When you are looking at selecting a white water rafting trip for your family and friends one of the main things you think about is how difficult or how easy are the rapids going to be. Well, here at PRO rafting we thought we would help you out a bit and make your selection of rafting trips in Costa Rica a little bit easier with an easy to follow, explanation of the different classes of river rapids. This is a rundown of the white water rating in our own words.
There are six categories, each referred to as “Grade” or “Class” followed by a number. Each river can be given a broad scale of classes as obviously the different rapids within it could be different and this can also change over the different seasons as the flow of the river changes. So, when looking at the rivers, check if it changes during the year to get a good idea of what will suit your trip the best and what the white water rating is.
White Water Ratings
Class 1 -Easy
Fast moving water with small ripples and waves. Very few obstructions are present and if so, are obvious and easily missed.
Class 2 – Novice
Easy rapids, waves up to one metre. Nice wide channels. Rocks and the medium size waves are easily avoidable.
Class 3 -Intermediate
Class 4 – Advanced
Long turbulent rapids that may require precise maneuvering (no worries with our guides!) Rapids may be powerful and intense but predictable. Chances of getting wet, pretty high!
Class 5 – Expert
A good fun adrenaline rush, large waves, complex gushing waves, twisting and spinning rapids Can be very long.
Class 6 – Extreme