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White-water rafting is an exciting way to see the great outdoors while testing your strength and ability to think on your feet. It's also a great way to meet new people, and learn how to work as part of a team. If everyone pulls together, the accomplishments are greater—so get out and conquer that river!

White-water rafting takes place on a river, but not just any river will do—it has to have rapids. Rapids occur where the water moves very quickly downhill over rocks or boulders. To the experts, rapids are classified on a scale of 1-6. Class 1 rapids are small with low waves, a slow current, and no obstructions in the water, while Class 6 rapids can have large, frequent waves that are often unavoidable, and in some cases, you may even have to navigate a waterfall! Class 6 rapids are extremely difficult and almost impossible to pass. Beginners should stick to Class 1 and 2 rapids—they're exciting, x-treme, and safe! If you have other questions about rapid classifications, river guides are always glad to explain the rating system—or, check this out.

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