River Rafting Riverdale GA

Local resource for river rafting in Riverdale. 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.

Paul Henry
(404) 377-2274
405 Lakeshore Dr Ne
Atlanta, GA
Agency
Axess Associates
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Eco-Tourism, Family Travel, Gay & Lesbian, National Parks, Rail, Religious, Safari, Spa / Fitness, Women's Travel
Website
www.travelaxess.com

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Sports Authority
(770) 719-8883
Fayetteville Pavilion, 121 Pavilion Parkway
Fayetteville, GA
Services
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.

Paul Henry
(404) 377-2274
405 Lakeshore Dr Ne
Atlanta, GA
Agency
Axess Associates
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Eco-Tourism, Family Travel, Gay & Lesbian, National Parks, Rail, Religious, Safari, Spa / Fitness, Women's Travel
Website
www.travelaxess.com

Data Provided By:
Dunbar Sails
(912) 638-8573
Golden Isles Marina,115 Marina Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA
 
Lord Nelson Charters
(770) 271-1888
6950 Holiday Road
Buford, GA
 
Sports Authority
(770) 478-1590
1987 Mt. Zion Road
Morrow, GA
Services
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.

Sports Authority
(404) 814-0710
S.W. of Lenox Square Mall, 3221 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA
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.

Ella Grondahl
(706) 549-1164
697 S Milledge Ave
Athens, GA
Agency
Global Escapes
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Australia / New Zealand, Caribbean, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii
Specialities
Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Destination Weddings, Educational, Family Fun, Family Travel, Honeymoon, Luxury Travel, Safari, Scuba Diving, Ski / WinterSports, Spa / Fitness, Women's Travel
Website
www.globalescapes.com

Data Provided By:
Windsong Sailing Academy
(770) 931-9151
3966 Secluded Circle S.W.
Lilburn, GA
 
Lanier Sailing Academy
(256) 825-...
Lanier Sailing Academy - Atlanta,6920 Holiday Road - Holiday Marina,X Dock
Buford, GA
 
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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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