About white water rafting

5 rafters heading through some mild rapids

About the Club

The Tasmanian University White Water Rafting Club is one of the largest university based sporting clubs in Tasmania. We specialise in white water rafting activities and take pride in our reputation for excellence, safety and environmental conservation. We are based at the University of Tasmania campus in Hobart with members across the state, allowing us to run trips anywhere there is rain and a river.

Tasmania is unique in the world that within 2–6 hours proximity we can offer world class rafting in a variety of regions. From rivers winding through some of the world’s oldest cool climate rainforests to creeks cascading down through alpine button grass with snow-capped peaks.

Our trips range from thrill seeking adventurers taking on nature, 10 day expeditions through the heart of Tasmanian wilderness or placid river journeys looking at spectacular scenery. Our guides are trained in white water guiding skills, rescue techniques, and first aid. Each trip is run by a senior guide who has extensive experience in white water rafting on Tasmanian rivers and at least one other guide, with a minimum of two rafts paddled by a crew of two to five.

Our goal is to provide an experience that will last you a lifetime, in a safe environment. If you have any questions please look through the information provided on this website. If your answer is not located here then send us an email.

We hope to see you on river soon!

Rafting safety

Rafting is an adventure sport that involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. We take precautions through risk management, trained guides and high quality equipment to help you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Our guides are trained in first aid, CPR, river reading, river navigation and white water rescue. On each trip we carry an emergency beacon, first aid kit and a rescue kit to ensure your safety while on river.

If you’re going on a rafting trip it’s important to talk to the trip leader prior to the day of the trip and well before going on-river about any concerns or medical conditions that may affect your performance and safety during the trip. Medical concerns include asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, fainting/dizziness, specific allergic reactions, blood conditions that may affect bleeding/blood clotting, conditions affecting balance, recent or long-standing injuries (for example, back, knee and ankle), disability or other relevant medical conditions that the trip leader should be aware of (for example, pregnancy, repetitive strain injury and any relevant medication).

All rafters are issued with personal flotation devices (life jackets) and helmets. These are checked for fit by guides once at the shed and once more at the river. We also have wetsuits you can borrow to keep you warm and your river guides have a range of other safety equipment on board the rafts.

We are not be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury and require you to acknowledge the risks of rafting. By reading and agreeing to join the club you acknowledge and agree to a liability release.

Intro trips

Intro trips are run at the beginning of university semesters when the club has a large number of sign-ups. They are generally run on easier rivers and feature a BBQ or provided lunch on river. They are design to give new members a taste of rafting without too much adrenalin before everyone has got the hang of being on river. They are a great place to meet people and find out what the club is about.

But what if you missed all the intro trips or joined halfway through semester? No worries, you don’t have to participate in an intro trip before you go on other club trips (the only thing we require is that you pay the one-off $40 fee if it is your first trip). You can go on any club trip provided that the guides on the day feel that you have enough experience for the particular river and conditions.

Clothing to wear for rafting

We have one rule when it comes to clothing on river: No cotton!

We ask this because we know that cotton will not keep you warm when it gets wet and its no fun being cold and wet with another 3 hours of rafting before you can get off river. Our guides will remind everyone again on the day. We can’t stress the importance of this enough.

The water here in Tasmania is cold most of the year so we encourage you to wear warm layers so you don’t get cold when you get wet. The club has a range of wetsuits available to borrow and we prefer that you wear a thermal layer underneath to keep you warm. Our recommendations are either merino or polypro thermals, long sleeved top and bottoms, as well as woollen or neoprene socks to keep your feet warm.

You will need to bring secure footwear that will not come off your feet while rafting such as sandals with ankle straps, Dunlop volleys (cheap and a club favourite) or old running shoes. Thongs are not appropriate footwear for white water rafting. The club also provides all required safety equipment, including life vests and helmets.

Wearing contact lenses versus glasses on-river

For safety reasons we strongly encourage wearing contact lenses while rafting. There’s no guarantee that your glasses won’t break or fall off on river, and they can be expensive to replace! Glasses can also fog up or appear blurry when wet (which happens a lot while rafting), obscuring your view of the beautiful surroundings or oncoming danger. You can buy contact lenses from the many optometrists in the Hobart CBD and Sandy Bay. Expect to pay around $90 for 30 pairs of dailies (prices may vary depending on the brand and the condition of your eyesight). You will need to book an appointment if you do not have a current prescription.

If contact lenses are not an option, tying the handles of your glasses around the back of your head with some tape or string will usually hold them in position once your helmet is securely fastened.

Other things to bring on a trip

  • Towel
  • Dry set of warm clothes (for travelling home in)
  • Dry shoes
  • Waterproof camera (we love posting your rafting pics!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Garbage Bags for wet gear
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Money for petrol and bakery stops

Upcoming events

Upcoming rafting trips

Trip reports

Read about previous club rafting trips.

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