Commonly asked questions and answers for enjoying your Kootenay Rockies river rafting adventure!
What do I need to bring?
Secure footwear (old running shoes, sandals with a heel-strap or water shoes. No flip flops or bare feet). Swimsuit or t-shirt and shorts, sunblock, eyeglass retainer and any medication you may require (including allergy medications). In cooler weather, a thermal top and rainwear (thermal top could be wool or synthetic such as polypropylene, polartec etc. Not cotton which has a negative thermal value when wet). A towel and a change of clothes are recommended for after.
For trips scheduled in September (Red Fish Special), we recommend bringing rain jacket and pants for the cooler weather.
When do I need to get there?
Please arrive at our office at 359 Meadow Creek Road, Meadow Creek at 9:30 am. Trips depart at 10:00 am sharp. Please note: our office does not open until 9:00 am.
Do I need to be able to swim?
No, but please advise your guide before the trip commences. Every trip receives a comprehensive safety briefing.
What if it’s raining?
You're going to get wet anyway! Rafting is unaffected by rain and a great rainy day activity. We raft rain or shine!
What do we provide?
Experienced and qualified staff, the very latest in whitewater equipment including: helmet and lifejacket, shuttle from our office and a fresh gourmet riverside lunch.
What if I have a food allergy or special dietary requirement?
No problem! Please be sure to advise us of any special considerations when you book.
How fit do I need to be?
These trips are easy to moderately strenuous and contribute to a great sense of accomplishment! You don't need any prior experience but a certain degree of physical capability is necessary. Please call us if you have any concerns.
What are my chances of falling in?
Very low, but it remains a possibility. Our comprehensive safety briefing will cover this unlikely scenario.
How exciting and/or scary are Class 2+ rapids?
They are very exciting! On the international whitewater scale that ranges from 1 to 6 (Niagara Falls is a Class 6), Class 2+ rapids are described as “easy to moderate in difficulty”. Higher ratings are not a measure of ‘fun factor’, but of difficulty and risk. Running Class 2+ rapids requires a skilled guide and teamwork, resulting in a sense of accomplishment and adding immeasurably to the satisfaction of descending a wilderness river!
How much experience does my river guide have?
Oly guides on every trip and has 27 years of experience. He was first assessed and registered as a river boatman in New Zealand in 1991. In 1999 he obtained a BC Trip Leader License (the highest level in the province) and has worked as a guide trainer in BC. He holds a New Zealand Senior Guide License Class 4/5 (the highest level in NZ). Working back to back summers in the Northern and Southern hemispheres over many years has allowed Oly to effectively double his experience!