Always wear a PFD (personal floatation device); drownings can and will occur in the right circumstances, but a PFD is the only way to 100% prevent them. PFDs are furnished by Rockin’ River before you get into your kayak.
Footwear- always wear sneakers or wading shoes, and try to avoid flip-flops and bare feet. The river contains slippery, sharp and uneven rocks, and it is very easy to twist an ankle, stub a toe or jab a foot in flops or barefoot.
Sunscreen- sunlight reflected off water is much stronger than regular sunlight, so you will burn much faster. Wear sunscreen at a minimum, and also a hat to ward off a painful sunburn.
If you encounter some type of issue, wave a paddle and blow the whistle furnished to you- someone will be along quickly to help out.
Thunderstorms are somewhat frequent in the Carolinas during the summer, especially in the late afternoons and evenings. If you encounter a thunderstorm while out on the water, paddle to the closest shore immediately. Pull the kayak up on the bank, set the aluminum paddle as far away from you as possible, and seek the safest cover you can find until the storm passes. Try to avoid standing directly under trees, or contacting the water, as both water and tress conduct electricity fairly well in the event of a lightning strike. The kayak is actually a pretty good shelter from the rain when propped up. Simply wait for the storm to pass, and once it does, resume your adventure.
Do not touch or harass any wildlife that you may encounter- you will see a variety of reptiles, birds and other animals while out on the river, but keep in mind that these are wild animals and they can be dangerous.