Whether you're communing with nature on crystal clear lake or stream, or riding the white water on a roller coaster adventure "paddling your own canoe" (or raft, or kayak!) always spells adventure and excitement.
If you're new to the fun, there are beginner tips to keep in mind for playing it safe including how to prepare, and what to bring.
It's already assumed that your physcially fit, but how's your upper body strength? Fatigue is no fun, so a quick workup of your arms and abs might be the ticket to a great day out on the water moving under your own steam.
Like any sport that involves the elements, experts always advise "dress for the water, not the weather." Even on the warmest summer day you'll want to prepare for the water temperature should your vessel tip over unexpectedly. That means bringing along a life jacket, layers of quick-dry clothing and sturdy strapped sandals. Also, don't forget the hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Just up ahead, learn more about safety procedures, equipment & gear outfitters, and where to find a rafting tour for spring or summer adventure ..
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