River Tubing Safety Tips

When the dog days of summer are upon us and the heat starts to get unbearable, I can think of no better way to cool off than to float leisurely down a river in an inner tube. No worries and no time constraints allow you to truly clear your mind and relax. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family and its fun for everyone from age 5 to 105. Look for a river near you that can be enjoyed with an inner tube at TubingTheRiver.com! Follow these guidelines to ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable.

  • Life vests are always recommended for children. Anyone who is the slightest bit uncomfortable about their swimming abilities should also wear a life vest. If there are rapids or strong currents, everyone should wear a life vest.
  • If alcohol is legal on the river, please drink responsibly. Things can happen fast on the water and being inebriated only slows your reactions and can turn a bad situation worse in a hurry.
  • Keep any glass containers at home. Broken glass is painful on bare feet!
  • If you take a cooler, make sure it is properly secured so items don’t fall out. Never take a Styrofoam cooler floating with you. They break apart and create a mess.
  • Hats and sunglasses are a help as well. You’ll be on the river for hours and the glare can be bad without these items.
  • Carry a dry bag for any items that shouldn’t get wet (car keys, cell phones, cameras, towels, etc…)
  • If the river is rocky, consider wearing water shoes. Rocks and stumps can be tough on waterlogged feet.
  • Don’t forget the suntan lotion. Being burnt on the river is never fun, especially the days following your trip!

  • Setup a shuttle so you aren’t trapped on the river. A shuttle is simply a vehicle parked at the takeout point of the river. This usually means 2 vehicles are required for a river tubing trip, unless an outfitter is used.
  • Take dry clothes and towels and leave them in the vehicle parked at the take-out point.
  • Tying your tubes together is not recommended. It makes it difficult to maneuver if something is in the way, such as a stump or rock. The ropes also tend to snag on any limbs or debris.
  • Consider purchasing a 12v air pump to inflate your tubes. Blowing them up manually takes a while and most people usually end up light-headed for a while.
  • Don’t litter. It trashes the river and ruins the experience for everyone!
  • Always follow all rules, regulations, and laws set for the area you are in.

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Jrandol62 5 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

Good info friend....Rafting is a great way as well, and MORE room! Have a great float down the river!

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pbrooks496 5 years ago from Charleston, SC Author

Thanks Jrandol, I can't wait to start the floating season this year!

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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

I like your article on tubing safety tips. Thank you for writing about the possibility of going in the river already with a life saver. It is a great idea Mr. Pbrooks496. I like your hub. You did an excellent job.

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