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by Jacqui (subscribe)
I'm a Freelance Writer living in Bayside Melbourne. A Mother of two young children, so therefore also a coffee addict. Feel free to check out my website and like my Facebook page Family Day Trippers.
Published December 13th 2010
When most people contemplate canoeing or kayaking, the scene is gentle and relaxing: a slow-moving, scenic way of performing rather mild card. Then, there are those people who think that a day spent on the water is wasted unless there is the risk of serious injury.

White water is formed when a river foams and froths as a result of hidden disturbances or turbulent changes in the flow. These rapids not only make for striking holiday snaps, but also lend a degree of excitement to those who take to the white water on inflatable rubber rafts.

White water rafting is considered an extreme sport: being an activity that contains certain inherent dangers. While travelling at break-neck speeds through waters churned by unseen obstacles may seem terrifying, it is possible for Sydney-siders to recreate such experiences in moderately controlled contexts.

Penrith Whitewater offers both guided and self-guided rafting experiences in the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, which featured heavily in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Guiding rafting is an introductory course of 90 minutes, at a rate of $89 per person. Self-guided rafting is more appropriate for experienced rafters with strong swimming skills. These booking will also last for 90 minutes at a rate of $89 per person.

For those of you who do not approve of the artificiality of using a man-made course, it is possible to travel slightly south of Sydney to the Shoalhaven River. Bushsports offers white water rafting days, starting with a safety talk and morning tea, before two sessions on the river. The days end with a BBQ at 4pm, and life jackets, wetsuits, and polar fleeces are supplied, along with the food. The more extensive itinerary costs $240, for a minimum group of 10 people.
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Why? The adrenaline rush
When: Whenever you make a booking
Where: Penrith or Shoalhaven
Cost: $89-240 per person
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