Guided Rafting Trips on the Ocoee River

OAC’s Professionally Guided River Trips Make the Difference

The guide plays a major role adding safety and fun to the crew’s whitewater adventure. An OAC rafting trip with our professional guides will add value to your vacation or weekend getaway. Each year, our new guides are hand selected and extensively trained for two months. The training includes how to read whitewater and builds endurance. However the ability to understand which way the water is flowing and how to use the water to slow down, speed up or aid in turning the boat. But other lessons are important for our guides too.  Before they take customers on rafting adventures. This they learn many paddle strokes, commands, and paddle signs. Then they practice these catching eddies, making ferries, and surfing. In addition guides must learn rescue skills. Such as throwing a rescue rope accurately. Or how to unpin a boat and swim a large rapid.

Guide must obtain certifications to work

The guides must also pass First Aid Classes and certify in professional CPR. They learn communication and customers relations skills. OAC understands the importance of our guides being personable as well as having technical skills. It is important to show our customers the best time on the river. After their extensive training, each guide must be ‘checked out’ by two different senior trip leader guides. All this prior to becoming a guide.

Why Guided Rafting Rates May Vary on Ocoee River Trips

You may find that guided rafting prices on the Ocoee River vary a little from rafting company to rafting company. Some of that variation can be explained by the extent of the training that companies provide and require for their guides. At Ocoee Adventure Center a guide will not be released before we are fully confident they are competent to negotiate the Ocoee’s class III and IV rapids. There is a lot more to consider than just the guided rafting trip prices on the Ocoee. When choosing a professional river rafting company dig a little deeper. The Original Ocoee Adventure Center, home of Paddleman, is the premier Ocoee River rafting company! 

Call our reservations office and our friendly reservationists will help you understand and get ready for your adventure on the Ocoee River.