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3 Safety Tips for White Water Rafting in Gatlinburg

November 15, 2013 March 15th, 2020
A rafting guide faces his passengers in his raft.

White water rafting in Gatlinburg can be a fun and exciting adventure for the entire family. This extreme sport is one of the most popular family vacation activities in the Smoky Mountains. Whether a seasoned white water rafter or totally new to the experience, you should always follow these basic tips for a safe and fun trip down the river.

1. Know Your Limitations

Rivers have six classifications. First time and young rafters are recommended to start at lower classes. Classes II or III are a safe place to start for a thrilling and successful first experience at white water rafting in Gatlinburg. Weaker swimmers should begin at lower levels for a safer trip as well. Long trips require more upper body strength, so it is important to know what your body is capable of.

2. Never Go Alone

Use the buddy system. Regardless of how tame the river seems, always go with a group or buddy. If something happens to the raft or someone on board, having someone else there will be a great help. At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we provide trained guides for every trip down the river. Having received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013, we guarantee a safe and worry free trip.

3. Wear Your Safety Equipment

Although white water rafters plan to stay in the boat the entire trip, sometimes that doesn’t happen. A life jacket and helmet are important to your safety and wellbeing. The helmet should fit securely and not shift around. The life jacket should feel comfortable and snug, but it should not restrict your movements. Shoes with thick tread are also a good way to prevent you from sliding on slippery spots. It may seem like a lot to wear to raft down the river, but this safety equipment is important and should stay on the entire trip.

Now that you have safety tips for white water rafting in Gatlinburg, why don’t you start planning a trip? White Water Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors begins again March 1, 2014, and if you book now and pay in full before March 1, you can save 40% for a memorable, action packed activity for the entire family.