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RIVER TRIP RESOURCES
River Trip Tips and Tricks to Rafting
Whether or not this if your first time river rafting, there are several things you can do to better prepare for your trip both before and during your excursion. We’ve come up with several tips and tricks for both on and off the river to ensure you have the best experience possible.
River Trip Frequently Asked Questions
How much experience do you need?
None! Roughly half of our customers that we take down the river have never been whitewater rafting. All of our guides know this and go over a very detailed safety speech in which they will personally go around and show you how to sit and the best ways to keep yourself in the boat. To help ease some nerves, there are two great benefits to this river for first-timers. The first half of the trip is fairly mellow. You’ll get wet, but it is not too daunting. This allows you the time to get used to being in the boat. You are not going to be thrown into the boat and hit the biggest wave of the trip in the first five minutes. The second half of the trip is where all the bigger waves are. The other nice thing about the Snake River is that it is classified as a “Pool and drop river”, which basically means that after every section of waves, you are going to have a nice calm section afterwards before you hit your next set of waves. So you have time to sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canyon between waves. The people who were nervous usually have the best time!
Do you run trips if it's raining?
Our river trips leave as scheduled rain or shine. We supply splash gear for free, and wetsuits and booties are available to rent. However, we reserve the right to cancel or shorten a trip due to extreme weather conditions that would cause the trip to be unsafe. Whitewater rafting is a wet activity by nature, and assuming that you are dressed appropriately, we think this is the best outdoor activity for a rainy day!
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all of our trips and a 7-day cancellation policy for groups of 10 people or more. A 100% refund will be given for anyone who cancels before these time periods.
The number of trips and seats that Dave Hansen Whitewater can offer are limited by the U.S. Forest Service river management plan. Once you reserve your trip, we are no longer able to sell your seat to other individuals or groups. Therefore, if you do cancel your trip within the hours of our policy, we can only refund your money if we are able to fill your spots.
What is the minimum age?
Our age limit for kids is usually 6 years old. There are some trips and times of the year where we do take down kids as young as 4 years old. There are certain water levels during the run-off season where we may raise our age limit. Please give us a call to discuss if you have more questions.
Our DHWW River Trip Blog
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