Frequently Asked Questions-Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

DO WE NEED RESERVATIONS?

While we do take walk-ins and last minute reservations, we strongly suggest that you book your trip as far in advance as possible. Our Colorado River trips fill up quickly, especially during the peak rafting season of May through August.

IS RAFTING/KAYAKING DANGEROUS?

Safety is our #1 concern at Paddle Moab.

Rafting is thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and unbelievably fun. However, as with all adventure sports, there is inherent and assumed risk involved. Risk contributes to the excitement, and is one of the reasons people enjoy rafting at all levels. The guides working at Paddle Moab are trained to minimize and manage risks. The most common injuries on rafting trips are sunburn and injuries that occur on land, especially getting into and out of the boats. Despite our training and risk management attempts, things can happen, we try really hard to ensure your safety, we simply cannot make that claim.

WILL I FALL OUT OF THE BOAT? WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO?

Plan “A” is always to stay in the boat, but believe it or not, many people love falling out of the raft, after the fact. It’s exciting, but it can be disorienting and a little overwhelming at first. Many people have taken multiple trips and never fallen in. Some people swim on their first trip. It’s all a part of rafting. Before you go on any trip, you’ll be given extensive instructions on what to do if you fall in, and how to be a smart swimmer. Follow your guide’s instructions, and your “swim” could be the most exciting part of your trip and a great story to tell your friends afterwards!

IF I CAN’T SWIM, CAN I STILL GO RAFTING?

Yes. Everyone on commercial rafting trips wears a coast guard approved ‘life vest’ or personal flotation device (PFD). This critical piece of equipment is designed to aid in keeping you afloat in the event that you find yourself in the river.

HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO GO RAFTING?

You should be reasonably healthy, and must be able to fit into the life vests supplied by us. Paddling can sometimes be tiring, but your guides will instruct you on paddling techniques which are lots of fun to learn. If you’re in doubt about your fitness to go rafting check with your doctor before you go.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND WEAR?

Please wear a swimsuit and sun protection. You need to bring a water bottle and we will bring extra water. Shoes you do not mind getting wet.

I HAVE A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, CAN THEY GO RAFTING?

Yes. However, age restrictions of 7 and up.

HOW EARLY SHOULD WE ARRIVE BEFOREHAND?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your trip departure unless we are picking you up from your hotel.

WHAT HAPPENS ON A TYPICAL RAFTING TRIP?

Your trip begins when you meet us at shop or we pick you up. Everyone gets geared up and loaded on the van which will transport you to the “put in”. At the put-in the Trip Leader will deliver a safety talk and a paddle talk, you will learn to paddle as a team and be rafting before you know it. Then you’ll head on down the river.

HOW MANY PEOPLE FIT IN A RAFT?

Our paddlerafts typically seat 6-7 people and a guide, this is because we run smaller rafts and are adamant about not overloading them as a matter of safety and social responsibility.

SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE?

Yes, your guide works hard to ensure that you have a fun and safe adventure. They appreciate being tipped. If you feel your guide has done a good job at keeping you entertained and sharing the wonderful river environment with you, feel free to tip them. $5 to $10 per person is widely accepted as the industry norm; tipping is always appreciated but never expected.

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