Post # 17
I think many companies offer a range of levels. Does your fiance generally get nervous in water? If not, I would just send a little heads-up to the best man re:the lack of swimming and encourage him to pick a milder river trip. As for Grandma, I would try reassuring her that it’s a reputable company, children are permitted on the trip, etc…though this may not cut it if she’s really anxious about it. Good call on consulting your mum for guidance on that piece. She will know her best 🙂 good luck.
Post # 18
I went white water rafting in Africa in level 5 rapids I think it was (means nothing to me, I’ve never gone before or since…although I would TOTALLY go again!). It was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life, seriously. Although I also fell off the raft and got stuck under the raft and bumped my head on a rock and several peoples’ oars and I think got a concussion…but it was still seriously the most fun I’ve ever had haha. And I am not a risk taker in general. I’d say pick a calm river and you’re fine. This was in Africa on the Zambezi by the falls, I’m sure most rivers aren’t as wild…and btw by 2 days later I felt perfectly fine and would have been okay to be in a wedding haha
Post # 19
White water raft companies typically give it a level higher than it actually is. So if they say four it’s prolly more like a 3 or 3+. They all wear certified life jackets and helmets. I white water kayak, and a swim is not the end of the world. He should go have fun!
Post # 20
WW rafting just has a dramatic-sounding name. Commercial WW rafting is seriously something little kids can do — look up the company and see what their age minimum is. I’m guessing around 8 yo with no swimming knowledge required 🙂
Post # 21
White water rafting is freaking awesome! I’ve done numerous trips, including several times on the Gauley in WV (class IV and V rapids) and it’s really not that dangerous. However, if your Fiance isn’t a strong swimmer, I wouldn’t recommend an intense river. Class, I-III with a IV or two and he should be ok. But I’d worry about him stressing on anything higher. It’s not that he’d have a problem swimming or drowning, but it can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before.
It will also depend on what kind of ride you want. When we go, the guides usually ask if we want something wild or something a little more tame. We usually opt for the wild ride and our guide will choose the rougher course and even try and flip us on purpose. I’ve fallen out of the raft dozens of times and it’s no big deal. I’ve even had the boat flip on top of me and you just push yourself out from under it. It’s fun and makes for an excellent video afterwards.
I’ve also done a tame ride or two and the guide is very good about making sure the raft doesn’t flip if you don’t want it to. I’ve gone on trips where we haven’t flipped at all.
The guides are also super helpful and safety concious. They’ll give you instructions on what do to if you fall out, where to go/what to avoid if you fall out, what do to if you get caught in a hydraulic, etc.
Post # 22
The rafting would take place in Sweden, as we’re getting married there, but thanks for the recommendation. If he likes it, perhaps we go there some time and try!
Post # 23
@Cecilia37: She’s not on FB, although she does skype and read blogs (she’s 85)! I think I’ll tell her a modified truth – like them going paddling (implying kayak). Just need to make sure everyone knows ahead of time!
@crayfish: I know, and I did get annoyed when she told me she wasn’t going to attend because she has already pulled that card once (on me having a dress with the back showing) and I honestly have enough wedding drama from Future Mother-In-Law to be patient with threats like that. Still, she’s my grandma and I don’t want her to worry/be upset.
@bee_happy: I’ve never seen him in water – but that’s because we tend to go on vacation in places that are too cold to enjoy a swim… So I’m unsure how he would react. As for asking my mum for help, it’s actually dad’s mum, but my dad is a doctor and falls into the category of “EVERYTHING IS DANGEROUS”… so to ask him to calm grandma would do no good at all! 🙂
@BookishBelle: Oh wow… that’s intense – and that comes from someone who goes climbing on vacations! 🙂 Good that you came out it all right and happy to hear you were back to normal two days later! I would hate for him not being in shape on our wedding day!
@skipanther: Great to know, thanks!
@bridinmt: I couldn’t find that info on their web page, but I’ll ask – thanks for the advice!
@RunsWithBears: Thanks! I’ll ask the Bridesmaid or Best Man to make sure they don’t go on anything too crazy and that the guides won’t tip the boat on purpose!
Post # 24
@eocenia: That was in Africa though, so I don’t know if they have different rules and safety standards than Sweden/America/etc. lol
Post # 25
@eocenia: Every time we go, my mom swears she hates it, that she’s never doing it again, that if she falls out, she’ll never speak to us, how could we talk her into it…and at the end, she’s always like, “let’s do that again!”
Secretly, she’s an adrenaline junkie 😀
Post # 26
@Mrs.Camera: Haha! That reminds me of my mum! In 2010 we climbed Sweden’s highest mountain with her (2100m), the year after we took her on a 110 km trek on time (78 hours in alpine terrain). Both times she was like “I’m too old, how could you talk me into this, I’ll never do something like this again, this is crazy…” afterwards, she was on the top of the world. So, last year she went to Switzerland with my little brother and climbed + hiked and now she’s talking about doing Cammino de Santiago. She’s turning 62 this year. 🙂
Post # 27
There will be a guide and they will be in PFD’s and helmets. It will be safe. I mean, there’s always the chance (touch wood) of something going wrong, but there’s a chance of a problem on your flight too but you’re still going to wherever the wedding is, and you still drive every day, blah blah blah. There’s no reason there can’t be an event that’s only for the groom’s party/wedding party/whatever. Your grandma is overreacting. The rafting sounds awesome – I’d love someone to arrange that for me. I’d be super excited about it. Just do it. Your grandma will come to the wedding.