The main indicator of extreme rafting is the white water rafting index. It is a term referring to the level of turbulence in a river or rapids. Changes in river channel elevation can cause white water, rocks and other obstacles in the water, flows from melting snow and rainfall. There are several possible ranges of “whitewater” for rafting, according to which the degree of danger of a particular route is determined. They range from simple to very dangerous and potentially deadly or can lead to serious injury. How many levels of white water rafting are there? There are six classes of difficulty, from very safe to very dangerous.
Different levels of white water rafting
Difficulty Level I is the easiest route. In general, the course of the rivers of this category is calm, sometimes you can meet swift currents, shoals, separately standing stones. These simple obstacles do not represent big danger. Anyone can navigate such rivers.
II category of complexity. On such rivers already there are small thresholds with a shaft of average height, drains, barrels with a small drop in height, swift currents, River Shivers. Such crossings require either elementary skills of ship management or participation of an experienced instructor.
III category of complexity. On these rivers obstacles that require training of rafters or an experienced instructor are more common. In the rapids there are numerous obstacles in the form of stones, high shafts and drains, beginners can pass such routes only with the support of an experienced instructor.
IV category of complexity. These are routes, in which there are complex rapids, requiring prior reconnaissance, study and construction of the route to pass. There are non-carrying barrels, high walls, heavy drains, which, if passed incorrectly, can “bite” and turn the boat over. Between the rapids there may be quite long sections of calm water and small shivers. Passage is possible only for experienced participants.
V category of complexity. These are rivers for masters and athletes. Difficult rapids can go one after another, often requires the organization of insurance on the water. Obligatory reconnaissance of the route, the study of the river beds, obstacles and well-coordinated teamwork. Among the obstacles there are waterfalls, non-carrying barrels, narrow passages between the stones, high rocks. Such routes are suitable for very experienced sportsmen
The VI category of complexity. Routes of this level can be passed by few people. Some of the rapids can be fatal. Stormy waterfalls, huge water barrels, drains and shafts. On such rivers almost do not carry out commercial rafting.