River Rafting Valrico FL

Local resource for river rafting in Valrico. 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.

Jean Gilbert
(813) 258-4041
P. O. Box 18652
Tampa, FL
Agency
Travel Services Unlimited, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Asia-Central Asia, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Asia-Southeast Asia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Family Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Incentive Travel, Luxury Travel, Spa / Fitness
Website
travelservicesunltd.vacation.com

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Sports Authority
(813) 632-9091
1730 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Tammy Weiler
877-765-6874 x703
7491 N Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL
Agency
Beverly Hills Travel & Cruises, Inc.dba Singles Travel International
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Asia-Central Asia, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Asia-Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Art & Culture / Music, Bicycle, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Eco-Tourism, Golf & Tennis, Great Outdoors, Luxury Travel, National Parks, Rafting, Safari, Senior / Mature Adult, Singles, Spa / Fitness
Website
www.singlestravelintl.com

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Gerald Chait
(904) 280-9979
191 San Juan Dr
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Agency
GLC Associates
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Antarctica/Arctic Region, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Middle East, Asia-Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Amusement / Theme Parks, Art & Antiques, Art & Culture / Music, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Bicycle, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Destination Weddings, Educational, Family Travel, Fishing / Hunting, Golf & Tennis, Government Travel, Honeymoon, Incentive Travel, Lifestyle / Family / Specialty, Luxury Travel, Meeting Planning / Events, National Parks, Rail, Safari, Senior / Mature Adult
Website
www.glcassociates.travel

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Bob Robar
(352) 376-8100
4061-20 Nw 43Rd St
Gainesville, FL
Agency
Travel Centre of Gainesville, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Canada, Caribbean, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Amusement / Theme Parks, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Corporate / Government, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Educational, Family Fun, Family Travel, Government Travel, Historical, Honeymoon, Luxury Travel, Motorcoach / Bus, Meeting Planning / Events, National Parks, Rafting, Rail, Religious, Reunions, Senior / Mature Adult, Singles, Ski / WinterSports, Spa / Fitness, Student / Youth, Women's Travel
Website
www.travelcentre.com

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Sports Authority
(813) 654-7500
Lake Brandon Village, 11335 Causeway Boulevard
Brandon, FL
Services
Golf Day Shop, 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
(813) 282-1180
4900 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL
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.

Christine Ranum
(407) 517-4705
424 E Central Blvd #367
Orlando, FL
Agency
Thornton Park Travel
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Asia-Central Asia, Middle East, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Art & Antiques, Art & Culture / Music, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Family Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Honeymoon, Luxury Travel, Rafting, Senior / Mature Adult, Singles, Ski / WinterSports, Spa / Fitness, Sports / Exercise, Women's Travel
Website
www.thorntonparktravel.com

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Nanci Londeree
(407) 648-9390
4201 Vineland Rd Ste I-8
Orlando, FL
Agency
Windermere Travel
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Antarctica/Arctic Region, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Asia-Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Amusement / Theme Parks, Archeology, Art & Culture / Music, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Bicycle, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Disabled / Accessible, Eco-Tourism, Educational, Family Fun, Family Travel, Fishing / Hunting, Gay & Lesbian, Golf & Tennis, Great Outdoors, Historical, Honeymoon, Incentive Travel, Lifestyle / Family / Specialty, Luxury Travel, Motorcoach / Bus, Meeting Planning / Events, Music & Performing Art
Website
www.windermeretravel.com

Data Provided By:
Jean Gilbert
(813) 258-4041
P. O. Box 18652
Tampa, FL
Agency
Travel Services Unlimited, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Asia-Central Asia, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Asia-Southeast Asia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Business Travel, Castles / Villas, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Family Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Incentive Travel, Luxury Travel, Spa / Fitness
Website
travelservicesunltd.vacation.com

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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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