(Closed) White water rafting for bachelor party?

posted 5 years ago in Grooms/men
  • poll: What should I do?
    Ask FI if he wants to go rafting : (17 votes)
    33 %
    Try to convince BM to pick another activity (although, I did email saying it was a great idea) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Ask BM to pick a calm river : (7 votes)
    14 %
    Just proceed without any changes to the plans : (26 votes)
    51 %
  • Post # 3
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Well, if the best man is one of your FI’s friends, I think he’d have a good idea of what Fiance would or wouldn’t like. Also, I went white water rafting Montana, in class 3 and 4 rapids, (the strongest you can go through. A class 5 you have to go around) and I was SIX. My little brother was 4 years old. We’ve gone at least 4 or 5 times as a family, and only once has my baby brother fallen out. He was about 2 or 3 and fell asleep when we did a lazy river float (so, no real rapids, like a class 1 maybe) and fell over. We fished him out and he barely woke up!

    I’ve even floated in a life jacket through class 1s and 2s. Yeah, it can be scary, but if you go with a cetified guide, it’s fine. I think your grandma has been watching too many old western movies where they go through rapids in wooden rafts.

    Post # 5
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    i’ve gone rafting 6 times now, twice on the second hardest river in the world, and had an amazing time. seriously, best days of my life! πŸ™‚ my mom also isn’t a strong swimmer, and she did fall out of the raft several times but she was fine. you have to wear a life jacket, you drift downstream, and then the raft will make its way over to you to pull you back in.

    Post # 7
    491 posts
    Helper bee

    Just go with it.

    All the rafting companies I know of make people wear life jackets. People don’t fall out of the boat often, and I’m sure if something happened someone else would be in the water helping him in a minute.

    Post # 8
    3689 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve been whitewater rafting once, and would love to go again.  The river was mostly class 1 and 2 rapids, with a couple of 3s at the end.  Honestly, the 1s and 2s were not terribly exciting, so I wouldn’t worry about him if that’s all he was doing.  Everyone was wearing life vests, so as long as they do that, I wouldn’t worry about the swimming.  

    Post # 9
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @eocenia:  my mom was pretty frightened that day because the river was crazy and she fell out several times.  the previous times we went rafting she felt completely comfortable even when our whole raft tipped over LOL. she had a blast the first 3 times we went, then she just got a little spooked the last time and i’ve since started going with my Fiance. πŸ˜‰  also, we did raft with my younger brother who was like 10 at the time and not a very strong swimmer. they let us drift through a couple of the lower grade rapids (my favorite part-so peaceful!), and my brother did it too and was fine! πŸ™‚


    ETA: 4/6 times that we have gone rafting, no one fell out of the raft. it really is pretty rare and the guide does everything they can to avoid it unless the group really wants more excitement and then they pick the safest rapid possible to have fun with. i don’t think you need to worry at all! the rivers i raft on are mainly class 3, 4, and 5’s and we still have only fallen out a couple times.


    Post # 10
    4771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Rafting is quite safe. You’re way more likely to get paralized by driving a car.  Your Granma needs to chill.

    Anyone can get injured anywhere.  Rafting is awesome.  Have fun.




    Post # 11
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @eocenia:  i would tell the best man about your concerns and tell him it would be better if he asked your Fiance instead of making it a suprise.

    Post # 13
    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    White water rafting REALLY isn’t that dangerous. You have heavy duty life jackets and helmets on. You don’t need to be a super strong swimmer. You just need to be able to kick your way to the side of the river.


    I think it would be a great bachelor or bachelorette weekend – I see you live in Ontario, are you thinking the Ottawa region? I highly recommend Wilderness Tours – they have packages that include camping, one day of rafting and meals for a day and a half for less than $300. It’s tons of fun!


    What your Grandma doesn’t know won’t hurt her!!


    Post # 15
    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ll back up the other bees – rafting rocks and you don’t actually have to know how to swim at all.  One of my friends can’t even doggie paddle and she fell out and was fine, you just lay there until someone comes and gets you.

    As for grandma, maybe this is horrible, but I’d say flat out lie to her, just make sure everyone knows not to spill the beans.  Is she on facebook?

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Sorry grandma, but white water rafting is AWESOME, and it isn’t her life or choice. I’d stop talking about it with her and let him decide for himself if he wants to go.

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