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Rafting in the Yoshinogawa River, Oboke and Koboke, Japan

Whitewater sports are the art of bobbing about in a boat, large or small, in moving water. While whitewater kayaking or whitewater canoeing is a solo or duo sport, their close cousin whitewater rafting uses rafts that seat more people. Rafting is more accessible for the casual traveler, as navigation is handled by a professional and even beginners can come along for a white-knuckled ride.

Rapids are graded by class to indicate their rough difficulty level. The practical scale ranges from class I (no skill needed) to class V (experts only), with class VI rapids considered hazardous even to pros. Don't place too much faith on the letter though: difficulty can vary considerably based on the season and the water level, and rivers of one grade may have harder individual rapids that need to be portaged (boat carried) past.

Adventure Travel and Rafting Vacations[edit]

Rafting trips and whitewater rafting vacations have been popular for over 30 years. Some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the world can be seen during one of these adventures. There is something for everyone too. Rafting trips are not all fast, big water adventures (although some are) but some are float trips meant for wildlife viewing and nature. There are culinary rafting trips and even spiritual and yoga rafting retreats. The rafting travel industry has branched out to all demographics and travel desires.


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Africa[edit]

South Africa[edit]

The African Paddling Association is a voluntary group that focuses on developing paddling sports of all kinds in South Africa.

Many operators offer training courses, guided expeditions and short outings. Clubs will also be able to guide you to the best water around.


Asia[edit]

Japan[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Australia and Oceania[edit]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

Colorado[edit]

  • Lost Paddle Rafting Colorado Whitewater Rafting-Rafting Royal Gorge Raft Colorado! Offering awesome whitewater rafting trips in Canon City Colorado on the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge. Only 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, and 1 hour from Denver. BOOK ONLINE at www.lostpaddlerafting.com 866-766-7238 1420 Royal Gorge Blvd. Canon City, Colorado 81212


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South America[edit]

Central America and Caribbean[edit]

Europe[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Sport agencies[edit]

  • Slovenia

SocaRider-Bovec [1] E-mail: info@socarider.com Focusing more on small group trips and nice familiar atmosphere. Offers Whitewater kayak courses from beginner to advance level, easy Kayak Trips for beginners, and Family rafting trips for families with small kids from the age of 4

  • Peru

Tierras Vivas [2] E-mail: info@tierrasvivas.com Focusing more on small group trips. Offers Whitewater adventures tour and Family rafting trips for families with small kids from the age of 4

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