The first baby boomers were born in 1946 when the average lifespan in this country was 66.7 years old. That didn’t give anyone a lot of time to grow up, get married, raise kids, work a 9 to 5 job and retire before it was all over. Anyone born in 1946 reached retirement age on January 1, 2011, and 10,000 people a day, every day, for the next 19 years, will turn 65. Today’s baby boomers will live to their eighties and beyond, and it’s estimated that by 2050, there will be 3.8 million people on the planet over the age of 100.
Yet only a handful of companies recognize that this new wave of consumers are hungry for the kinds of adventures they have waited their whole lives to experience. Baby boomers are turning to adventure travel in droves, and that is why we have designed a unique program to allow baby boomers of any age to become whitewater raft guides, with an exciting four day intensive raft program on the French Broad River in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina!
This accelerated program will dive headlong into a series of whitewater training exercises combined with a classroom education, to teach everything from proper inflation techniques to the basic uses of ropes and riggings, to paddle commands, ferry angles for crossing currents, how to get a raft unstuck from rocks, and swimming techniques in swift water. Participants will have the chance to guide a trip at the end of training, and the festivities will conclude with an awards ceremony at the Hot Springs Campground with a full Southern barbeque.
Whether you are looking to improve your existing whitewater raft skills, or you want to take the grandkids boating, French Broad Rafting Expeditions Fantasy Raft Adventures is the accelerated learning experience for you. Class sizes are limited to a total of 12 students to provide each participant with the opportunity to practice their whitewater raft skills on Class Two, Three and Four rapids on one of the oldest rivers in the world, surrounded by breathtaking scenery in one of the most celebrated parts of the country. Asheville was recently named one of the top five places to live based on our commitment to sustainable living, organic farm to table culinary experiences, the arts, and a beer culture that is second to none. Oh, yeah, and we have the Biltmore Estate as well!
Participants in this program will be provided with all necessary raft gear, from personal flotation devices to helmets and paddles. Coffee and pastries will be provided each morning before departure and every lesson comes with a full lunch at the covered pavilion. Transportation to and from your accommodations to the outpost will not be provided, however all transportation from the outpost to the put in and the take out will be provided along with the bus trip back from Hot Springs Campground on Monday afternoon. Travel and other accommodations are not included in the cost of this package, but we will be happy to provide recommendations for hotels and rental properties as well as restaurants, spas, shopping, and other activities.
Total cost of the four day intensive Fantasy Raft Guide School is $750 per person. Participation is incumbent upon the number of people who enroll. We need a minimum of ten participants per class, so if classes do not full up, your deposit will be refunded in full. You must know how to swim and be in good health in order to be able to qualify for this class. All participants will be required to sign a waiver indemnifying Adventure Rafting Expeditions in the event of injury or death.
For more information, visit our website at babyboomeradventure.com