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Speaker A: Our trip with this company started with manually dragging boats round the first beginners lock rapids. Well, I fell on the rocks while doing this and injured my elbow. This company has a strange view on safety. Our guide, with 9 years of experience, did nothing to prevent our boat to be turned upside down, throwing all three of us into the water. So, I’m begging you. Do yourself a favor — please use another boating company!
Speaker B: This trip isn’t about being rowed down the river. You will paddle, feel pain and get bruises. You wear a helmet and a life jacket for a reason. You need to be at a basic level of physical fitness. There is some climbing up and down rocks and on uneven ground, and its slippery. You need to paddle sitting in an awkward position. You have to be able to get up and down quickly. You have to listen and respond to directions. If you really can do that…sign up!
Speaker C: At the end of the day, don’t be lazy. We’re all tired, we’re all sore and bruised. So what? Help take your boat up, not doing that is considered rude. And please don’t be pessimistic, gloomy or unpleasant, because it may annoy the people around you who are trying to hear the guides and have a fun day with their family and friends. Kids can go too, but they need to be at least 90 pounds, or at least 12 years old, and they need to be good swimmers and listeners.
Speaker D: I’ve gone with this company twice now, and I enjoyed it both times. There are several rafting companies out there, but you won’t meet personal that qualified as you’ll meet here. These people are doing what they love. I would not take these trips without a guide, as I’d killed myself. They get you down safely and allow you to have fun between the rapids. Food was good and every time we passed another outfitter, it became evident we chose the best one.
Speaker E: There is a common assumption that lifejackets keep your head above water at all times – wrong! They are constructed to be able to be float in water, so in any case you will pop to the surface. But waves and river currents are strong enough to take you under water for brief periods. A good rafting company typically provides a course on how to breath strategically in rapids, but most beginners usually forget all that in the panic of being in the water
Speaker F: I almost got killed in a white water rafting trip! This is how it happened: I rafted a very fast river. The guy in front of me lost his footing, banged into me and we both fell in. Our boat panicked, so we were rescued by another one ten minutes later. We were heavily injured and I was barely conscious. My lifejacket did not protect me from going under the crashing pull of white water. Don’t listen to those who say that rafting is safe. It’s dangerous!
A — 5: This company ignores tourists’ safety.
B — 1: This kind of tour is for strong and fit people.
C — 4: Team spirit and optimism are important in such tours.
D — 2: Professional staff make these difficult tours fun.
E — 7: Before such tours you should learn how to move and breathe in rapid water.
F — 3: Rafting can be life-threatening.