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Some things you should know about rafting

The difference between the white water rafting and canoeing

Rafting: The word is usually a collective name of the different types of boats, we use on the whitewater rivers, although it is actually an individual whitewater sports. The name of the boat was given originally for U.S. military boat. We call raft or white water raft boats that are made of rubber and 4-10 people can paddle together at the same time. The speed of the ship depends on the how many people are in the boat and how they can paddle together with the guide. So it is great sport for team building or team cohesion related programs. The qualified guide sits on the back, the paddlers sit on the both sides of the boat, and sometimes they have to help to controlling the boat. Rafting is one of the most common and most popular whitewater sports, because it is safe, and up to 10 years of age almost anyone can try and enjoy this. It is a suitable for family activities and for those who aren’t experienced and it is their first time to trying this type of water sport. 

Whitewater Canoeing: The whitewater canoes, as well as their larger relatives, the 4-10 person rafts boats, specially developed and made by heavy-duty rubber. In these boats 2-3 people are able to paddle at the same time. The golden rule is that the canoes have to be always faster than the current of the river. The person who sits back is the cox, and the others give the speed to the boat. The canoe trip is divided into two days, and 3-4 tour guides lead about 20-25 people on the river. Everyone is able to learn how to control the boat during the first and easier day, so the next day they can easily take the more difficult rapids.

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The most widely used grading system is the International Scale of River Difficulty, where whitewater (either an individual rapid, or the entire river) is classed in six categories from class I (the easiest and safest) to class VI (the most difficult and most dangerous). The grade reflects both the technical difficulty and the danger associated with a rapid, with grade I referring to flat or slow moving water with few hazards, and grade VI referring to the hardest rapids which are very dangerous even for expert paddlers, and are rarely run. Grade-VI rapids are sometimes downgraded to grade-V or V+ if they have been run successfully. Harder rapids (for example a grade-V rapid on a mainly grade-III river) are often portaged, a French term for carrying. A portaged rapid is where the boater lands and carries the boat around the hazard.

A rapid's grade is not fixed, since it may vary greatly depending on the water depth and speed of flow. Although some rapids may be easier at high flows because features are covered or "washed-out," high water usually makes rapids more difficult and dangerous. At flood stage, even rapids which are usually easy can contain lethal and unpredictable hazards (briefly adapted from the American version[5] of the International Scale of River Difficulty).

WW = White Water
WW I: Easy
Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

WW II:  Pre-intermediate
Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured but group assistance is helpful.

Class III: Intermediate
Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance is required to avoid long swims.

Class IV: Advanced
Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting may be necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

WW V: Expert
Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. Scouting is recommended but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.

WW VI: Extreme and Exploratory Rapids
These runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The conse quences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions.

Our first day trip takes place on the middle section of the Soca river with a difficulty level WW I-II to make sure our guests learn and practice the techniques they are taught at our short training before the first paddling and to prepare them for the more exciting part that follows on the second day with a difficulty level of WW II-IV. 

On the water:

Observe your tour guides' requests!
Select sports based on your abilities and experience.
If your disease is affecting the tour, share it in confidence with your the tour guides!
During the tour never buckle up your helmet and vest!
Do not litter!
If you fall into the water it is forbidden to stand in the river!
Do not let go your paddle!
Avoid the tree branches hanging from or above the water!
If you bump into the rock always hold on to it!
If you want to change your place, you have to paddle.
Rent a helmet camera and capture the tour!
If you have any questions feel free to put it up!
Do not wear cotton clothing under the neoprene dress!
If you have glasses wear headband. If you don’t have it , ask one from the guide!

Good advices:
Official currency is the Euro. You can pay by credit card, but it is good to have some cash with you.
Slovenia has no border, so you can travel with any travel document.
In the mountains the weather is very diverse so always bring closed toed shoes, warm clothing, rain jacket.
If you can, spend an extra day outside of our trips, in this area are many of the top attractions.
Slovenia has same traffic rules as in EU It is very important that always use lights and seat belts. If you do, you won’t have any problem with local police.
As a precaution, make insurance! Murphy's Law: If you have insurance you will be okay.

Accommodation:
Camps: You do not have to pay for car and tent spaces.
Apartmans: Completely prepared (bed sheets, fridge, cooking appliances)
Hotels: 24-hour reception, sauna, pool, etc.

Restaurants:
Letni Vrt
Stari Kovac
Vancar

The restaurants are excellent in both Bovec and Cezsoca.
It is also recommended that you search for nearby hotels for daily meals.
You can also enjoy breakfast at the hotel, with the cost of 8 Euros.

If you have any questions please contact us!