Now here’s where things get really interesting. Team rafting can be one of the most exhilirating sports on the planet, mostly because of the unpredictable nature of the trip. You might be able to trust your instincts, but how about relying on those of your team mates to get the job done?
It’s important to form a team that can rely on each other – you’ll all have skills and knowledge unique to you, so play to each other’s strengths. If a couple of your team are great oarsmen, then give them control of the oars. When Jackson’s rafting with a team, he’ll rotate roles between steering and instructing at the rear of the raft. The latter role isn’t always necessary, but if you have a team of 5 or more people, it’s important to keep the group focussed on the task at hand.
A team will work much more efficiently if their roles suit their skills. Left handed rowers should focus on steering the left side of the raft and the same should apply to right handed rowers. If your raft is single file, then ensure that your rowers have paddles that reflect their dexterity.
During a rafting session, it’s easy to lose focus and end up all over the place, so be sure to work cohesively as a team and tackle each bend, angle and slope together to progress the course safely and efficiently.