River rafting in Ötztal
White water adventures
Speedy rapids and bubbling rollers - there's hardly time left for a glimpse of the idyllic landscape that passes by the river's left and right. For sure the adventure-seeking have an advantage while the immense power of the waves tosses the boat around and the water spray in your face has a quite refreshing effect. The Ötztal is considered Europe's number one center for whitewater athletes. The "Imster Schlucht" ravine ranks among the most frequented river sections on the continent and is just perfect also for beginners. On the Ötztaler Ache mountain brook experienced rafting fans will find crisp white water sections that are technically challenging.
Feel the power of the water - but in a safe way!
The wild ride into the wet element starts side by side with experienced guides. There are different programs for beginners and professionals as well as quieter tours for children from six or seven years. The only thing you should bring with you is your swimwear and the ability to swim. The equipment including wetsuit and boots, whitewater helmet and life jacket are provided by Ötztal's outdoor companies. Severe quality standards of all regional outdoor professionals and the safety of all participants are a top priority. All tours are accompanied by certified guides without exception - including safety instruction and detailed introduction. In dangerous or risky weather conditions the tour will not take place or an alternative tour is offered. At the end of each tour, taxis take you back to the starting point in a comfortable way.
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The classic: Imster Gorge
(Inn River: from Imst to Haiming)
The Imst Gorge is a pilgrimage place for rafters and ranks amongst the most-frequented routes of Europe. The 14 kilometre long stretch from Imst to Haiming leads through unspoilt Tirolean landscape and is also perfect for an unforgettable outing. If you are looking for action, use your neoprene suit and jump into the cold river!
Duration: adventurous 2.5 hours
(Ötztaler Creek River: Oetz to Haiming)
Are you looking for the ultimate rafting kick? The Ötztaler Creek River is the river to pick. The seething water has numerous technical difficulties to surmount and demands everything of rafters, while providing the ultimate adrenaline rush! The white water, the rapids and the eddy water of the wild Boa Constructa require the utmost concentration, power and courage.
Duration: demanding 1,5 hours
- Rafting only on officially approved rafting routes
- Special safety equipment: neoprene suit, life jacket, white-water helmet, sports shoes
- Official inspection and licensing of the boars and regular check-ups
- Certified rafting and canyoning guides
- Before every rafting tour: safety instructions
- Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Guests must know how to swim and be in a good physical and mental state
- Rafting base must feature a sufficient number of WCs, changing units, showers, car parks
- Ample and free parking
- Well-groomed station with sufficient seating and possibiliy to warm-up
- Impeccable sanitary facilities (WC and shower rooms)
- Spacious changing units
- Cabinets and lockers for clothes and valuables
- Catering facilities for food and drinks
- Opening times, 6.5 days per week
- Enough space for larger groups (50 - 100 guests)
- Washing facility - (washing machine) for desinfection of the neoprene material
- Neoprene suit and jacket (3.5 - 4 mm)
- Certified helmet (CE Norm)
- Certified life jacket (CE Norm)
- Certified rafting guides without exception
- Authorised canyoning guides
- Mountain guides for via ferratas
- Regular training in the different fields
- Personnel who is familiar with the place
- Mulitlingual (German, English +)
- New certified canyoning or rafting guides are assigned to experienced "senior supervisors" in the first years
- Guiding on WW routes IV - V only after the 3rd year and only with approval of the company
Rafting and licensing conditions of the Tirolean government 2006 for all river sections.
Additional safety standards for rafting and canyoning:
Rafting: a raft (boat) is always accompanied by a safety kayak - no matter which section it is on
Ötztaler Ache River: legally there are always 2 guides on one boat (1 boat, 2 guides + safety kayak rider) guide/guest ratio for one raft is 3:6
Guidlines for rafting routes for children/youths or familiies respectively: Tirolean Rafting Association guidelines
Canyoning: guidelines for group size according to the Tirolean Mountain Sports Association (Tirolean Canyoning Association)