/oar rigs and the strongest crew members are placed in leadership positions.
Toss bags to ensure the safety of multiple swimmers Simultaneous swimmers can present a serious challenge during high water. The introduction of lines carries the risk of entanglement and other issues. Sometimes, especially when multiple swimmers are spread out in all directions, a properly deployed toss bag will save lives. If all swimmers are facing the same direction, the river guides may simply power their way towards them and pick them up one by one without the need for a rope into the melee. If there are people both upstream and downstream from the boat, throwing a toss bag downstream and upstream can keep them all attached to the boat so the upstream people can be picked up first, then the downstream people.
Have spotters in place. Think about asking one or more of the crew to act as spotters so they can keep a continuous eye on the swimmers in one direction
Teach self-rescue. To ensure extra thoroughness, teach the crew what they need to do should they find themselves in the water. They should be taught to keep their feet up and not try to stand up in water that is over knee deep.