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White water rafting is a sport which can be practiced anywhere in the world, so long as you can find a boat and river. In a boat, single or multi-passenger, a person or persons navigate the rapids of a river.
Rapids occur where the river experiences a drop in elevation and hence and increase in the speed of flow. Rapids are typically shallower than the rest of the river, with rocks and parts of the bed protruding through the surface of the water, creating "white water".
Rivers and rapids are graded by the international scale of river difficulty, ranging from Grade I (easily navigable) to Grade VI (maximum navigational difficulty). Some rapids courses can be completed in a few hours, while others may take several days and require camping stops.
This is an exhilarating and potentially dangerous sport that should not be practiced without a guide or prior knowledge of a given course. Due to the physical dangers it should not be practiced alone.
Hiring a guide can be rather expensive. A good strategy if you wish to raft regularly is to find a local course and participate in a guided tour. Ask your guide lots of questions and become familiar with the course. Once you become familiar with the course it is safe to raft the course on your own, this can take 2 or 3 trips. You can easily procure an acceptable boat at a sporting goods store, along with paddles and life vests. Keep in mind that the water level of the river will dramatically change the nature and intensity of the course, and it is generally safer to raft a river on lower-level days.
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