Traditional rafting is about paddling along on a raft made from wooden poles, rope, and barrels. More modern crafts tend to use sealed barrels or polystyrene blocks to help them float. They’re simple crafts, so you’ll need to paddle a bit differently compared to how you’d paddle something like a canoe.
The best pioneering projects are the ones that are plenty of fun.
Traditional rafting is a great way to try something new as these rafts are very different to other crafts.
It’s also a true test of teamwork, as you’ll all need to play your part to get the raft moving in the right direction.
Keep warm and dress for the water temperature, not the air.
You can always cool off in the water.
One team member goes into chest deep water to check the launch site for obstacles.
Raft building is often part of a team building exercise. You have to work well together to make this float.
The instructor must make sure the raft is seaworthy.
This is best done in a calm and sheltered area of the lake or river.
The team pushes the raft into waist deep water and then climbs onto it.
If it capsizes or comes apart, some design changes should be considered.