Frequently Asked Questions
How many times will the raft go down the river?
In the Rafting Full Session (two hours) you will usually get four runs down the river; more if time allows. The Taster Session will give you two runs down the river. Orca sessions don’t do runs down the river as such, you tend to work on the flatter sections to begin with to get used to handling the boats, then you will work your way up to the faster water as your confidence and skills improve.
If there are more than 7 of us in our group can we swap people over mid session?
No, unfortunately not. Due to the nature of white water rafting we must insist that the same participants remain throughout as they will have to attend the safety briefing and gain a level of familiarisation with the activity and the guide as the session progresses.
Do we paddle ourselves down the river without a guide?
You will be paddling but there will also be a qualified guide with you at all times who is in control of the raft. If you are looking for something a little more independent, we suggest you might enjoy the orca sessions, where the guide will usually be alongside in a kayak and you will be in control of the boat.
Will we have to carry the raft back to the start point?
There is a short stretch from the river to the minibus bay where the group will have to carry the raft, but a minibus and trailer is on hand to take you back up to the start to do it all again!
Can I request a particular guide?
If this isn’t your first visit to the Centre, and if one of our guides made a lasting impression on you, let us know their name when you book and we will try our best to put you on their session when you come rafting.
We have a child with us; can we take it in turns in missing a run to look after them?
Unfortunately not, once you have signed on to your raft the same person must remain on the boat for the duration of the session. This is due to health and safety regulations that the participants will have gained a level of familiarisation with the activity and the guide as the session progresses. Why not book the Taster session if this is your predicament? Tasters go out every hour and a half, so you and your child can watch your partner go past twice on the river, and then you can swap over.
Is there a weight limit?
Not at our Centre, the only restriction is that participants do not exceed a chest size of 51 inches / 130 cm.
Is there a minimum age limit?
For the Rafting Safari all children must be 10 years old or over. For Rafting Full Sessions, Taster Sessions and Canyoning the minimum age is 12. For the Tryweryn Special the minimum age is 14 and for the Orcas and Tandem Kayaking the minimum age is 16. We have no upper age limit!
I have never done anything like this before, does this matter?
Not at all! The only pre-requisites are that you are able to swim and are physically fit. You will attend a full safety briefing before going on the water where the guide will make sure everyone is happy with the commands.