Month: June 2016

  1. Leave the Electronics Behind

The fresh air and excitement of a river adventure will reboot your mind and give you a new lease on life. To take full advantage of that opportunity, you really should unplug yourself from the digital world. At least temporarily. 

The sounds of nature are better than anything you’ve got in your iTunes library anyway.

  1. Pack Wisely

Most people over pack on their first whitewater rafting trip. Even the most seasoned rafters bring more than they really need — unopened sodas, unworn clothes, unused flashlights — but first timers are in a league of their own when it comes to packing.

The average beginner probably only needs about a quarter of what they bring along. Check out some helpful packing tips from Leave the unnecessary stuff at home or in your car.

  1. Stay Casual

Many first-time rafters bring a $100 shirt filled with sweat-repelling technology and a bunch of other features that don’t really mean anything. You know what most guides wear? Thrift store cotton shirts with ratty old collars and long sleeves that are just enough to block the summer sun. You don’t need fancy duds to enjoy a river trip. Stay casual and you’ll save some money and probably end up more comfortable.

  1. One Electronic Exception

This may sound contradictory after suggesting you leave the electronics behind, but you should  use the  camera Watauga Kayak provides.  All the better if your camera is just a camera and not just a feature on your phone. That will limit the potential for distraction.  Take lots of photos, they are FREE

 With incredible images from your trip. There’s so much to see and experience, and we don’t want you to lose those memories to be with you for a lifetime.

  1. Trust Your Guide

Your  Watauga Kayak river rafting guide is going to be giving you great advice throughout the entire trip. Before you even get started, they’ll tell you to wear sunscreen and to plenty of water. Make sure you do both.

On the water, your guide needs your attention and trust. They know every twist and turn of the river, so following their advice is the best way to ensure your trip is thrilling, memorable, and safe.

  1. Relax

You’re going to take in some unforgettable sights and run some fun rapids. It should be thrilling and relaxing at the same time. Watauga Kayak has the best equipment and the best guides to ensure that you can focus on having a good time. If you choose the trip that’s best for you and follow our guide’s advice throughout your journey, you’ll have an incredible experience. There’s no need for nerves or anxiety.

To ensure you pick a trip that meets your family’s needs, here’s a general guide on whitewater rapid classification. Class 1, 2 great for small children and families this is the least risk in whitewater rafting, Class 3, large rapids that normally have an age restriction of 7 and up, risk a little higher, Class 4 larger rapids, more intense, Normally age is 12 and up, high risk rafting, Class 5 very larger unpredictable rapids, Dangerous, should be experts only, High risk of death.  Rapids are fun, but these rivers are not Disney Land, these are wild rivers and the higher the class the more danger is involved if you fall out of the raft.  (Yes in most cases your raft can flip and do flip in these higher classes of whitewater)
Watauga River is a Class I & II whitewater river, low risk, great for all the family.

Contact Watauga Kayak today to plan an adventure!

Thanks to Seattle River Rafting for tips on rafting trips

Yes, on Watauga River if you don’t have a PFD on your boat, kayak, raft, etc., TWRA will fine you if they see you.  Best to have it ON.   The water is very cold and if you were to fall in it could be your life.   I think the fine is somewhere in the neighborhood of $265.00 +-  And if a child does not have the PFD on you may be taken to jail.     SAFE THAN SORRY Wear the PFD.


Wearing a PFD always makes a PERSON look like they know what they are doing. It’s crazy to go without a PFD (Life Jacket) no matter if you are a good swimmer or not IT PAYS TO WEAR IT AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE WATER. So many people take it for granted that something want happen, but that’s the same people you are reading about in the Sunday Newspaper drowning – with no PFD.

Did you know that if you don’t have a PFD in the Raft, Kayak, Tube, etc., that TWRA will give you a fine it’s over $200.00 and if you have a child in the boat without a PFD you may be going to jail.  Yes that has happened on Watauga River.   Look the Part – Wear your PFD at all times, that’s what real paddlers do.

Don’t put someone’s life at risk to rescue you by not wearing a PFD.  Be Smart, Be SAFE