If you're interested in getting out on the water and enjoying a paddling sport with a group, it's always a good idea to determine each group member's level of experience with paddling. Generally, you'll find a variety of experience levels. If you notice that the majority of your group has little to no experience with paddling, this can influence how you proceed. Instead of renting a number of canoes and kayaks, consider renting a raft that is large enough to accommodate your group. Or, in the case of a large group, you may wish to get two or more rafts. Here are some reasons that rafts are ideal for inexperienced paddlers.

They're Very Stable

People who are inexperienced with paddling sports may understandably worry about tipping over when they're out on the water. Doing so is certainly possible in a kayak or canoe, but it's highly improbable in a raft because rafts are very stable. This is especially true of larger rafts. While the water conditions of the river on which you're paddling will play a role in the stability of the raft to some degree, being on a calm river in a raft presents a minuscule risk of tipping. This can help to make the inexperienced paddlers in your group feel more comfortable.

They Keep The Group Together

While you could theoretically teach some inexperienced paddlers how to operate a kayak or canoe, it's reasonable to expect that these individuals would make their way down the river much slower than paddlers who are experienced. This could result in some members of your group having to wait for others to catch up, which would be a hassle. Another reason that a large raft is ideal for a group that includes inexperienced paddlers is that everyone will travel together. This will prevent your group from getting separated along the river.

They Allow For Breaks

Some inexperienced paddlers will often appreciate being able to take breaks to rest their arms when they're on the water. Doing so is easy in a large raft that you've rented. When a few people stop paddling, the other group members can continue to paddle and propel the raft down the river. These breaks can be more challenging in kayaks and canoes. For example, if an experienced paddler traveling in a two-person canoe wishes to take a short break, their partner will need to do all the work. Contact a local raft rental company to learn more.