The goal is to stay in the boat, but it happens: Rafters go overboard. Sometimes it’s all in fun. Other times, it’s an intentional dip to cool off. Then… comes that unexpected dunk that happens out of the blue. Literally. Water is splashing up everywhere, and suddenly you’re in it. At first it may be a little disorienting, but you’ll know just what to do.
Going into “the drink” is an inherent possibility on any whitewater rafting trip. However, if you use the tips your guide tells you before launching and follow his or her commands when you’re on the river, the wettest you’ll get is from the waves and splashes. If you do, by chance, take an involuntary swim don’t worry: You’ll be well prepared to manage the river and get back in the boat, quickly and easily. As part of our pre-launch instructions, your guide will explain exactly what to do in the event of a quick dip. If it happens, you and your pals in the raft will be well prepared get you back in and settled fast. Given a hot day, there may be some times when you’re not so anxious to get settled back. On those hot afternoon trips, a dip into the river provides just the relief you need. Your guide will let you know when it’s safe to hop out and let your life jacket do the work. The Mellow Mile section of the Snake is a favorite among guides to cool off, so don’t be surprised if you find them floating right next to you.