What are the classes of whitewater rafting?

What is Class 3 whitewater 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.

What is a Class III 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.

What are Level 1 rapids?

Class 1 Rapid

Gentle, moving water. Very small waves requiring little or no maneuvering.

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