People turn to different activities in the search for an adrenaline rush. Among them is white water rafting. The catalyst for adrenaline is danger and high risk: if there was no danger, there would be no white water rafting. Because of this safety is a big issue when rafting.
One week before I made a rafting trip in Peru, four tourists died in an accident in the same rapids. Did this make me reconsider if I was going to take the trip? No, I accepted the danger and looked forward to the trip.
Wanting to do an outdoors item for my exam project, I decided to make an essentials kit for white water rafters, addressing safety and survival. Through surveys I explored the needs of a rafter and the issues people wanted me to focus on. The first and most important was how to carry the kit in a manner that
would not compromise the safety of the rafter. The surveys also helped me to compile a list of kit essentials.
The kit consists of a belt with a bag for a throwbag (lifeline), pouches for carabiners, a knife to attach to a life vest or belt, whistle, watertight bag for essentials and the items to put in it; water purifying tablets, emergency water container, compass, pulleys, flashlight, emergency blanket and first-aid bandage.
MA degree project 2008