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Some Safety Tips for River Boating

Along with a fishing trip in Alaska, a river boating adventure is one of the must-do activities for anyone visiting our great state! However, it must be noted that rafting or floating down a river isn’t automatically a safe activity—especially if you’re unfamiliar with the waters or are an inexperienced rafter.

Because we want everyone visiting Alaska to have a fun and safe time on the river, we’ve put together this handy guide. Continue reading to learn a few of the most important safety tips to employ while on the water:

  • Inform your friends: The first rule is to let at least one person know that you’re going river rafting. Additionally, make sure to tell them exactly where you plan on going and at what time you expect to be back.
  • Don’t go alone: There’s really no reason why you should go river rafting by yourself. Going alone is much more difficult, and it’s less fun if you don’t have anyone to share those memories with!
  • Wear a life vest: You might be a great swimmer, but even Michael Phelps should wear a life vest while river rafting. Swift currents can drag you underneath the water quickly, which makes the possibility of drowning much higher.
  • Dress appropriately: A life vest isn’t the only protective clothing item you need. Wear close-toed shoes (it helps if they’re waterproof) as well as a proper helmet. Also, dress warm, since that water is pretty chilly! A waterproof jacket, shirt and pants will help keep you dry and comfortable throughout the day.
  • Pack a first aid kit: Nobody expects to hurt themselves while river rafting. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, though! Prepare for the worst by packing a first aid kit that includes things like bandages, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment and alcohol wipes. Keeping this kit on you (and knowing how to use all of the items in it) can literally be a lifesaver.
  • Know your limits: Nobody knows what you’re capable of better than you. If the water is getting too fast and you feel uncomfortable, you’re better off stopping as opposed to continuing on through scary waters.
  • Stop and portage when in doubt: Dangerous rapids can come up quickly. When that’s the case and you don’t think you can take it, just pull off to the river bank and carry your vessel. There’s no reason to risk your life when you could portage around the rapids.
  • Go with a pro: The points above will all help you stay safe while you’re on the river, but to truly ensure that you’re out of harm’s way, simply hire a river rafting guide. A professional guide will help you safely navigate down the river while still ensuring that you have a good time.

Whether you’re looking to book a fishing trip in Alaska or a river rafting adventure, choose Phantom Tri-River Charters! Our professionals ensure a fun and (even more importantly) safe day out on the river. Give us a call today to get started planning your Alaskan itinerary!