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Can I still go white water rafting if I can’t swim?

It is possible to go on some of Raftabout’s white water rafting trips even if you can’t swim, but it is important that you let us know at the time of booking and advise your guide before you commence your rafting experience.

What is the minimum age for white water rafting and sledging?

A minimum physical size is required for rafting and sledging. The minimum age for rafting is 13 years (with some exceptions) and for sledging is 15 years, however we reserve the right to refuse to raft older children should we consider their build to be too slight.

What should I wear?

We provide all the gear: wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, buoyancy aid, wetsuit booties and helmet. You need to bring your swimsuit to wear under the wetsuit and a towel for afterwards.

Can I take a Go Pro or Camera

Go Pro’s can only be used with a chest mount and it is at your own risk. We would recommend backing up any files you have just in case.

Small waterproof cameras may be able to be used if they can be safely clipped to your life jacket so they will not hurt you or anyone else.
Please check with your guide before the trip.

Are the activities safe?

White Water Rafting, White Water Sledging and Kayaking all carry some degree of risk, increasing with the grade of rapids to both the person and property. Occasionally rafts or kayaks do turnover and people occasionally swim. At any time prior to commencing the rafting, sledging or kayaking trip on the water you may elect not to undertake the activity, however, in some situations once the raft, sledge or kayak trip has begun, you may be committed to remain with it until completion. Because of these factors, Rotorua Adventures cannot guarantee your safety and you must expressly agree to assume the risk of injury or damage while participating in the activity.

  • You must be the appropriate age for the river / lake being Rafted, Sledged or Kayaked (if unsure please ask staff).
  • You must be physically fit and have no condition or injury that could be affected by the activity or preclude you from undertaking in the activity safely.
  • You must not have any physical or mental impediment that would or could impose an unnecessary risk in the event of an emergency.

If you are unsure with regards to any of the above points, please contact us to discuss the matters further.


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