What To Wear Rafting

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to common questions. If you don’t see what you need – call or contact us online.

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Both Whitewater rafting and Zipline trips run “rain or shine.” Whitewater rafting is an inherently wet activity, in fact we think this is the very best outdoor activity for a rainy day!

We accommodate 4-7 guests per boat but have a limited number of larger boats that hold up to 9 guests.

Walk-ins are welcome, but to guarantee space on the trip of your choice, we recommend reservations! This holds true even more so on holidays and summer weekends. A lot goes into the planning of a river trip, including scheduling of guides, photographers and bus drivers.

There are small parking lots adjacent to both our locations but there are several free parking decks less than a block away from our Columbus location. Plan to use these decks.

We ask all our guests to arrive 30 minutes prior to you trip. This extra time is to complete our check-in process, and gear up for your Adventure. Please allow 15 extra minutes in your travel as occasionally parking can occupy more time than expected, especially in the Downtown Columbus GA location.

Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet (because you will)! We recommend Quick dry activewear, swimsuits, and Sunscreen!  Avoid cotton clothing. All our guests must wear shoes that stay on their feet. Swim shoes, Sandals with a heel strap or even old sneakers work great. Flip flops are not recommended and shouldn’t be worn.

We raft year round and are closed only Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Wetsuits are not needed for the majority of the year as we have warm water for the  majority of the year. If you’re rafting during the colder months, we’ve got you covered! Wetsuits and Splash Jackets are provided free of charge! Most guests choose to wear a pair of sneakers or sandals for river use to provide the best fit. If you have a light weight fleece you may wear it in addition to the gear we provide. Our trips run rain or shine.

It is important that you dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear clothing you can be active in. Thin layers or workout type clothing is recommended.

On hot days wear clothing you can be active in and don’t mind working up a sweat in.

 If you are arriving on a cooler day there are 2 elements of clothing that can make all the difference. In this case we highly recommend bringing a light weight fleece base layer and or a lightweight shell. You will also need proper foot wear with secure heels and covered toes such as sneakers.

ALL OUR TRIPS RUN ON EASTERN TIME (Both GA and AL trips)

We ask all our guests to arrive 30 minutes prior to your trip. This extra time is needed to fill out waivers, complete our check-in process, and gear up for your Adventure. Please allow 15 extra minutes in your travel as occasionally parking can occupy more time than expected, especially in the Downtown Columbus GA location.

Yes. We provide top-of-the-line safety equipment, including raft, personal flotation device, helmet and paddle (and cold-weather gear as necessary).

Yes. We love our Fort Benning soldiers and support our troops in offering a 10% off military discount on all trips. Military personnel must show official military ID to qualify (in-store only).

The river is low-risk. With over 40 years of experience, Whitewater Express’ risk management procedures are unsurpassed. We train our guides extensively and follow the most up-to-date industry standards. However, it is important that you and your group know this: Whitewater rafting, like all adventure activities, involves inherent risks. It is important that guests know their comfort level and take proper responsibility for their own safety. If Whitewater Express staff feel that any individual is not in the proper condition to raft, we reserve the right to not allow that individual to raft for his or her own safety.

Because memories of your trip are important to us, we have photographers on-standby for each trip (weather permitting). On all of our river trips, you can view your photos as you return from your adventure!