White water rafting is not tricky. It, however, requires knowledge of basic moves and techniques that will help in overcoming obstacles along the way. White Wolf Tours Inc. offers rafting guidance to river spots for a Canmore Bow river float with rapids between levels one and four. The fourth level is the most intense and may intimidate beginners. Here are some typical usual moves and terminologies. 


It is natural to think there is not much to say about paddling. The tricky bit is that there are various types of paddling. There are vast differences between paddling on a raft and paddling on a boat. 

The best explanation for the difference is that white water rafting has its name, white water, for a specific reason. The water is too speedy, curvy and rough, unlike the experience of paddling on a river. 

It is crucial that one paddle forward or backward. You may need to paddle faster and harder to stay on track when the water is too high and rough. Most importantly, you should paddle simultaneously with other rafting companions. The guide may ask one side of the raft to paddle backward and the other to paddle generally to turn the boat. 


One valuable skillset of dodging obstacles are back and forward ferrying. One side of the raft paddles harder and in the opposite direction while the other rafts in the usual route. The moves place the raft in the right angle and prevent it from hitting unforeseen obstacles. 

Back ferry takes less time and is standard on rivers that are still under discovery by the rafting guides. The direction of the raft depends on the river’s velocity and current. 


The skills are useful when catching a powerful downstream stream. The rafters use their force to escape deep holes and tracks on the riverbed. This method works when the rafters plunge their paddles deep in the water as fast as they can. The motion allows them to bridge holes and merge rapids between them. 

Weight lifting

The technique requires simultaneous fast thinking for all the rafters who will feel the effect. The rafter shifts the weight of the vessel on the side with the obstacle to prevent flipping. Timing is essential because a one-second delay of pushing the raft of the barrier could cause overturning. 


Some of the vegetation along the riverbank could be dangerously close to the raft and team. Avoiding means using your body’s strength and fast movement to steer off the block. You may have to bend as low as you can to pivot yourself at the bottom of the raft to avoid bumping your head. Avoiding a fallen tree or branch may require you to shift your body to the other side of the raft. 

Canmore Bow river float is easy to navigate with the guidance and training of our team. There are many more moves and tips that you will learn on the day of the raft. Every detail will have a thorough explanation and clarification upon request.


Canmore Bow River Float