The Complete Whitewater Rafter / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.31
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (24) from $2.31   
  • New (7) from $9.20   
  • Used (17) from $2.31   


This is the manual endorsed by professional guides, instructors, and recreational river runners everywhere. With comprehensive step-by-step coverage starting with the first run, it includes tips from top guides, outfitters, and instructors, plus the most complete guide to Class V rafting techniques ever assembled. This is the completely revised and updated successor to Bennett's best-selling manual, Rafting!.

This book supercedes Bennett's bestselling Rafting! Visually appealing and written in an easygoing, friendly style, the guide is aimed at all skill levels, from beginner to expert, and covers such topics as boats and gear, river dynamics, propulsion, safety and rescue, and advanced rafting. 45 illustrations.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070055056
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 389,145
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Bennett has been running rivers in rafts, hardshell and inflatable kayaks, and canoes since the 1970s. A columnist and contributing photographer to Paddler and Snow Country magazines, his work has also appeared in Canoe & Kayak, Adventure West, and other publications. He is author or co-author of three classic river guides--Class Five Chronicles, A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington, and Soggy Sneakers Guide to Oregon Rivers--and has contributed tales of hairball whitewater descents to the wildly entertaining book, No Shit! There I Was. He is also author of The Complete Inflatable Kayaker and with Scott Downey, The Complete Snowboarder, both published by Ragged Mountain Press.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 The Evolution of Rafting: From Powell to Paddle Cats 1
2 Get Wet: Your First Rafting Adventure 6
3 Equipment: From Oars to Floors, Helmets to Hi-Floats 9
4 Saddle Up: Assembling Your Gear and Crew 34
5 River Morphology: The Dynamics of Running Water 42
6 Propulsion Basics: Different Strokes for Different Boats 65
7 Paddle Captaining: The Art of Whitewater Choreography 77
8 Whitewater: Running the Rapids 82
9 Safety and Rescue: Keeping Your Head and Gear Above Water 99
10 Advanced Rafting: Rafting on the Cutting Edge 122
11 Single-Day to Multiday Trips: Carrying Your Toys 139
12 River Camping and Cookery: Life at the Riverside Inn 142
13 One Step Further: Rafting Alternatives 150
14 Stay in Shape: Gear Maintenance and Repair 159
15 The Rest of the Story 166
16 Conservation - Preserving the River Resource 174
Appendix 177
Glossary 193
Index 195
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Great Whitewater Rafting information.

    A great book filled with information on Whitewater Rafting and requirements for safe adventures.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)