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If your idea of fun is racing down a raging river in a nearly uncontrollable raft, than you must put on a helmet before you even step foot into the boat. Rafting helmets, like bike helmets, are made of hard plastic shells that cover dense foam inner shells. Rafting helmets, however, cover more of the ears and the back of the head than bike helmets, and are painted in bright, highly visible colors so that anyone who has gone overboard can be easily found. Rapids, the highlight of rafting, are created by submerged or partially submerged rocks, some of which cannot be seen. These rocks can easily knock one unconscious and cause massive head injury, a bad combination when swiftly moving water is thrown into the equation. All rafting guide services provide helmets, and employees will ensure a good fit. If your company does not take helmets seriously, seek another service. If you are rafting using your own equipment, apart from a tour company, do yourself a favor: wear a helmet.

Rafting: to transport in the form of or by means of a raft

Rafting is a recreational activity or sport in which one has to navigate a river or other bodies of water on a raft. The most popular variety is whitewater rafting, a thrilling and challenging activity on performed on rough water.

Rafting can be very dangerous. Over the years, knowledge and expertise of this sport have increased and most places require certification of outfitters, rafts, and raft leaders. Before most trips, there is a safety presentation and equipment check; it is IMPERATIVE that you wear all the necessary protective gear, especially a reliable life jacket and helmet.

MomsTeam's goal is to provide comprehensive information on rafting: advice on the equipment needed and how to buy it, a primer on the rules of the sport, and videos and advice from experts, parents, and manufacturers of rafting gear.

But to do that we are going to need your help. If you are a parent of a child who rafts or has rafted, we hope you will share what you have learned with other MomsTeam parents. Please consider writing a blog, contributing an article, posting on and/or hosting a Forum, or becoming a rafting expert. If you know of someone who used to raft or coach rafting who has knowledge to share, ask him or her to join. Together we can make MomsTeam a true community of sports parents!

-Brooke de Lench - MomsTeam Founder

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