Whitewater Rafting Safety Equipment

We always recommend using a licensed and professional rafting outfitter. However, if you’re planning a whitewater rafting trip alone here are the essential safety equipment you will want to have with you.

Whitewater Rafting Throw Bags

A throw bag is used for when somebody falls out of the raft. The three main considerations for the throw bag are:

  • It should be approximately 70 ft long in order to rescue the rafter in fast-moving currents.
  • It should also be strong enough to hold the largest rafter on board, so make sure the rope is durable and strong.
  • It should be a bright visible colour with matching high visibility rope, allowing the rescuer to identify it in the raft and the victim to be able to identify the rope in the rapids.
NRS Standard Rescue Throw Bag
Weight2 lb 4 oz
Rope Length75'
Rope MaterialPolypropylene
Load Max1900 lbs.

Why RaftingSpot Likes It:

This rescue bag will ensure that you and your rafting party make it down the river safely if something were to happen. It floats, has 1900lbs of load capabilities, and has a length of 75′.

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Whitewater Rafting Hole-Patch Kits

A hole-patch kit is simply a repair kit for your raft should it become damaged and leak air. A few things to consider for a hole-patch kit is that it should be:

  • Simple and easy to use in the case of an emergency.
  • Adhesive.
  • Easily cut with a scissors.
  • Strong and resistant to stretch.
  • Made out of polyurethane tape as it is a tough and durable material, ensuring that the damage will be fixed without tearing before the end of your journey.
  • Suitable for the material of your raft.
Tear aid patch
Roll Dimensions3"W x 5'L
Stretch %600%
MaterialMatte finish polyurethane tape
Temperature-20F to 140F
Not Suited ForVinyl and PVC

Why RaftingSpot Likes It:

This is suitable for almost all rafts, excluding Vinyl and PVC materials. It is durable, watertight, puncture-resistant, and flexible to seal any holes should they arise.

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Whitewater Rafting Locking Carabiners

A locking carabiner can easily be clipped onto a throw bag and be used in times of emergencies. It can also be used to attach items to the raft or yourself. It can be used to clip to a chest harness.

  • Look for a carabiner that is strong and durable
  • Water and rust proof
  • Is easy locking
Omega Standard Locking D Carabiner
Dimensions108.7 mm L x 60.7 mm W
Strength Closed31 kN
Strength Opened9 kN
Locking MechanismScrew lock

Why RaftingSpot Likes It:

This is one of the strongest carabiners made and won’t let you down when you need it most. With a screw lock mechanism and a 31Kn of force, this is what you’ll want when you need it most.

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