The 'AO Rafting University' Category Archive


[VIDEO] White Water Rafting Levels / Classes Explained

The river classification system is based on an International Scale of River Difficulty and ranges from Class 1 to Class 6 rapids. Let’s look at the different white water rafting levels!

  Published June 19th, 2023

River guide commands for whitewater rafting

[VIDEO] Whitewater Rafting Paddle Commands

Get educated about the most common whitewater rafting paddle commands you can expect to hear on your next river trip, and find out how to properly execute them in this helpful video.

  Published May 22nd, 2023

Spring Season Rafting at Higher River Flows

Learn about the additional considerations that need to be taken into account when planning a rafting trip during the spring “high flows” period in a year with a well above average snowpack.

  Published April 26th, 2023

Benefits of Wearing a Wetsuit for Rafting

Whitewater rafting is one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of a river canyon. But it’s only fun when you are comfortable and not concerned about getting too cold. Let’s talk about wetsuits!

  Published April 24th, 2023

Predicting California River Flows for Rafting

All rivers are connected to rain and/or snow. If you want to know what California rivers will be doing in the spring, summer, and fall, you need to know what happened in the Sierra during the “wet season”.

  Published February 1st, 2023

What to Wear for Summer Rafting in California

[VIDEO] What to Wear for Summer Rafting in California

Summer rafting in California is always awesome and usually warm and sunny. Listen to Trey, the grandson of founder George Armstrong, as he provides tips on what to wear and how to gear up for a summer rafting trip.

  Published July 5th, 2022

The Reconnecting Power of Rafting and Rivers

[VIDEO] The Reconnecting Power of Rafting and Rivers

“As a mother and daughter activity…you have fun and excitement, and it’s healthy and good for your heart and soul…we plan to do it every year together!”

  Published June 17th, 2022

Rafting is good for the family

California Rafting Trips Are Good for the Family

Without life’s usual distractions, the river is the perfect place for people to reconnect with one another. This is especially true with families. California offers many rafting opportunities for adventurers of all levels and ages!

  Published June 17th, 2022

Tom Sawyer Float Trips on the South Fork American River

[VIDEO] Tom Sawyer Float: The Perfect River Trip for Younger Kids

The Easy Section of the South Fork of the American River is the ideal river trip for families with kids aged 5 to 7 years old. The gentle Class I-II rapids and the relaxing pools in between are fun for all.

  Published June 14th, 2022

The Last Lost River

The river where California whitewater rafting took sail 60 years ago is now a lake. While the loss of the Main Stanislaus River in the 1980’s was heartbreaking, out of it came a loud voice for river conservation countrywide.

  Published June 6th, 2022
 
 

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