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White Water Rafting for the Disabled

The rush of white water rafting is an exhilarating experience that knows no boundaries, embracing adventure seekers of all abilities. Contrary to common misconceptions, even those with disabilities can partake in the thrill of navigating rapids.

At Southeastern Expeditions, we believe that the river is for everyone, and we’re here to break down barriers. Our commitment to accessibility ensures that white water rafting is an inclusive adventure that welcomes individuals of all walks of life.

If you take a quick trip through our parking area, you will notice a few vehicles with disability placards or license plates. You’re also likely to see a wheelchair van or two. As long as each individual follows all the precautions given, with a little help from caregivers and our guides, there are few limitations for white water rafting for the disabled.

The Universal Appeal of Rafting

People Enjoying Rafting at Chattooga River

Adaptive white water rafting provides a holistic lift for the mind, body, and spirit in addition to an adrenaline high. A truly fulfilling experience is one that takes into account the natural beauty of the river, the necessity of teamwork, and the sense of satisfaction after overcoming rapids.

Even though the challenges are genuine, they are overcome with the right safety measures, the advice of knowledgeable experts, and the encouraging environment of other rafters.

White Water Rafting Accessibility: Key Points to Consider

White River Rafting at Chattooga River

Degree of Difficulty: Rafting trips come in different difficulty levels. Our team helps assess your comfort and abilities to match you with the most suitable adventure, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned rafter.

Rivers for white water rafting receive a rating on the International Scale of Difficulty, which ranges from Class I (easy) to Class VI (extreme and exploratory rapids). The stretches of the Chattooga River used for Southeastern Expeditions trips consist of Section III, which is for Class II-IV rafters, and Section IV, intended for Class III-V skill levels. We suggest that disabled individuals who are new to white water rafting start with a Section III adventure. 

Age Requirements: Rafting is a fantastic family activity. We have age guidelines for each trip, ensuring safety while accommodating various age groups. Rafting can be enjoyed by young adventurers and seniors alike.

Please note that all Section III rafters must be at least eight years of age (age 10 is recommended for high-water areas), and Section IV rafters must be at least 12 years old. 

Float Test: The trips also require a basic float test to ensure that participants are comfortable in water. This is a simple and essential step to guarantee a safe experience.

Mobility Requirements: Rafters must be able to traverse the access trails that lead to the raft staging area and cover a total of approximately 1/4 mile (with assistance if necessary), navigate rocky terrain and participate in paddling the raft. Our dedication to inclusivity means we have adaptive equipment available for those with mobility challenges. Our guides and staff are trained to assist in boarding and disembarking the rafts comfortably.

Medication: If you have medical conditions that require medication, our guides are informed and ready to accommodate your needs. Safety is our priority, and we’re here to make your experience as worry-free as possible. If you must take your medications with you on the water, please let us know in advance. Your guide can provide a dry bag to protect them during the journey.

Southeastern Expeditions’ Commitment to Inclusivity

Southeastern Expeditions Near Chattooga River

At Southeastern Expeditions, our commitment to making outdoor adventures accessible is unwavering. We’ve witnessed the joy of individuals with disabilities conquering rapids, building bonds with fellow rafters, and embracing the empowering nature of the river.

Our vehicles are equipped with disability placards, and our wheelchair vans ensure that transportation is comfortable and hassle-free for everyone. 

To ensure that we’re able to accommodate your needs, we recommend contacting us before booking your trip so that we can discuss your situation in advance. By gaining a better understanding of your circumstances, we can make all the necessary preparations.

We can also inform our guides so that they can provide any required help during the trip.

Final Word

White water rafting is not just an activity; it’s a celebration of human spirit and determination. Southeastern Expeditions is proud to be a part of this celebration, where barriers are broken, and experiences are shared regardless of abilities.

Join us on the river and let’s navigate the rapids together, forging unforgettable memories and fostering a community of inclusivity. Book your next adventure today.

Chattooga River : Section III

6 Hours


8 Years

3400+ People Rafted Last Year

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