White-water rafting

Includes: rafting Outdoors, Adventurous, Sports, Water

Activity time:
1 meeting


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A thrilling ride

High adrenaline white-water rafting takes place on beautiful rivers in the UK and around the world. Although, if you're just looking to get your girls' hearts pumping, you could give artificial rapids a try.


White-water rafting uses an inflatable raft to navigate flowing bodies of water - such as rivers.

To take girls rafting, you will need to find a reputable local provider with suitably qualified instructors.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

When offering this activity to participants under the age of 18 the provider must be licenced by the Adventurous Activities Licencing Authority.

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure.

AALA and the above endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

Instructors should hold the qualification applicable to the nature of the activity from one of the following:

British Canoing (BCU)

Scottish Rafting Association

If alternative qualifications are held, please seek advice from your Outdoor Activities Adviser or contact [email protected] to ensure the instructor’s qualification is appropriate to the nature of the activity.

White-water rafting must be carried out using purpose-built white water rafts and there must be at least two white water rafts or one white water raft plus a support canoe or kayak.

To do white water rafting, girls must be able to:

  • swim 50 metres
  • keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.

Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.

Include all: If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.

The Leader must:

  • make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
  • make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
  • follow water safety guidance and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.

Water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.

Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.

See our guidance on water activities.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities