California Whitewater Rafting — AMERICAN RIVER RAFTING TRIPS — Before you set out on any rafting excursion, it’s important to be as prepared as possible. First off, you need to choose a whitewater rafting trip that suits your capabilities. Most Class IV and V rapids require at least some experience on difficult rivers, and demand strong physical performances from everyone involved for the safety of the group. Make sure you’re in the physical condition necessary for the trip you want to undertake; if you’re not sure, err on the side of safety and try a lower rated river for your first outing.
Secondly, you need to make sure you’ve got all the necessary supplies. We provide many essentials for sale and rent, but some basic necessities include water-ready clothing, tennis shoes or river sandals, waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses with a strap, and dry clothes for wearing around camp. The time of year, elevation, and intensity of the river may make wetsuits, gloves, and wool insulated sleeping clothes a necessity.