Why is rafting a dangerous sport?

What is rafting

Rafting is fun.

Rafting - originally from raft - is a recreational sport that has become popular in Central Europe since the mid-1980s. In this water sport, a river is sailed with a rubber dinghy. Usually one rides whitewater of various degrees of difficulty.

Thanks to the meanwhile quite highly developed safety measures of the commercial providers, rafting has become a safe leisure activity. Depending on the target area, there are sometimes quite rigid safety measures from public institutions for the providers: This ranges from the obligation to inspect entrepreneurs and boat drivers to regular inspection of the boats to clear regulations regarding the equipment to be carried.

Rafting can be a dangerous sport if normal safety rules are not followed. Because of this, accidents have occurred time and again in the past, but most of them occurred in the context of private journeys. In general, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the provider's security concept before booking a rafting tour. The type and scope of equipment and the qualfication of the boat operator are the essential characteristics here.

Rafts are usually for 4-12 people. They consist of very robust, multi-layered rubberized fabric with several independent air chambers. The length generally varies between 3.50 m and 6 m, the width between 1.80 m and 2.50 m. A distinction must be made between different boat shapes, in Europe the symmetrical rafts steered with the paddle at the stern are the most common. Other types are the asymmetrical, rudder-controlled rafts and the symmetrical rafts with a central rudder system (oars). Rafts are moved forward with a paddle.

Rafting is operated as a recreational sport through commercial providers. There is also the relatively unknown competitive rafting sport.

Like all nature sports, rafting is in conflict between nature conservation and nature use. In the past, there have been more problems between anglers and rafting enthusiasts in particular, but these have largely been resolved by compromise solutions such as restrictions on annual and daily sailing times.

There were and still are differences with private canoeists or canoeists organized in clubs who feel disturbed in the freedom of their individual sporting activities. In addition, the short and purchasable thrill of a commercial rafting tour contradicts the usual philosophy of white water canoeing.

Some canoeists complain about rafting providers who, in cooperation with municipalities and tourism associations, carry out dredging and blasting work in the river bed in order to eliminate safety risks in the river. De facto, these measures usually only last for a short time, as the river bed is subject to permanent change and interventions are often undone with the next flood.

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