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White Water Adventurers

Ohiopyle, PA, USA
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About White Water Adventurers
White Water Adventurers is the leading rafting outfitter in Ohiopyle Pennsylvania. Come and feel the roar of the river beneath your whitewater raft. Taking a whitewater adventure with your friends and family will help you to forget the stresses of everyday life. Come have a true whitewater get-a-way with White Water Adventurers, right here in Ohiopyle Pa.
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Go rafting on the Lower Yough for a thrilling outdoors experience in Ohiopyle. Located about one hour south of Pittsburgh, Ohiopyle State Park is home to the Youghiogheny River, which has class 2-4 rapids on this 7.5-mile (12-km) trip. Your guide shares instruction on paddling and provides all the necessary gear. You’ll stop about halfway for a picnic lunch on the river.
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Ozzie E wrote a review Jun 17
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We had a great family outing. Our guide Elizabeth was great!!! She was very attentive to our safety. One of our best experiences ever
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you had a great adventure.
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Tiffany T wrote a review Jun 15
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I was extremely nervous to go but the guide (lucas) really made the trip fun and exciting along with the great ppl that where on the boat with me and my father. I can't wait to go back there it was worth the hours in the car and money it cost. By far the best thing iv done in years and would recommend to everyone old and young. We had 65 yr old lady on our raft and 70 yr old on sister raft and they kicked ass. I would give 15 out 5 stars and more if I could.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you had a wonderful day on the river.
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samcuso25 wrote a review Jun 14
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We booked the upper river for a group of 7. We had the absolute best time ever. I will for sure book again with WWA in the future and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great white water rafting experience. The guides are all amazing from start to finish Tommy is the Man hands down. River Jesus educated the group along the way as well. Great trip.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Thank you for your review. Come back to see us again soon.
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cwallich wrote a review Jun 13
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Excellence experience!! It was my first time be there. On the first day, accidentally, my kid hit the guide Tommy's forehead with a paddle. Created a bump. I felt so bad, But Tommy kept cheer us up, treat the bump like not a thing, and continue rafting, want us to have fun on the raft. On the 2nd day, We have Tommy as our guide again. He is enthusiastic! And professional guide. I felt that all he wants is to keep us safe and make sure we have fun.
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Thank you for your review. We'll let Tommy know he did a great job.
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Shannon S wrote a review Jun 11
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We booked our white water rafting trip for 5/31/21 as a group of five to raft the Upper Youghiogheny River. The group rafting experience between us varied from none to experienced. Two of our group (Sam and Bobby) would be joining us on their first rafting trip ever; but one had kayak experience. One of us (Nick) had rafted twice before, level 3 and 4's. Lastly, the two of us (Chad and Shannon) have rafted class 5's several times. The excitement and anticipation was great throughout the weekend, even as it rained and temperatures were not super warm. We were happy that when arrived at WhiteWater Adventurers on Monday morning the sun was out, the temperatures were rising and that we could rent wetsuits for our newbies! I think it's important before starting this review to talk about guides for a moment. Their jobs are indescribable really. They have to have customer service skills to deal with the constant rotation of people and have the ability to "read" these total strangers and form them into "teams" for each raft and get those "teams" to work (paddle) together and make the experience enjoyable. They have to set the tone/mood of the trip, motivate everyone while at the same time cradling their inner child to feel safe. They also have to be prepared to save any one of the people on said teams and all of this while simultaneously having knowledge of the river, the rocks, the water and how to maneuver a raft through all of this. Guides are underappreciated craftsmen of a thrilling trade that deserve all of the accolades that we can give them for the performance expected of them daily. And we have found; they typically do not disappoint. So we checked in, donned our wetsuits and hopped into the van excited, anxious, and ready to meet our new best friends (the guides). Tommy drove our van. He was quiet at first, smiling a lot and trying to make us all feel comfortable. We, however, began to attack the poor man with a million questions on his river life. We love to hear all the details on guide life; where they're from, where they guide, what the area is like, what the river is like, you name it. We told him that the two of us have rafted before and talked about our adventures. We talked to him about roping Nick in for the rides, and how we roped in two newbies for him today. Tommy introduced us to our “safety kayaker” for the day, Ryan. It was a good pre-raft ride and chat. We arrived at the put in and met our other guides, Blake and Todd. We got our safety talk with Tommy. The two of us have heard the talk before, but always like to listen for new tips. Plus, we want Sam and Bobby to take it all in as well. Tommy ran through the right way to put the life vest on and tighten it, the proper helmet fitting, how to hold the paddle… and more importantly how NOT to hold the paddle (summer teeth). He ran through instructions on paddling, listening to your guide, and then rolled into the what to do when you're no longer rafting and become a "swimmer". He discussed the first defense, get back in the raft. The second defense, to get back in A raft and the instructions that might be given to make that happen. Pro tip on this safety talk that we had not heard before "remember to open your eyes". He discussed the throwing of the line, toes up, nose up and the use of our emergency kayak friend. He took his time, demonstrated as he spoke, and was thorough. We felt safe. We divided into groups; with Sam, Nick and Bobby joining Tommy, another group that we had not met with Blake and then the two, Chad and Shannon, with Todd. We put in and off we all went down the river, with us being the caboose. We began to talk to Todd and get to know him and his rafting tales and enjoyed the first nice slow mile. We started out with Gap Falls and crushed that fall with gusto. It was a nice ride and we enjoyed the warm up! Today was going to be a good day! We headed into Bastard Falls filled with excitement at the 100 feet per mile plunge. We, however, manager to nick the first rock wrong and the raft flipped. Suddenly the raft capsized on top of us "swimming" down Bastard. We had both been dumped before, but that 100 feet per mile plunge and the washing machine holes waiting at the bottom took on a new meaning. I wish I could tell you that on this dump, I remained calm. But I didn't; actually neither of us did. We both said the raft capsizing somehow gave us a panicked start. We both said we managed to calm some, and as water does what water does, the raft moved off from on top of us. I remembered feet up and nose up...and OPEN my eyes. I flashback to hearing Tommy reminding us that a lot of people don't open their eyes to see the directions being given to them at just the right moment, so thankful for that tip, I forced my eyes open quick. Chad and myself both popped up to the fast moving water whipping over our faces trying to force them our eyes closed and we could feel the rocks at the bottom reminding us why our feet better stay facing up! We could not see our raft as we were tossed up and down and I was trying to right my thoughts as I took in water; the other rafts looked far away. I scanned the "horizon" as best as I could see as I tried to remember which way Todd advised us to stay away from - and tried to figure out which way I was traveling. Water kept splashing over my head again and again and I took in more water as I saw Ryan on the kayak paddling towards me instructing me to grab the kayak. I was able to snag that handle and then Ryan pulled me towards Blake's raft and they pulled me in! Chad was able to swim over to the raft and they pulled him in as well. Rescued! We all needed a moment, because Bastard Falls lived up to it's name! This was the first dump we took where we both felt we panicked in the beginning… and consequently where we both have taken in the most water. After a breather, we happily barreled through Charlie's Choice, Triple Drop and National Falls and enjoyed the rides. Tommy's raft excitedly did some "surfing" at National Falls and it was an amazing surf to watch! Securely spectating in our raft, we watched as our friends each slowly got thrown, one by one... and Tommy held onto that raft like a cowboy would a bucking bronco for quite some time before he had to bail to get out of the surf. He hit that sweet spot just right! I wish we had a go-pro or a cameraman videoing that moment, because it was quite the skill to watch him riding that wave! Our friends, the "newbies" had taken on a cool surf and we told them they earned some “we’re badass” patches with that move! We carried on from this great surf experience through Little Niagara and then to Heinzerlig. There was a tree down on the left hand side so the guides said the best choice was remaining right, so off we went listening to the Heinzerlig story as we approached. Initially we started a little more towards the middle and had to popcorn ourselves off a rock and set ourselves back up more to the right. Bill Heinzerlig was no joke, and we enjoyed the ride on his rapid! Meat Clever we did not go through as gracefully as Tommy and Blake’s raft, but we did make it through with a sweet ride and then we powered on to Lost and Found. (The next part we have tried to remember specifically what happened on which fall....and while we both remember the events, I hope we have the rapids right for this story/review. The guides referred to the rapid I'm going to discuss at length as Boulder Falls.... upon looking up as much information on the Upper Yough as I could, I think this is actually F'up Falls or Lost and Found? So I'm going to go ahead with my story as such - that Boulder Falls is F'up Falls/Lost and Found, and if I'm mis-speaking I apologize...there was nothing for "Boulder Falls" anywhere. But we both remember Heinzerlig and this story did not take place there, and we remember Meat Clever...so logic places us at Lost and Found) As we entered Lost and Found, we just didn't hit the line quite right from the start and were immediately tossed. This time, Chad was tossed close to the kayak and Tommy’s raft and they immediately moved towards him and pulled him in as Ryan turned his kayak and began racing towards me. The quick moving waters took me again this time but I found myself much calmer than before. I remembered to hold my breath better and did not panic as I was tossed around. The first swim at Bastard felt different... it was more... sharp, quick, shallow? At Bastard, I had felt tossed up and down much faster, with no sense as to when to catch my breath and then I'd quickly go under and pop back up, and I felt all the sharp rocks looming underneath me as I skid across them keeping everything up. This time, when I was thrown, it felt….more powerful, but also slower and….bigger? As I came up the first time, I immediately opened my eyes and thought quickly feet up, nose up, look around. I saw Ryan kayaking towards me and I was able to control my breathing better...almost as though I could tell when the water was going to come over my face to hold it and when I could gasp in between better. Ryan kept paddling as quick as he could, instructing me to swim towards him and grab the kayak, but it just was not happening. The water was flexing it's control and power and carrying me quicker than either of us could manage to move. Blake told me afterwards he was trying his hardest to figure out where to throw a line but every scenario he saw would have me as a pendulum to the rocks if he did. (there was photographic evidence of super Blake on the lookout from our pictures!) As I struggled towards Ryan and he struggled towards me, I saw him look up and then at me as I took in his words, "Shannon, take a deep breath and hold it NOW" and I could tell from his instructions that he really meant…NOW (maybe even two seconds ago?). Thanks to his instructions and all the safety talk, somehow I went very calm... took a deep breath and held it... and let the water take me. I remember being tossed strongly almost like when surfing a giant wave in the ocean and crashing against something that in my mind I think slowed me down and then made me pop back up to the surface, catapulting to the side. I popped up and saw four kayaks paddling towards me quick as they could manage yelling "Swim, girl... swim!!!!!" "Grab my kayak now," "swim, swim hard," "hurry, hurry, kick kick, get over here.” I grabbed onto a blue kayak and kicked so hard I could have given Michael Phelps a run for his money. He pulled me to a shallow rock and his friends brought me my paddle and water shoes as my group joined me. I took some deep breaths, coughing out some water and smiled in disbelief at that swim. The one guy said I hit the large rock pretty darn hard and asked if I was sure I was ok. I laughed and said, "yeah, that's what slowed me down so I could get to you, I think it's my friend! So no harm, no foul on that boulder" The rescuers made sure I was okay and with my group and headed on their way. I don't even know if I was able to properly thank them. So quick side note.... I have learned on the river, everyone is friends... and some of you know each other well. If you happen to have been on the Upper Yough on 5/31 and saw my rescue or participated in it or know who did, please extend my gratitude to the rescue... and the return of my shoes and your paddle! Thank you so much to my kayak friends! After those two swims, I would be a liar if I told you I wasn't a little worn out. I was still ready to go, still enjoying the river and rafting; but I was also at the in between of the adrenaline high and the adrenaline weary. I will also be honest enough to say, I stepped back into the raft a little more timidly as we headed on. Please know, the timidness was not out of fear. It was more out of respect for everything that is the river. The power, the movement, the guides, the rafters and kayakers, the community of the river, the beauty and power of it all; all of it suddenly was an emotion on my chest that I was finishing the ride with as we headed to finish our Upper Yough adventure. And this was not our first time on the Upper Yough, so it made it even sweeter of an emotion. How one ride is one experience, and the next reminds you who is boss and who you can depend on, who is your community, who is “good people” just the circle of it all. We paddled on down towards Cheeseburger Falls and I realized the guides were worried about me this time. They wanted to make sure I was ok and to reassure me moving forward. I tried to reassure them back that I was good. This is rafting. For the dry days or the swimming days, for the easy day or the hard, I love to raft and know to expect…. that the decision on how it will go is bigger than you or me, it’s the decision of the river. We signed up for this, and we have love it; tossed and swimming... or not! With Cheeseburger and Backender behind us, we glided on down to the last big rapid, Double Pencil Sharpener. Tommy said, "this is it Shannon, the last big one" and I took it as he was trying to reassure me that I made it to the end in a sweet way. I wanted him to know, I'd go back and do the whole trip again, but I appreciated the reassurance at the same time. I offered to go back and do a double upper and he kindly chuckled at my crazy. To say that we had an amazing experience is an understatement. We, as a group, wanted to collectively offer many praises to White Water Adventurers and their guides, Tommy, Blake and Todd and our "emergency kayaker" Ryan. This team took on all of the guides tasks so well; the river knowledge, the people skills, they got to know us, shared some stories, formed us into teams, motivated us together they helped us learn how to be safe, always worked towards us being safe but had fun…… and when we were swimming, they were spot on with rescue aide and instructions. They really were an awesome team and made our adventure even better. I hold strong and firm that Tommy giving us the new tip to also open our eyes helped me out immensely when I swam (and the feet up, nose up instructions - so vital!)... and for new rafters – his safety instructions were spot on; he took his time, explained, demonstrated and made time for questions. He covered everything we needed to know and then everything we used for our swims. Also – the moment where Ryan told me take a deep breath and hold it will be plastered in my brain with this experience for a lifetime. I truly believe that moment and his instructions made my next "tumble" underwater so much better than it could have been... and my rescue after possible. I am very thankful these two were part of my "rescue team" and know without a shadow of a doubt that they did everything right from start to finish and made me safe again as quickly as they could. Many kudos also to Blake for trying to figure out where to throw me a line…and thank you for not doing it and making me a pendulum. Last, thank you to Todd for being our guide and rescuing our raft each time as was tossed with us. Without righting himself and the raft, we would have had a different experience finishing our day. We would let them guide us down a river again anyday! Thank you all! We had an amazing day, an amazing adventure, and met some amazing people on 5/31. Thank you for taking us to experience the Upper Youghiogheny! 5 STARS all the way! 2 thumbs all the way up (and all my toes up)
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Date of experience: May 2021
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