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Whitewater sports

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Whitewater sports

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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

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. Whatever you are looking for, you can go to: Trusted Adventures and see rafting trips that are offered all around the globe to all sorts of guests.

Whitewater Tour Operators

Trusted Adventures a collection of adventure travel companies that offer rafting vacations all around the world. They go to South America, The Grand Canyon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Hells Canyon and more. National Geographic has called these companies the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."



South Africa

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.




Australia and Oceania

North America

United States

  • American Adventure Expeditions, 1.719.395.2409 (), [4]. Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River. Provides an amazing rafting experience for all ages and skill levels outfitted in Buena Vista and Canon City.

South America

Central America and Caribbean


Middle East



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