Finally it was time to experience the wonderful Xmas present from the Kopelman’s which was White Water Rafting at the Olympic course in Lee Valley. Now you may be thinking why wait for November when it’s no doubt going to be freezing in the water but surprisingly the thrill and your sexy wetsuit meant you barely noticed.
After picking up the wetsuit and water shoes it was time to get the all important safety instructions. This is when you do feel the chill and with all the various scenarios that good go wrong being described to you along with the ways to deal with it you start to get a little anxious and think just get me in the raft!
Having done rafting once before in Australia years ago I had a pretty good idea of what to expect and as I had anticipated first up was the ‘swimming test’. They make you jump into the water one by one and you need to get into the defensive position (on your back, legs up and moving your arms to keep you going) and ride the waves before being told to swim, swim, swim up to safety at the stairs on the side.
Having passed,it was into our 8man raft with the guide shouting orders as we went along. The course is a great run and the boulders can be moved to give different levels of waves depending on ability. You start up a ramp to the top and then it begins.
First run was a case of straight through the middle and a lot of ‘DOWN’ shouts where you just let the wave take you and sit in the centre of the boat. Then it became a little more tricky and the instructor was trying to get us to do various moves at each point.
He didn’t seem too impressed by us and was shouting for us not listening, but rather hard to hear from the front when getting pummelled with the waves. The last move we were going for was a complete lean on one side where as the raft tips you need to lean to the other side to try and balance it out. This was a last run and so we went for it, this also meant we ended up completely flipping over with the boat landing on top.
Pictures show great moment where Lawrence managed to be last man standing and in doing so looks like he lands fully on me. Surprisingly since you know that it’s all clear water and so many people on hand to help there is no panic at all, if anything the dunk just added to the fun of the day.
It is a great day out and the venue has been really well thought out with all the facilities clean and organised. Definitely would recommend for a birthday or day out with the friends, filling up a boat to get the extra amusement factor.