WHO CAN GO ON A WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP?
Everyone! From mild floats to extreme whitewater, 8Adventures offers trips on different sections, for all skill levels.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE LIMIT?
For the mildest section of river that we run (Class I-II) there is an age limit of 6 years old and 50 Lb (22 kg). For the moderate level of whitewater (Class II-III) there is an age limit of 11 years old. For the advanced level of whitewater (Class III-IV) there is an age limit of 15. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or have a parent or legal guardian pre-sign a release of liability form for that individual
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM?
Ability to swim is not a necessity, it is however good not to have a fear of swimming. 8Adventures life jackets are all Coast Guard Certified UA rated. 8Adventures guides are also trained in water safety and rescue techniques to ensure your safety at all times.
DO YOU NEED TO BE IN SHAPE FOR THIS ACTIVITY?
Moderate physical condition is required for whitewater rafting; you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without stopping for a rest. If you have disabilities or cannot meet the physical requirement above, we can accommodate you on a mild Class I / II float.
WHAT SECTION OF RIVER IS BEST FOR ME?
Beginners and adventurers alike will find sections of river that suit their skill levels at 8Adventures. The best way to find out is to come for a visit or call us at 08-9000-7728.
WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT RATINGS OF RIVER MEAN?
Class I-II Typically indicates waves below 80cm high, with little navigation required, and low consequences or chances of tipping over – Best for young children and tentative adults.
Class III Waves up to 1 meter in height, navigation is required to make your way through rocks and obstacles, rapids are challenging but not overwhelming – This is best for an introductory level of rafting.
Class IV Waves and drops of up to 2 meters. proper navigation is a must, as the chance of falling out or flipping a raft is present. Participants must be ready to listen and respond to instructions from their guide. If you do exit the raft this can potentially be an uncomfortable swim where you may bump into rocks – This is best for the gung-ho adventure seeker; it can be taken on by the inexperienced rafter but an aptitude for adventure needs to be present.
CAN I BRING A CAMERA?
You are welcome to bring a camera but be advised that a camera is likely to get wet while inside the raft (a waterproof or water resistant camera is advisable). We also advise being prepared with a strap to attach the camera to the boat or life jacket.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO RAFTING?
8Adventures runs trips all year round, but the Mae Tang River has seasonal flows. Good flow season is July to February. Low Flow season is March – June. During July – January, most of the time a full size 6 person rafts is possible. During February – June the water is lower and may require the use of smaller 2 to 3 man boats to run down the section. Nonetheless the Mae Tang offers an exciting experience all through the year.
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
An air-conditioned shuttle from your hotel/guest house to the river and back is provided with purchase of one of our half-day or full-day and multi-day trips. You can also hire a car or taxi and make your own way to 8Adventures on the banks of the Mae Taeng. Directions are provided on our website, 8adventures.com/maps-and-directions, or call us at 08-9000-7728.
HOW MANY PEOPLE FIT IN A BOAT?
8Adventures is able to fit 7 in a boat on our mild sections of whitewater (class I-II). On our moderate to challenging sections of whitewater, we can take a maximum of 6 per boat.
ARE YOUR GUIDES CERTIFIED?
Our guides are trained in wilderness safety and hold current certification in First Aid and C.P.R. All guides are trained in whitewater safety by 2-time World Champion Kayaker Eric Southwick