Like all adventure sports, there is an element of risk in rafting, however, ‘CHIANGMAI ADVENTURE’ follow strict safety precautions and have an exemplary record of safety on the water.Serious incidents are extremely rare. Guides go through rigorous training in water safety, rafting techniques and first aid before they ever take a commercial trip down the river. The biggest danger on the river is failing to follow the instructions of your professional guide. Your guide knows the obstacles to avoid and the safest way to negotiate every rapid. Follow his or her instructions and you’ll have a safe and enjoyable trip.
No experience is necessary to get started. Mae Tang river adventures are suitable for novice and expert alike. Experienced guides teach you paddling techniques and important maneuvers before you hit the big water. Prior experience is recommended for at high water [August to September]
You betcha nearly everyone can-even those who are out of shape, overweight, elderly, physically challenged or have some combination of these conditions. Some outfitters arrange trips for those with specific physical challenges. Just ask about your special concerns when you call.
Indeed you can if they’re at least 6, the minimum age for most family trips. Lots of youngsters form some of their best family memories rafting in Mae Tang river.
No, however for safety you must be able to maneuver yourself in the water with a life jacket holding you up.
Essentials include a comfortable wear like T-shirt and trousers suitable for the river. River sandals (the kind that strap on fully) are recommended. (Old-fashioned “flip-flops” have a way of disappearing downriver!) You’ll also want to bring towels for an after-trip shower. All necessary safety equipment is provided by your outfitter.
Within the whitewater industry, rapids are classed according to the difficulty they pose. The least difficult are Class I, which novices can tackle with without a guide. Class II to Class V Stretches of water require paddling skills and the kind of guidance provided by professional outfitters. Rapids in the Class VI category pose the ultimate challenge and are suited only for the most experienced paddlers.