(Closed) White water rafting for bachelor party?

posted 7 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 # 17
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    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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 πŸ™‚ good luck.

    Post # 18
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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
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    384 posts
    Helper bee

    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
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    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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 πŸ™‚

    Post # 21
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    2704 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    Member
    19 posts
    Newbee

    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 # 24
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @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
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    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @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 πŸ˜€

    Post # 27
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    3256 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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.

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