Classes of white water rivers , creeks, streams

Classifications of Rivers For White Water Rafting Tours


White water classifications / International Scale of River Difficulty ;

Grade 1: Very small rough areas, might require slight maneuvering. (Skill Level: Very Basic)
Grade 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering.(Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill)
Grade 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering.(Skill Level: Experienced paddling skills)
Grade 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill Level: Whitewater Experience)
Grade 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering (Skill Level: Advanced Whitewater Experience)
Grade 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. Traversing a Class 6 rapid has a dramatically increased likelihood of ending in serious injury or death compared to lesser classes. (Skill Level: Successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury or death is widely considered to be a matter of great luck or extreme skill).

Classifications of Rivers For White Water Rafting Tours ;
CLASS I   : Easy moving water with a few riffles and small waves.
CLASS II  : Small to medium rapids with waves up to three feet high, some obvious obstacles to maneuver around.
CLASS III : Medium to moderate difficult rapids with high irregular waves, narrow channels, rocks and holes, some maneuvering required.
CLASS IV : Difficult to very difficult ; long turbulent rapids with powerful waves and holes, many obstacles requiring precise maneuvering.
CLASS V  : Extremely difficult; long violent rapids that must be scouted from shore, dangerous drops, unstable eddys, irregular currents
CLASS VI : Unrunnable

 

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