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How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Rafting

When it gets too cool to boat in shorts and sandals, that's no reason to put the boat away for the season. Just gear up and keep on going.

Words to live by:

  • Always wear your life jacket. It's an even more important part of your safety system when the water cools off.
  • Always dress for the water temperature. Fall days can still be pretty warm, but the water is cooling down. Water is some 25 times more efficient than air in sucking heat away from your body. Always dress like you know you're going for a swim.

In this video, Clyde Nicely, NRS e-News Editor, gives suggestions for the types of insulating layers, outerwear, gloves and booties that can keep you safe as you extend your rafting into the fall: