- Class I - Very relaxing. Gentle, moving water. Very small waves requiring little or no maneuvering.
- Class II - You may get splashed. Regular waves, easy to see, may reach 3 to 4 feet in height. Avoiding rocks, river bends or other obstacles may require simple maneuvering.
- Class III - You will get wet! Large, continuous series or sets of waves, some in excess of 6 feet. "Holes" or "hydraulics" may be present, and can be run or avoided. Small drops, ledges or waterfalls may be present. Scouting the rapids is suggested for all but the most experienced of river persons.
- Class IV - You'll get soaked… like a 9 or 10 on the "fun scale"! Confused and erratic waves or holes. Large obstructions need to be avoided in what are referred to as "must moves". Risk of injury if swimming without benefit of a raft! Very difficult and scouting is required.
- Class V - Adrenaline junkies only! For most people, class V goes off the "fun" scale and enters the "kinda scary" scale! Very challenging for even the most experienced river persons. High risk of capsize or injury. Limit of navigation and scouting is essential.
- Class VI - Niagara Falls in a barrel! Virtually non-navigable, or navigable only at particularly favorable river levels.
As with any extreme sport, everybody who will go white water rafting is required to sign a liability waiver before starting.
At the starting point we put on our gear: helmet, life vest, paddle and sunblock.
Tip: don't put sunblock in your forehead because when you perspire, it will go to your eyes.
We placed our cellular phones, cameras, wallets and other valuables in Glad Zip-Lock bags that Chickoy brought. Our spare clothes and bags were left in the jeepney. It was taken to the end point in Kabula to wait for us there. Our Zip-Locked valuables, bottles of drinking water and food were placed on dry bags and loaded to the rafts.
Tip: You can ask your river guide to prepare food for you. In the case of Kagay, it should be arranged a day before so they can buy fresh ingredients to cook. If food arrangements are not made in advance, you can just buy food in McDonalds or Jollibbee located near Plaza Divisoria.
Young kids can join the river rafting. See the little brave kid below that we met at the starting point. The youngest adventurer that our guide remember is a 2-year old child. The oldest was a 75-year old man.
We experienced various ways of crossing the rapids. We crossed some head-on, sideways, standing up and with the raft rotating. It was great! Too bad I don't have pics of us in action because the ride in the rapids are rough and there are parts where the raft suddenly dives down steeply and the water hits you directly. You will really get wet so we kept our camera in the dry bag while in the rapids.
Tip: if you want pics while in the rapids, bring your underwater camera gear for waterproofing your camera. You can then place it in the pocket in front of your life vest for easy access. You'll be busy taking pics in rough waters while holding on to your paddle and keeping yourself inside the raft. Good luck and may the force be with you. One option is to set the camera in video mode and record everything while the camera is in your life vest front pocket.
#21 Pres. Aguinaldo St. Cagayan de Oro City
Landline: (088) 856-3972
Two of our guides will be competing in Korea in mid 2007.
Good luck to you guys!!!