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Tired of the same old group outings with your teammates? Looking for something more exciting than bowling or bonfires to unify your crew? Well, you're in luck, because for just a few easy payments of…

OK, corny infomercial aside, for a team-building exercise that will test both your athletic skills and your teammates' ability to work together, whitewater rafting could be the experience you're looking for.

Navigating an angry river requires intense effort from everyone on the team. Under the direction of a certified river guide, each individual must pull his weight for the group to be successful—much like athletic competition. The common goal—staying afloat and keeping everyone safely in the raft—is achieved only when each person understands his role and appreciates the jobs performed by his teammates. Sound familiar?

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Tired of the same old group outings with your teammates? Looking for something more exciting than bowling or bonfires to unify your crew? Well, you're in luck, because for just a few easy payments of…

OK, corny infomercial aside, for a team-building exercise that will test both your athletic skills and your teammates' ability to work together, whitewater rafting could be the experience you're looking for.

Navigating an angry river requires intense effort from everyone on the team. Under the direction of a certified river guide, each individual must pull his weight for the group to be successful—much like athletic competition. The common goal—staying afloat and keeping everyone safely in the raft—is achieved only when each person understands his role and appreciates the jobs performed by his teammates. Sound familiar?

Keep in mind that whitewater rafting can be risky business. Before grabbing your paddle and life vest, use the checklist below to avoid unwanted surprises.

Do the research. Gather information about whitewater rafting locations in your area. For beginners, look for Class 1 or 2 whitewaters.

Make sure everyone can swim. This is not a joke. If you have never done it before, the odds of you falling out of the raft are high. You don't have to be Michael Phelps, but make sure you—and everyone else in the raft—can stay above water in case the river gets too rough.

Enlist professional help. Find a reputable commercial company to escort you on your voyage. It may be a bit pricey, but in the end, it's worth it. Hiring a professional guide to coach your team is a smart move.

Get approval. Ask permission from coaches, parents and athletic directors before planning your trip. Show them your research and present them with a business proposal.

Wear a life vest. Thinking you can take on the river without one is the height of foolishness.


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