We arrived in good timing, but went to the wrong car park [we were supposed to go to the one next to it, but this was not clear], but this was easily found after a quick phone call. We were then taken to a funny hut (13:50) which had been divided into changing rooms, and were given item after item (wetsuit, 2 pairs of socks, waterproof shoes, 2 jackets, a life jacket and a helmet), and it took forever to get dressed. The clothing was slightly uncomfortable, but it was ok. We then waited for a while, signed some forms and headed a few miles up to the road on a truck. We then had to walk for a very long time, carrying the bulky rings - we were told that it would be a 10 minute walk, but it was actually closer to half an hour.
When we got to the right point on the river, the instructor explained how to sit and paddle, and then we finally got into the water - I was astonished that it was already 15:35 at this stage, given that it was advertised as starting at 14:00.
I was slightly disappointed that we could only go one at a time for most of it, and that we kept stopping, as I imagined 2 hours of solid riding, but it was very fun when we were riding, especially the rapids, although on one of them I fell out of the ring for most of it, and the currents seemed to almost drown me at a deep bit.
At one point, we climbed up a rock and jumped off it, several metres, into a deep bit of river below - this was rather thrilling.
I was slightly puzzled when we came out of the water at 16:55, 1 hour and 20 minutes after getting in, rather than 2 hours, but then again nothing seemed to run to time, so take any timings that they state with a pinch of salt!
At the end, it was nice that we finished off near to the truck to be driven back to the hut.
It would have been nice if there were showers at the hut, but you can't have it all!
Then the instructor made an effort to take photos and videos when we were going down, and offered us a memory stick with some photos and videos on it for £7.50, when we presented our own, he let us have them for free, which was a bonus.
Overall, I would recommend this as a thrilling activity for all ages, and it should be noted that although I did everything, everything is optional [there are always ways to avoid anything that you don't want to do], so no need to shy off booking over 1 or 2 little things.
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