Looks like we will be dealing with covid-19 in 2021. The best way to start your paddling experience is to make sure you wear your mask when checking in, and wash your hands afterward. The next thing i would suggest is to make sure you are paddling with your group only – Meaning your family will be the only ones in the raft, or if you are paddling a single craft you are not too close to others. Keeping safe and distanced are the best ways to help not spread this virus. Paddle safe, have fun.
Check what rafting is available in your area
Check to see what river classification is rated
Make sure the river classification is right for your family
Decide if you are willing to except the risk of paddling that classification
Ask what River you would be paddling
Check that River Name for Local Outfitters
Check to see how long is the drive to the river
Check how long the transport time is, who wants to be spending hours in a bus.
Check to see how long you would be in the water rafting
Check to see if your rafting outfitter has CPR/First Aid certifications
Check to see if each raft has a trained guide or will you be guiding yourself
Check to see if they have good reviews on TripAdvisor, Google, etc.
Check to see if they have had any problems BBB
Check to see what the price per person
Check to see if any additional fee’s and taxes apply to the cost
Check to see if the Outfitter provides water, snacks on the trip
Check to see if the Outfitter provides pictures (Free or Paid) to customers
Decide for yourself what is best for your family