If you’re looking at a white water rafting class 3 rapids, but you’re not quite sure where to start, here’s what you need to know.

White water rafting is an amazing activity, and is a phenomenal way to enjoy the scenery of the natural world while getting the blood pumping! But it’s important to remember that not all rapids are the same and that class III white water rafting is a different experience than class V white water rafting.

What Determines Rapid Classes?

Many factors go into determining the class of rapids on a river. Several factors include:

  • Wave height, drop height, & frequency
      • Both the height and frequency of waves play a crucial role in determining a rapid’s class. For example, a single large wave may actually be rated class III white water rafting while a long string of sustained, medium-sized waves can be rated at class IV. Although drops are usually more difficult to maneuver than waves, multiple medium-drops (also called a staircase) could likewise be classified as more dangerous than a single, larger drop. 
  • Consequences of falling out
      • What happens if you fall out of the boat? How likely is it that your guide will be able to get you back into the boat safely? What are the consequences if your guide is not able to get you back in the boat? Usually, falling out of the boat on class IV and V rapids carry more serious consequences than falling out while white water rafting class III rapids.
  • Rocks/hazards
      • The presence of large rocks (visible or otherwise) can significantly contribute to ranking a rapid as more dangerous. Also, log jams, also called “strainers”, are almost always the most dangerous threats on a river. The presence of strainers near a rapid will instantly increase a rapid’s class.
  • Required maneuvering
    • While this aspect pertains more to the guide, the amount of maneuvering a guide must execute to safely navigate a rapid also contributes to a rapid’s rating.

Who Is Class III White Water Rafting Is Good For?

Class III white water rafting is considered “moderately difficult”, with irregular waves and narrow channels. It’s perfect for individuals and families that want a rush, but that want a lower risk way to get the blood pumping. Class III also allows you the ability to appreciate the beauty and wildlife in the area as pool drops are more frequent on our class III sections of river – giving an opportunity to take it all in before the next series of rapids!

KODI’s Class III White Water Rafting

KODI offers unforgettable class III white water rafting for individual and family thrill-seekers alike. 

Want to get in on the action and experience Colorado? Give us a call at 1-800-370-0581 today!

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