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4 Beginner Safety Tips For Rafting in Durango

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Holding your paddle correctly is an important part of remaining safe while rafting in Durango.

Can you believe that winter is almost officially over? In just a few short days on March 20, we happily welcome the First Day of Spring. As the weather warms up and the bright days grow longer, you will have countless opportunities to enjoy life outdoors. Is a rafting trip in Durango, Colorado on your to-do list? You’re in luck! Southwest Raft and Jeep is here with a few tips that will make rafting in Durango a lively and safe adventure, even for beginners.

Choose a Professional Rafting Outfitter in Durango

If you want to go rafting in Durango, the safest way to do so is booking your trip with a licensed and professional rafting outfitter like Southwest Raft and Jeep. Our professional raft guides all graduated from Raft Guide School with Colorado State certifications to guide clients on Class III rivers within Colorado. They have extensive knowledge regarding proper use and care for all river equipment, paddle and oar techniques, river features and hazards, scouting and running rapids, river rescue and emergency procedures, the history of Durango and more. Click here for more information about our rafting trips in Durango.

Always Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

At Southwest Raft and Jeep, we will provide you with a PFD that you must wear throughout your rafting trip. Wearing a lifejacket correctly is an essential part of remaining safe on the water. Your PFD should be fitted snug to your body will all appropriate clips buckled. If you need help fitting your PDF for ultimate safety, your raft guide will assist you.

Choose Proper Outerwear

Dress in something that is going to keep you both comfortable and safe during your rafting trip. The outerwear you choose may vary based on the weather, but more often than not a bathing suit or comfortable shorts will do. During early snow melt off (through June) a wetsuit and booties are highly recommend as water is typically between 45-50 degrees.  As a service to our customers we do have a rental fleet of wetsuits and booties that are cleaned daily.  We suggest people bring the following items on our rafting tips: secure shoes (no flip flops), hat, sunglasses (the cheaper the better), sunscreen, chapstick, and a water bottle. Check out our retail shop.

Hold Your Paddle Correctly

When you are rafting, one hand should be at the base of the paddle on the shaft. Your other hand should always be on the opposite end of the shaft over the T-shaped grip. Holding your paddle correctly will help you control the raft and work with other rafters as a team to navigate the waters.

Looking For an All Day Adventure? Contact Southwest Raft and Jeep Today!

In addition to all of the incredible services we offer, Southwest Raft and Jeep has partnered with other outdoor professionals in order to offer you adventure packages to include a raft trip with either a Zipline tour or Jeep rental. If you have any questions about our adventure packages or any of our exciting outdoor services, please contact us today at 970-259-8313 or swing into our main office located at 305 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite V in the Office Depot Complex.

Please take note of our cancellation and refund policy: All reservations are required to be paid in full at the time of booking. Any reservation cancelled with at least 72 hours notice will receive a 90% refund. Any reservation canceled with less than 72 hours notice will not receive a refund. No calls/no shows will not be issued refunds.

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