Whitewater rafting can be a fun and exhilarating outdoor activity that many people enjoy. Chad Boulter likes to get out on the water whenever he can and has been working on his skills to improve and move up to tougher classes of water. He loves the rush rafting gives him and is excited to take more trips in the future. Chad is still working on techniques to make the most out of each ride down the river. There are several different kinds of techniques that rafters use.
When using the punching technique rafts will usually carry great momentum. Since rafts are not able to turn and maneuver as easily as canoes and kayaks they will often punch into hydraulics. The crew must paddle the raft must use considerable force and speed so they are able to push through the hydraulic without getting stopped.
The next technique is called high siding. Rafters try to prevent a raft from going sideways and flipping on its side when hitting a hydraulic by climbing onto the side of the raft that will be the highest when it hits. This allows the rafters to use the draw stroke to pull the raft out of the head.
Low siding is typically used at low water in order to fit the raft through and area smaller than itself. This is considered to be a more professional technique.
These are just a few of the techniques that can be used in whitewater rafting. Chad Boulter practices these to increase his skill level for rafting.
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