River Rafting Levittown PA

Local resource for river rafting in Levittown. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to whitewater rafting, river kayaking, river guides, rafting lessons, kayaking lessons, river tours and rafting tours, as well as advice and content on rafts, kayaking and water sports.

Pocono School of Sailing
(570) 857-9050
Lighthouse Harbor Marina,Rt. 507
Newtown, PA
 
Nockamixon Sailing School
(215) 499-0335
311 Society Place
Newtown, PA
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 396-1800
US-1 &Bristol Rd
Bensalem, PA
Hours
10:00AM- 9:00PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
11:00AM - 6:00PM SUNDAY

Sports Authority
(609) 243-8997
3360 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 442-7070
962 West Street Road
Warminster, PA
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Liberty Sailing School of Philadelphia
(215) 923-SAIL
303 N. Front Street
Newtown, PA
 
Sports Authority
(215) 946-2434
2375 E. Lincoln Highway
Langhorne, PA
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 824-3900
1280 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA
Hours
10:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
11:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Modell's Sporting Goods
(609) 581-5976
350 Marketplace Blvd
Hamilton, NJ
Hours
9:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 8:00PM SUNDAY

Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 331-9439
2329 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Hours
9:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

River Safety: Where do we draw the line?

River Safety: Where do we draw the line?


Rafting in Montana Spring is full of paradoxes. After interminable gray skies and snowy hillsides, the days get longer and the nights warmer. Rivers begin to rise. Driveways and car racks fill up with dusty boats as anxious boaters prepare for the season. However, despite the cumulative human desire to have the cold days behind us, and to launch our boats on swollen rivers, spring is not summer.

As was the case last May on the Gallatin River in Montana. The river had risen after a few warm days. Overnight, once vacant put-ins were populated with eager kayakers, rafters, and canoers. However, as any veteran of western Montana knows, a warm day in May can include snow flurries and freezing temperatures.

While teaching a Swift Water Rescue course, a cold front moved in and the snow began to fly. Participants in the course would swim the river, and quickly huddle beneath a tarp to keep out of the wind as we discussed rescue techniques. Fortunately, most participants had drysuits on, and their discomfort was just that, discomfort, and did not pose a significant risk to life or limb.

As we clamored in and out of the icy river, I noticed a group preparing their raft for a float down the Gallatin. I began to assess their preparedness. I watched as they inflated their raft. It was an older bucket boat, but appeared to be in good repair, and seemed adequate for the class III-IV float they were about to embark upon. I watched inquisitively as they placed three raft paddles and one kayak paddle into the boat--I had not seen a kayak. I was amazed that during this process the group remained in their shorts and flip-flops. Perhaps I was jealous of their thick Montana skin as I shivered from the cold. The group leader then changed into a wetsuit and donned his PFD.

I lost track of them for a time as we continued our class. When next I noticed them, they were preparing to launch. The leader, a middle aged man who I assumed was the father of the three teenagers carrying the boat, was carrying the kayak paddle and wore the wetsuit. The teenagers, however, were in cotton T-shirts and shorts with horseshoe PFD's on!

It was now clear to me that these people had no idea what they were getting into. Boat flips and unexpected swims are common on the Gallatin at that level. Even if they had great lines--which seemed unlikely judging from their gear (kayak paddle, older boat, horse-shoe PFD's)--they would still be getting splashed by 35 degree water in a snow storm. No matter how warm blooded they were, hypothermia was going to be a companion on their rafting trip.

Here was my problem. The river ethic I had been taught, included freedom. Freedom for every boater to make choices on how they want to pursue their adventure, and freedom from others telling them how to do it. The river is a frontier, a wilderness, a place to escape the rules of society and immerse yourself in the laws of nature.
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