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Frequently asked questions

  1. Q

    What gear do you provide, and what should I bring?

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    With each river adventure, we provide a wetsuit, booties, a PFD (life vest) a nylon splash top and a helmet on some rivers. We ask that everyone bring a swimsuit, a bottle of water to take on the boat, sunscreen, some cash for last-minute needs and a fleece top (if it is a cooler day, or if you get cold easily) Also, please bring a towel to leave in your car for after the trip. If you have your own river gear or wet shoes, feel free to bring them, we just will want to take a look at your stuff to make sure it is suitable for the river.
  2. Q

    What can I expect?

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    Fun! Adventure, excitement and a safe trip for all. Our guides are entertaining and informative, and 100% focused on your safety. Whitewater rafting is easy. You’ll have a blast and when it’s over you’ll say, “I can’t wait to do it again!”
  3. Q

    What makes River Recreation river rafting different?

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    Safety: For 35 years, our focus on safety has been second to none. Our professional guides are the best because we require twice as much training as the state of Washington requires for whitewater rafting guides. In addition, we have in-house Rescue instructors that other rafting companies can only dream of having on their staff. In addition, our office staff is directly connected to our on-river team. This means the details will not be lost in between the office and our guides - we make sure everything goes off flawlessly. We also ensure we have state-of-the-art boats, river gear, and safety equipment- would you expect anything less from a quality professional?
  4. Q

    What if someone in our party can’t swim?

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    With the exception of the Skykomish River Rafting trip, knowing how to swim is not required. Everyone wears a Coast Guard approved type V personal floatation device (PFD), so in the unlikely event someone takes an unexpected dip, they will float for a few seconds before they are helped back onto the raft.
  5. Q

    Is river rafting dangerous?

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    Washington State whitewater river rafting is exciting, invigorating, blood-pumping fun—that’s why we love it like we do—and you will too. As in any outdoor adventure activity, there is an element of risk, which we keep to an absolute minimum by using only high quality commercial equipment, upholding the very highest standards of safety, and employing highly trained, capable and professional guides.
  6. Q

    What if there is an emergency?

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    Your guide can handle it. All River Recreation river rafting guides are certified for Class IV and Class V rivers. We work as a team to train and prepare for emergencies. We carry extra gear and are prepared to evacuate sick or injured persons at their own expense. In addition, many staff members are EMT’s, paramedics, Wilderness 1st responders, and we even have an ER technician on our staff.
  7. Q

    Is whitewater rafting safe for kids?

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    We offer several trips that are kid-friendly, such as our family friendly Lower Wenatchee River Float trip. We have a minimum age of five for our kid-appropriate trips, while more challenging runs have a minimum age of 12 or 16.
  8. Q

    What about teens?

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    Teens between 16 and 18 may participate in a trip alone, provided a parent or guardian signs off all waivers and permissions.
  9. Q

    Are there food options for special diets?

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    Our menu is designed to accommodate special diets. We have created a lunch spread that will accommodate any and all dietary restrictions.
  10. Q

    How far in advance should I make a reservation?

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    Today! Tomorrow! Soon! Trips fill up quickly. To insure you get the trip and date you would like, we suggest making a reservation today! Click the Book now button to get started! We specialize in accommodating last-minute reservations. Often, we can fit you into a trip the next day. Just call our river rafting hotline at 800-464-5899 or locally at 206.276.8774. But why wait? To ensure your spot on the trip of your choice, go ahead and reserve now.
  11. Q

    What if I need to cancel?

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    •Cancel 14 days prior to the trip date: Full refund. • Cancel 7 to 13 days prior to the trip date: $25.00 per person cancellation fee. • Cancel less than 7 days prior to the trip date: No refund.
  12. Q

    Is tipping our guide appropriate?

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    If you enjoy your ride, tip your guide. Gratuities are not an obligation, but are appreciated for exceptional guiding. Our guides have received tips in the form of beer, pie and cash between 10 and 20 percent.
RIVER CLASSIFICATIONS
According to the International Scale of River Difficulty:
Class II – Novice: Easy Whitewater
Medium-sized waves, wide and clear passages, occasional maneuvering required.
Class III – Intermediate: Big Wave Action Moderate rapids and irregular waves. Longer, rougher rapids than Class II. Strong eddies and powerful currents. Numerous, high and irregular waves with rocks. Clear but narrow passages. Requires a good operator and boating equipment.
Class IV – Advanced: a Technical Challenge. Waves are intense and powerful, but predictable. Rapids are generally longer, steeper and more obstructed. Unavoidable waves, constricted passages, dangerous rock and boiling eddies. Scouting essential first time. Demands expert operator and equipment.
Class V – Expert:   Serious Whitewater
Exceedingly difficult, long, obstructed or violent rapids with little interruption. Big drops, steep grade, congested chutes. Demanding routes requiring extensive experience and proper equipment. Rescue skills essential.
 
Class I – Easy Flatwater
Fast moving water with small waves. Few obstructions, clear passages.
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