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An adventure sport: rafting - TALKING
Let´s talk about “Adventure sports” answering these
the photograph. What can you see?
people in the photograph wearing special equipment? Why?
ever been river rafting?
name other adventure sports?
need special protection?
Rafting is a very
dangerous sport, so whitewater rafters need special protection. They wear a
wetsuit, a helmet and a life vest. They each have oars to help manoeuvre the
raft. Modern rafts are inflatable boats which can hold between four and twelve
rafters. Whitewater rafting is always practised in fast-flowing rivers.
One of the best times
to practise this sport is in the spring. It snows heavily in the mountains in
the winter, but the temperatures rise in the spring. Consequently, the snow and
ice begin to melt and turn to water. This water flows down the mountains, and
swells the rivers. The rivers flow much faster, so waves and rapids form. These
are exactly the conditions the rafters are looking for!
Answer in your notebook these questions about the
What is the name of this sport?
Where are the people practising this sport?
Why is spring a good time for rafting in mountainous
We say ‘whitewater’ because turbulence in the water
makes it turn white. Do you think the water in this photograph is moving fast
Can you see anything else in the river that makes
whitewater rafting dangerous?
How do rafters protect themselves?