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Frequently Asked Rafting Questions

If this is your first time whitewater rafting, you probably have a lot of questions. We have assembled the most commonly asked questions that our staff receives, so you can review at your leisure. Please give us a call if you have any other questions, or if there is anything else we can do to make your raft trip with KODI easy and stress-free.

Visit our Raft Trip Planner for help finding the right trip for your group or family.

Here are some common questions you may have and we have done our best to provide you with the information you will need.

  1. Why choose KODI Rafting for your family raft trip?
  2. We’ve never rafted before. Is a full day trip too much?
  3. What trip should we choose?
  4. Does KODI offer transportation?
  5. What should we wear?
  6. What about kids? Which trips can they go on?
  7. Do we all have to go on the same trip
  8. How experienced is your staff?
  9. I have special dietary needs. Can you help?
  10. Are reservations required?
  11. Can I bring my camera?
  12. When should we arrive for our trip?
  13. What if the weather is bad?
  14. What’s for lunch?
  15. Are there any additional charges?
  16. Are gratuities acceptable?
  17. How many people go in each raft?
  18. Is rafting safe?
  19. Should we choose a paddle boat or an oar boat?
  20. What do the ratings Class I – Class VI mean?
  21. What is your cancellation policy?

Q: Why Choose KODI Rafting?
A: KODI Rafting prides itself on providing family fun, exciting and adventurous trips for all of its guests with the highest level of customer service possible. From mild float trips on the Upper Colorado River to class II-IV whitewater on Clear Creek, Ten Mile Creek and The Arkansas, we can help select the perfect trip for you. We are not a huge company – we’ve grown slowly, and that’s the way we want to keep it so that our guests get personalized attention every step of the way. Owners Dave and Amy McGrath are committed to facilitating safe exploration of Colorado’s rivers with an emphasis on the safety of customers. They believe in providing KODI guests with a safe and exciting whitewater experience and would love to show you the time of your life.

Q: We’ve never rafted before. Is a full day trip too much?

A: No way! Most of our full day trips get you on the water about 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., and you are off the river by about 3:30 p.m. And that includes about an hour for lunch in-between. A full day trip is the best way to truly enjoy the beauty and excitement of the river.

Q: What raft trip should we choose?

A: When choosing a trip for you and your group, you’ll need to take into consideration the level of adventure for your group and minimum ages for a start. The Trip Planner can assist in picking a level of trip and narrow down sections and rivers that allow children under 14, 12, and 7, or you may simply contact our reservations specialists at 877-747-7238 (RAFT) for help. When booking a trip please be realistic as to everyone’s ability within your group.

Q: Does KODI Rafting offer transportation?

A: Yes KODI does provide transportation to and from the river from each designated outpost, however, if you are looking for a lift from your condo or hotel we can usually arrange a shuttle for an additional fee.

Q: What should we wear?

A: Avoid cotton, jeans & long pants if possible. Comfortable, quick-drying clothing is best. Any outdoor gear, such as neoprene, polypropylene, wool, or fleece is best. You’ll also want to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and tennis shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) or rubber-soled attachable (no flip-flops or Croc’s) sport sandals. KODI Rafting also offers wetsuits, booties and splash tops. Wetsuits are farmer johns, and a splash top is a heavy duty rain jacket designed for the river. On our full day trips, wetsuits rent for $10, booties for $5 and splash tops for $5; or you can do the full set up for $17. On half day trips, wetsuits rent for $5, splash tops for $3 and booties for $3; or the full set up goes for $10.

Q: What about kids? Which trips can they go on?

A: A raft trip with your children has a special meaning for the entire family. We can specially design a trip for your family or youth group, with special meals and staff just for children. We have minimum age requirements for all of our trips. Please click on the The Trip Planner to find trips that are best for youngsters.

Q: Do we all have to go on the same trip?

A: Having the whole family together on a trip can be very rewarding. But if you’ve got a variety of ages and tastes in your family and not everyone wants to do the same thing, we can arrange different trips for different family members.

Q: How experienced is your staff?

A: KODI Rafting’s staff has years of experience guiding guests down the rivers of Arizona, Colorado, California, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mexico, Costa Rica and more. All of our guides have gone through an extensive training program required by the State of Colorado and we believe that training doesn’t just stop because regulations say so. We continue to have training exercises throughout the season. All full time guides are strongly encouraged to participate in a swiftwater rescue and recovery class.

Q: I have special dietary needs. Can you help?

A: Yes! Just tell our reservations agent about your needs and we will be happy to cater to them.

Q: Are reservations required?

A: Reservations are not required, but highly recommended. A reservation will guarantee that we can get you on the trip you want, when you want it. Walk-ins are always welcome based on availability.

Q: Can I bring my camera?

A: If it is not waterproof, we highly recommend that you don’t bring it along. It will get as wet as you do. On most rivers, there is also a photo company that will provide digital photos of you going through a rapid on the river. These photos are generally available at our outpost after the trip, and if not at our outpost you can view your photos online at a later date.

Q: When should we arrive for our trip?

A: We ask that you arrive at your designated Outpost 30 minutes prior to the trip departure time.

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: All of our trips leave as scheduled, rain or shine. In extreme circumstances, KODI may alter the scheduled trip.

Q: What’s for lunch?

A: You’ll be able to enjoy a hot pasta lunch on all of our full day trips. Along with the cheese tortellini, your riverside lunch will also include a veggie platter for an appetizer. The tortellini is accompanied by either a tomato based or pesto sauce, bread sticks and cole slaw. We’ll also have lemonade and water available for you to quench your thirst, and don’t worry, we’ll pack the cookies for dessert.

Q: Are there any additional charges?

A: Yes. There is a 9% land and water fee that is added to each trip. Also guide gratuities, photos from your trip, and optional rental equipment are not included in the trip price.

Q: Are gratuities acceptable?

A: Yes, gratuities for guides are acceptable and always greatly appreciated.

Q: How many people go in each raft?

A: This really depends on the river and trip that you choose. KODI Rafting uses different sized boats for different rivers so the number of rafters per boat does vary. Most rafts will however sit seven guests plus the guide.

Q: Is rafting safe?

A: Whitewater rafting, like any outdoor adventure activity does pose inherent risks. Although safety cannot be guaranteed, all of the staff at KODI Rafting make your safety our number one priority and concern with fun coming in a close second.

Q: Should we choose a paddle boat or an oar boat?

A: Choosing which way to go down the river is dependent upon how much interaction you and your group are looking for. If you are looking for a relaxing day in the outdoors, an oar boat (where the guide does all the rowing) is the best bet. If your are looking for a challenge and want to be a part of a team that maneuvers the raft through the rapids, then a paddle boat is what you’re looking for. Something in between relaxing and challenging? Then try the paddle assist.

For safety reasons, most children under the age of 12 will need to hang on and not paddle due to their size.

Q: What do the ratings Class I – Class VI mean?

A: Rivers and the individual rapids on rivers are rated on a scale of difficulty from Class I to Class VI.

Class I – Easy. Moving water with no significant waves or obstacles.
Class II – Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Rapids are regular, and occasional maneuvering may be required.
Class III – Irregular waves and narrow channels. Maneuvering is often required.
Class IV – Intense, powerful rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Quick and complex maneuvering is often needed.
Class V – Extremely long, obstructed, and very violent rapids. Drops are large with unavoidable waves making maneuvering very difficult, and moves must be precise.
Class VI – Virtually impassable. Extreme difficulty, unpredictability and danger. Consequences of errors are severe.
*The rivers we run vary in difficulty depending on river flow. In general spring snowmelt brings higher water and higher levels of difficulty; as water levels recede throughout the summer, our rivers generally become slightly less difficult.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: If a reservation is cancelled prior to 14 days before your scheduled trip, a $10/person administrative fee is charged. Within 14 days, guests are subject to a 50% charge. As rafting trips require advanced preparation, no refunds will be given for cancellations made within 1 week of scheduled trip.

If a group cancels within 30 days of your trip, a 50% refund is given. Full payment for groups of 10 or more is due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip. There are no refunds for cancellations of groups of 10 or more within 2 weeks of your scheduled trip.


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