A – You do not need to be a strong swimmer, or even to know how to swim to enjoy a river trip with Idaho Afloat. All participants are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved PFD, or Personal Flotation Device (back in the old days we called ‘em life jackets). These high buoyancy jackets are designed to keep your head above water should you find yourself in the water.
- Now, that said, if you do not know how to swim and you are afraid of water – river rafting is probably not going to be your cup of tea.
- If, however, you don’t know how to swim, but you enjoy the outdoors and adventure, and are ok with the thought of floating in the water, perhaps through a rapid with your life jacket (guests sometimes fall out of the boat during a rapid or, a raft may overturn), choose a less intense whitewater river (Main Salmon or Lower Salmon) for your first experience.
- Small children (ages 5-7) typically aren’t good swimmers yet and they absolutely love our trips. We have child-sized PFDs and look after our smallest guests with great zest and joy. Please note, all participants (or their parents/guardians) must sign the trip waiver before departing on an Idaho Afloat trip. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us directly at 800.700.2414. We’re here to help!