Quick Answer: What are the different classes of white water rafting?

What is a Class 3 rapid?

Class III Whitewater

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves. 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.

Is Class 4 rafting hard?

Class IV – Very Difficult: Long rapids, waves powerful and irregular; dangerous rocks, boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required.

What is Class 3 rafting?

Class 3: Whitewater, in that the water does appear white due to all the bubbles, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. This class may require significant maneuvering in the raft. Experienced and strong paddling skills are needed at this level.

What makes a class 5 rapid?

Class V: Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes, which should be scouted from shore. Rescue conditions are difficult, and there is a significant hazard to life in the event of a mishap. The upper limit of what is possible in a commercial raft.

Are Class 4 rapids safe?

Class IV: Advanced

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. … 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.

What class rapids is Niagara Falls?

A Class 6 rapids, like Niagara’s, involves “the difficulties of Class 5 carried to the extreme. Nearly impossible and very dangerous.”

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