We are continuing our Colorado Adventure summer, this time whitewater rafting with The Adventure Company in Buena Vista.
This summer, the rivers in Colorado are flowing beautifully. As a result of the above average snowpack this past winter and the cooler spring temperatures preventing early season snowmelt, river flows are very sustainable this season. This makes for really awesome whitewater rafting.
Since 1987, The Adventure Company has been setting the standard for top quality white water rafting. In order to ensure guests have a safe and fun trip, The Adventure Company hires guides that have at least four years of commercial white water guiding experience. As the only company in Colorado with this strict guide experience policy, guests will have an expert guide even on a beginner trip.
The Adventure Company guides are able to share their knowledge of the river, canyon geology, point out wildlife, and tell stories to their guests because their high level of experience and confidence means they are not just focusing on getting through the rapids. Guides know the river like the back of their hand and they give their guests an education and fun experience.
To ensure the safety of our guests The Adventure Company takes extra measures by doing the following:
- Only hiring guides that have a minimum of four years of commercial white water rafting experience
- Adhering to state regulations regarding river flow cutoff levels for commercially guided trips
- Employing an expert "safety kayaker" on trips to direct and assist any guest if they become a "swimmer" and are no longer a "rafter." This helps ease the guest and ensures that their time in the water is greatly minimized.
- We add a 2nd guide to the boat for added safety and security during high water if our guests are challenged in any way, of a young age or elderly.
- Keeping our boats on the river close together and establishing an organized sequence so that should a rescue arise, our boats have the ability to help each other very quickly.
- Training for safety and rescue protocol and requiring our guides to be CPR/First Aid certified. Most of our guides also have advanced certifications and Wilderness Medicine training
- Ensuring our equipment and rental gear is always updated, maintained and operable.
Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a rafting tour in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.