Professional rafting guides say it's their job to warn people about the dangers of boating on a river. They say all of the rafting companies give customers some instructions about how to safely sit on a raft and what to do if they fall into the water. Rafters are required to wear helmets and flotation vests. They also are expected to know what to do in case of an accident.
"We really focus on if you do fall in the water, don't stand up, what you should do if you're in the water, what we're going to do to retrieve you in the water, what to expect from us, and what you should expect while you're in the water, said Jeff Makey of the French Broad Rafting Company.
Rafters say that the information provided by these rafting guides makes them feel more comfortable when it's time to hop in the boats and hit the water.