So I've been a kayaker for many years, but am just getting into rafting. I'm certainly not planning on just jumping into class IV+ water, but I would like to hear from experienced boaters on what they view as essential river knowledge. Tips or advice on ways to gain this knowledge (other than the more you go the more you'll know) would be helpful as well.
Couple of things I'm wondering.
- Specifics on essential gear - Throw bags, first aid kits etc.
- How to best research rivers
- Recovering in "common" scenarios such as flips, punctures, etc.
- Any other advice you wish you'd known early in the game
Hope I'm not being to vague. Look forward to your responses.