After a scenic bus ride to our launching point, we begin with a safety talk and paddling instructions. Here, you meet your guides and receive your lifejackets and paddles. Once on the water, you have a few minutes to practice your paddling skills so that everyone feels comfortable before beginning the adventure. Within the first half-mile of your trip, the excitement begins. Tension builds as you hear the raging waters of Meatgrinder Rapid, Triple Threat, Racehorse Bend and Trouble Maker which are just a few of the rapids that are sure to get your heart pounding. Then enjoy a leisurely float through historic Coloma, site of Sutter’s Mill, where gold was discovered in 1848, starting the great California Gold Rush of 1849. In fact, you are likely to see folks panning for gold here along the river even today. At the take-out, our friendly shuttle drivers await with cold beverages for the short ride back to your vehicles, where you will arrive at approximately 12:00. (Please be aware that a variety of factors can cause a trip to end earlier or later than planned. Take this into consideration when making your travel plans.)
Well trained guides, Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices, paddles, specialized professional whitewater rafts, shuttle service, beverages and snacks at the end of the trip.
All river trips involve some risk and we recognize that accidents or illnesses can occur. We assume no responsibility for injury, damage or loss of your personal property, or for time and expense incurred. All participants will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release form before the rafting trip begins. We require every minor participating in a trip without a legal guardian present to bring a form pre-signed by his or her legal guardian. We ask that each participant be both physically and mentally prepared for the rafting trip. Each participant must notify us prior to a trip of any medical conditions, i.e., lifethreatening allergic reactions and prescribed medications for severe physical conditions, etc. We reserve the right to turn away anyone we feel will jeopardize his or her own safety or the safety of other passengers and guides. The river is not a place for drugs or alcohol. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone under the influence of such substances that will hinder his or her performance and jeopardize personal safety or safety of others. There are no refunds for cancellations made for this reason.
Clients often ask us if tipping the guides is appropriate. Although our staff is well compensated for their services, if you feel they went that extra distance to make your trip special, a tip is a great way of showing your appreciation, as in any other service industry.
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