Staying Upright While Rafting
Whether you're rafting alone or taking part in a team event, you'll want to prioritize staying upright to ensure that your experience goes as planned. So what can you do to increase the chances that your raft will remain upright at all times?
The first thing that you'll want to do is pay attention to weight distribution. If you're a solo kayaker then don't load any equipment that matches or exceeds your weight because where you can shift your position to balance the raft, you can't do the same for your equipment.
If you're on a team expedition then be sure to distribute weight accordingly. Heavier rafters should be in the middle of the boat to reduce the chances of tipping the front or rear, with lighter rafters occupying the front, rear and side areas.
Another method of reducing the chance of tipping is to use your paddles to provide added support. Leaning on paddles isn't advised as they have been known to snap under pressure, but you can use them to provide extra stability when turning corners or changing direction.
The main thing to do is to make it as easy as possible for your raft to stay afloat. Don't bounce or rock your raft and avoid switching places.
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