whitewater classifications?

Can someone give me a link that explains the definition of Class I, Class II, rapids, etc.? I tried the American Whitewater site but it seemed like their internal search engine wasn’t working, or possibly my pop-up blocker was blocking it, I’m not sure. I also searched archives here but probably didn’t use exactly the right phrase. Any help is appreciated.


Here it is

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– Last Updated: Apr-29-06 8:15 AM EST –

http://www.wildwater.com/rapids/ Above link from Dr. Disco "is not created yet" :-$

Actually it does exist.
For some reason the end of the url was not underlined. Use cut and paste.

Donna, remember…
…you said I can have your boat if anything

happens to you today.

ah ha

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my yahoo photos do the same thing on this site.http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mattmccay@sbcglobal.net/album?.dir=ec2a&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos Donna if you copy/paste the whole shebang above you'll see some class 4.

Daggermat, the descriptions in your
source have been modified a little, in the direction of euphemism.

Also, while there is some subjectivity in using the AWA standards, the language is sufficiently objective for anyone to see that a lot of rapids now being called “class 2” cannot possibly be classed that way if the language is respected.

“Progress” in rating rapids has meant spoiling an imperfect system so that the best WW paddlers can downgrade rapids they deem no longer worthy of respect. As a result, “folk” ratings of rapids are likely to seriously mislead beginning paddlers, those that have the most need for a good and consistent system.

I wonder whether anyone who helped author the original AWA code would think that the rather continuous stretch from Double Suck to Double Trouble on the Ocoee would come to be called “class 2”?

Are you in those photos? Those are wild. While I admire people who have the skills to handle those kinds of rapids (and I admire their courage), that is something I never aspire to. I’m a chicken by nature. Cool pics, though.

Too bad, Rick
I made it through BOTH DAYS without a single swim except the intentional one where we were practicing wet exits. Margaret was funny yesterday; she actually rolled back up (very cool 'cause she wasn’t sure she could) and thought that meant she didn’t have to wet exit but Jon made her do it anyway. LOL (Slave driver tyrant that he is!) You reading this Jon?

Class was awesome, and I feel so much more confident now. Not ready for the stuff YOU paddle, but I want to get really good at Class I’s before I jump ahead. Oh, and I really, really like my boat - it handled SO well. Totally awesome.

I am woman, hear me roar! LOL


another take

no Donna not me.
I was behind the camera :-). I do open tandem canoe w/ my son up to class 3. Lot’s of fun and legroom too. New shuttle partner does that area but is moving into canoes after hitting the ripe “old” age of 30, and since his friend just drowned under a waterfall. Water level means everything as well. Just found one stretch I do is labeled cl. 4 but seems like a 2 to me. Wait for some downpours and try again hahah.