The Differences Between Rafting and Kayaking

From tubing to skiing, some of the most popular outdoor activities take place on the water: the Outdoor Industry Association reports that “almost half—49.0%—of the U.S. population ages 6 and over participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2017.” Two other popular water activities include rafting and kayaking, but some people don’t really know the differences between the two. If you’re interested in either endeavor, learn the main differences between rafting and kayaking to find out which one will work best for you.  



Water rafting is a much safer way to float down the river compared to kayaking: the boat is bigger and inflatable, and it also doesn’t move as fast. This makes water rafting perfect for a larger group of people as well as a great family activity. Still, as with any water activity, you’ll want to wear some protective equipment such as a helmet and an inflatable life vest. At Triad River Tours, you’ll be equipped with an experienced guide who knows the water, as well.


A major difference between rafting and kayaking is that the latter is better for smaller groups of people, as kayaks typically fit no more than one to two people. Kayaks are also smaller in size and allow the individual to navigate from both sides on their own. They’re more akin to canoes in the sense that they’re swifter, nimbler, and more easily navigated by a single passenger.


Rafting and kayaking are two of the best outdoor experiences. The activities are fun, and they also come with plenty of physical and mental benefits, too. You can experience both activities at Triad River Tours, which offers the best kayaking and white water rafting in Seattle. If you aren’t familiar with water sports, we offer instructional classes that will help you navigate the waters.  

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