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Pocono Whitewater

Jim Thorpe, PA, USA
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About Pocono Whitewater
There’s something fun here at Pocono Whitewater for every level of adventurer! Choose from our family style rafting, our Dam Release Gorge rafting, and our multiple combination trips. Try our most popular adventure: The Big Day Out! In addition to whitewater rafting, we also specialize in Pocono Biking and Skirmish Paintball! Visit our website today and plan your trip to the Pocono Mountains!
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Navigate787233 wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I want to start by saying that the guides were excellent. But the overall experience was disappointing and scary. We had to take a 15 minute bus ride from the check in area to and from the white water location. No social distancing practiced at all in the bus. Everyone was seated right next to each other, no row spacing between anybody. Even though they announced for everyone to use your masks with the mouth and nose covered, they didn’t enforce strictly. I would not recommend Skirmish to anyone unless they enforce Covid practices strictly. There is no vaccine or treatment yet and they are prioritizing maximizing short term profits over long term safety and reputation. Overall i am shocked that social distancing and proper mask wearing are not practiced widely in the Poconos. Only about 20% of people at Hotels and other public areas are being cautious.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alsk wrote a review Sep 2020
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I will start with the positive.....the guides were nice......however we could rarely hear them so we had no idea where we were supposed to be etc. also, got very very tired of holding on to trees waiting. We were in a group of 17 rafts.....way too many. There were several in the group who rarely paddled at all so we would get stuck because we couldn’t paddle then because we were up to the non-paddling rafts so we would float through rapids. Several boats spent the time splashing each other the entire time. Sorry but i didn’t pay for that. We wanted to raft. Had untold number of rafts crash into us in rapids. One hit us so hard while we were stuck trying to back paddle in a rapid to keep from crashing into a non-paddler-that we almost took out one of the guides that was standing in the water at that time. The guides did nothing to address the behaviors of others in the group. Also I have never had to paddle so much rafting as I did here - obviously not a reflection of the outfitter but good to know ahead of time. We tried to make the best of it as it was a good warm up for my 10-year-old’s first time But the number of rafts, the behavior of the people, and lack of instruction really made for a miserable time. This was our big outing of the summer and well........at least we did something 😕
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Date of experience: September 2020
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ald3114 wrote a review Sep 2020
Philly, PA179 contributions47 helpful votes
We went on a dam release Saturday. It was the family rafting experience. The guides were the best. Jim and I forget the names of the others were great. We didn't expect lunch, but here was lunch (hot dogs, potato salad, chips, apple and lemonade). Definitely a workout, our arms were fatigued. It was hard to steer our raft straight. The scenery was amazing. Our raft had 8 family members in it. We had an 8 year and 12 year old in the raft. The kids were frightened, it was too much for them. The age limit should be higher. We hit a couple rocks and got stuck on a couple. Tour was booked for 12:35 and we didn't get to the briefing/education until 1:15 and then to the 15-20 min bus ride and into the raft. The life vests were molded/dirty. The social distancing on the bus was too close for comfort, even though we all wore masks. At the end there is a sanitizing trough for the life vests. Not sure it worked. The other rafts had water guns and would throw buckets of water on each other and occasionally swim in the Lehigh at certain points. We had fun for a first time experience and know what to expect the next time. It is for adults and those who can paddle well and not give up. Not COVID compliant.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Wendy L wrote a review Aug 2020
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Cons: We went on a Whitewater release day and it was too much for my 8 year old grandson. I believe the age limit should be higher. Also the walk from the bus to the boats was a little long, and part of it was slippery and very rocky. Pros: It was so much fun once we got into the rafts! Talk about whitewater! All 4 of us did get thrown out of the boat on one particularly strong rapid, but we got over it, and had a blast! The scenery was beautiful, the guides were patient, helpful and the lead guide was funny. There was a campfire going when we got back, with an option to buy a S'mores kit!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Sami G wrote a review Aug 2020
New York14 contributions9 helpful votes
I would not go back till the Corona Pandemic has passed. Admittedly, we had fun, the river is beautiful and the guides were great. But from a Corona safety perspective, this was awful. Even though it was outdoors, there were way too many people in way too close quarters - no social distancing while getting life vests, waiting on line for safety briefing, waiting on line for the bus, on the bus, getting off the bus, getting rafts, at the lunch break or on the bus back. Only sanitizing of equipment was customers being required to briefly dunk vests in a dunk tank before returning them to the pile for the next group. We chose this activity thinking outdoor activities would be the safest Corona option, but this company was not sensitive to providing a socially distant, Corona-safe environment. They should be cutting at least half the amount of people they are taking out each trip and they should be enforcing social distance while on lines, on busses, assigning rafts and in crowded spaces. Very disappointing. Hoping not to get sick. Stay healthy all!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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