Tubing and floating rivers are one of the most fun water activities out there. Not only does it offer a fun way to bond with family and friends, but it is also a great way to get out in the sun and have some fun. However, it is vital that you be careful and practice proper water safety when going tubing or doing any other activities in the water. Continue reading to learn some water safety tips for tubing and floating the river.
For general water safety tips read here.
Water Safety Tips
#1: Wear A Life Jacket
Whether you are going tubing, cliff jumping, or paddleboarding, wearing a life jacket is extremely important. Even in slow-moving water, there is the potential for drowning if the wrong combination of events occurs. We do not require tube riders to wear life jackets, but we highly recommend wearing a jacket when going tubing in order to be cautious. We at Portneuf Rapids offer them FREE to our guests in order to facilitate the most safety possible.
#2: Wear Proper Attire
Water safety advises to wear a swimming suit when going tubing, because it is likely that riders will be soaked through by the end of the journey. However, there are other important clothing items that we recommend wearing when in the water. Wearing close-toed shoes is vital when going tubing because the water can be strong sometimes, pulling away loose sandals and flip-flops. Going barefoot also presents certain issues, such as the potential for getting injured from rocks when entering or exiting the water. While it’s not required, wearing a shirt over your swimsuit offers another layer of protection that will keep you warm when in the water.
#3: Be Informed
We at Portneuf Rapids have a detailed map of our floating river that is important to check out prior to going tubing. If you are floating in a different river, make sure you are prepared beforehand. It is important to know how rough the water is, where the river forks and snakes are, and where you need to enter and exit to have the most fun and safe experience possible. We recommend floating the river prior to having little children join so that you can know what you are up against.
#4: Keep Valuables In A Safe Place
Another important tip is to keep your possessions safe. For river rafting, there are waterproof plastic bags available to keep your valuables in. However, keep in mind with tubing that there is not a ton of space for storing phones or other objects. Rings, jewelry, and technology should be kept in a safe place in your vehicle or left at home in order to avoid losing or ruining them.
#5: Know Your Riders
Different riders have different needs. Make sure that if you have an elderly family member or a young child floating, you keep an eye on them. Elderly riders may need extra assistance entering and exiting the tube, so be mindful of that when planning the trip. Children also have extra needs when it comes to water, so make sure that they are taken care of and have a life jacket.
Wanting To Go Tubing With Your Friends & Family?
If you want to go tubing with your friends and family, consider visiting us here at Portneuf Rapids. We are located conveniently on the way to Yellowstone National Park in Lava Hot Springs, ID. Not only do we provide excellent tube rentals but we also offer life jackets free of charge. We believe in providing a fun, safe way for you to enjoy the beauty of nature. We offer tubing rentals for families and other groups including church groups, sports teams, and corporate retreats. For more information about our services feel free to reach out to us today.