Follow our 7 part series on the Joys of Flat Water: Finding the fun when the river slows.

By Peta Owens-Liston



Swimmer Riffles!

Thumbs Up CataractNot quite a rapid but not glassy water either. These wavy trains take on a whole new dimension when you are swimming through them kicked back on your back, with toes and nose forward. My boys would have picked this over a roller coaster any day. Waves playfully splashed us in the face but kept the thrill and adrenalin pumped as you relinquished control to the rush of the river. After our first experience swimming the riffles, my son Riley kept a look out for riffles, exclaiming each time, “Is this a swimmer one?”  The guides are pretty picky about which ones you can swim, so when they give you the thumbs up, go for it!