White Water Kayaking is a sport not for the faint hearted. Certainly, in the beginning when learning this form of kayaking you can keep to gently moving waters. But as your skills improve, you can then take on much more demand and dangerous areas of the river instead.
All places where white water kayaking will be graded and the higher the grade the much more difficult the trip will be. Gently moving water will be provided with a Grade or Class 1 classification but the more severe white water that is considered to be almost unrunnable has a Grade or Class 6 classification.
As well as the classification of the rivers that kayaking takes place on there are actually categories relating to different types of white water kayaking. These are known as river running, creeking, slalom, play boating and ****** boating. Each one of these not only needs a certain set of skills but a different type of white water kayak will be used also.
With river running these are very gentle trips where one can enjoy the scenery that you pass but still enjoy some of the excitement that white water brings. As for creeking this is very similar to river running but you will need more experience to be able to cope with the rapids as these are of a much higher grade.
As for white water slalom, kayaking this is something that we normally see on television and which is an event in the Olympics. Here kayakers compete against each other through a set of gates on a designated section of river in the quickest time. Whilst play boating and ****** boating are a form of freestyle kayaking where special moves need to be undertaken in order to gain points.