My friends and I decided to challenge ourselves and try white water rafting. I had recently lost weight so thought I needed to reward myself as well as try something really new and out of my comfort zone. It was the best half day of my life. The whole day was run extremely well. The staff were very friendly and approachable as well as professional. They made it really fun but you knew they knew their job. Each stage was explained to us and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Once we were in the river and ready to go after a training session I was apprehensive but Roddy our guide on our raft was very reassuraing and patient with me and said you will be fine. I am in the 50 yr age group so was worried about moving quickly enough when asked. I did it and I survived and I had such a great time. There is nothing to compare to actually going down rapids in a raft and actually paddling and riding those waves!! It was awesome. Safety was a huge thing and every step of the way they took time to explain what was happening next and what we just did and also taught us heaps about the surrounding terrain and environment.
At one point I did fall out of the raft which was a bit scary but I knew what to do because I had been told what I needed to do. My friend was worried but knew that Roddy was taking the situation very seriously and watching for me to come up which I did in about 7 sec and he grabbed me and I was back in the boat in no time. I was empowered by the whole experience -doing rapids swimming in the deep pools even falling overboard because I was fine. I did it!!!!
I felt so happy and positive after this experience I would love to do it again or do something else that will challenge me.
Thanks to all the team of 3 great leaders who took us up the river that day. You are all great guys so strong and capable.
Also thanks to the guy who drove the bus and took the great photos of all of us.
I will talk about this day for a long time and will always remember the day I conquered the rapids of the Barron River Cairns.
Thanks heaps sal
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