RVA PADDLESPORTS RAFTING FAQ
How long is the Lower James rafting trip?
Barring the unexpected, we will aim to be off the water around three hours after our meet-up time. 1 ½-2 hours on the water with time allotted for shuttle, and safety talk.
What should I wear?
Swimwear, Sport Sandals, or shoes that attach to your feet (no flip-flops), SUNSCREEN, and it’s always a good idea to bring a change of clothes just in case.
Can I take my phone/camera?
In the interest of getting the most out of your rafting trip experience, we discourage the use of phones! We do, however, have Go Pro mounts for helmets. It is also totally okay to bring a waterproof camera. And of course, if you do decide to bring loose items on the boat, you do so at your own risk.
What if I have medications I need to take with me?
No problem! The guide will have a drybag where you can keep any personal or medical items for the trip.
Is there a weight limit/minimum?
Rafters must be at least 45 lbs. There is no set weight limit but anyone over 300 lbs. should call and check with us before booking! All rafters must be able to fit in our lifejackets.
What’s the cancellation policy?
Changes to your booking between 48 hours and 24 hours will incur a $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee. Cancelling within 24 hours, patrons will be responsible for the full cost of the trip but are free to transfer to another date for a $50 fee.
What if it rains?
As you may already know, the weather in Virginia can be unpredictable but it also tends to be short-lived, so we don’t often cancel for rain. Our guides and management are trained to do their job in many different kinds of weather conditions. We will always make a decision in the best interest of the participants and our staff. So, unless we anticipate extended severe weather, plan to enjoy some quality time on the water! If we cancel a trip due to weather, we will notify you and provide the option of a full refund or booking a different date at no cost. For customer concerns, due to weather, please see our cancellation policy.
What safety equipment is provided?
We provide a helmet, a life jacket, and experienced guides!
How do we decide which part of the river to run?
If you’re looking for relaxing, scenic paddling, we recommend the Upper James!
If adventure and up to class IV rapids is what you’re after, we suggest you tackle the Lower James.
Is this safe?
In the case of all outdoor sports, there are inherent risks. We
How early should I book?
We recommend booking a week in advance for staffing purposes and to ensure you get on the water on the dates that work best for you!
How young is too young?
On the Upper James Rafting trip, the youngest age we are able to take is four years old.
On the Lower James Rafting trip, the youngest age we are able to take is eight years old.
And again, all rafters must be at least 45 lbs
What if I fall out of the boat?
In our safety talks before the trip, we provide training on what to do if you fall out of the boat.