Tubing and Rafting

Whether it's tubing lazily down a winding river, or maneuvering through small rapids in an exciting rafting trip, there are tips you should follow to protect yourself.

  • Use only a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and wear it at all times when you are on the river. 
  • Don't overload the raft or tube. 
  • Watch the weather. If there are signs of an approaching storm, get out of the water immediately. Don't plan a tubing or rafting trip after a heavy rain. The water could be moving very rapidly and be deeper than usual. 
  • Make sure guides are experienced and qualified.

Of course, the most important thing you can do to stay safe when you are tubing and rafting is learn to swim. If you would like to find out more about learning to swim, contact your local Red Cross.

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