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How to Convince the Reluctant Rafter

Everyone has a little whitewater rafter deep down inside of them – sometimes it can just be a little bit difficult to draw out. Now we all know that if we force someone to do something, odds are that they will end up hating it – which would end up completely defeating the point of what you had set out to do. So, with that in mind, we’ve determined that rather than dragging someone on a trip that they don’t necessarily want to take, that it’s really better to have them convince themselves that it is their idea and that ultimately, it is something they want to do.

And how do we do that?

We create a set of compelling arguments based around facts that are sure to make even the most unsure rafter ready to take to the water. Now many of these may be obvious to those of you who already classify yourselves as “river rats”, but for those of your friends who haven’t had quite the same introduction, it can be helpful to start with the basics rather than risk overwhelming them with information. 😉

Without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of our 5 most compelling arguments for reluctant rafters

  1. Rafting is an incredibly fun and efficient way for you to pass the time. If you’re whitewater rafting, that means that you’re simultaneously experiencing nature, getting exercise, improving your teamwork skills, and having fun in such a way that it make it feel like it’s only fun. Other demonstrated benefits of whitewater rafting, include a great appreciation for the natural world, a better night’s sleep, and comfortably sore muscles the following day.
  2. It often qualifies for a spot on a lot of people’s “bucket lists”, but also at the same time, on the list of things that they want to do, but for whatever reason, can’t quite find the time to do. You know, the list of things that you’ve wanted to do forever, but haven’t quite worked out the time? Yes, for some people, this actually includes whitewater rafting (shocking!).
  3. It allows you to go somewhere you’ve never been. Even if you’ve been to the same general location o the river, the perspective changes completely when you’re seeing it from the river. A change of perspective like this can really open them up to a world that they may not have realized existed, and this in and of itself is quite a good reason to raft.
  4. Stepping into the world of rafting open doors to experiences and relationships well beyond that first trip down the river. What many non-rafters don’t realize is that there is an entire world beyond those early whitewater days. The feeling of community and the opportunities for trying new things cannot be understated. Rafting is like family and extending your family will extend your lifestyle!
  5. Whitewater rafting is one of those things that truly needs to be experienced to be understood. What does this mean? Well, to put it simply, they really do just need to try it to find out!

If you’re in the US or Europe, chances are your rafting season is probably starting to come to a close. But while you’re lamenting the long winter months ahead, at least that means you can pass the time strategically reminding your friends about the fun experiences that are sure to come. 😉

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