Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Event Report: White Water Rafting at Kuala Kubu Bharu

The event of white water rafting was successfully completed on 30th July 2011, Sat at Kuala Kubu Bharu. It attracts many participants but due to limited seats we are only allowed to reserve for 20 seats. It is located about one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor River offers the ideal place for white water rafting with 7 km rafting trail and a cascading rapids of grade 1 to 4 in a thrill ride of about 3 to 4 hours.

Gathering point in front of Post Office, Kuala Kubu Bharu

On the Saturday early morning, there were about 5 participants gathered at IEM Building and the rest preferred to meet up at Kuala Kubu Bharu. On the way, we worried about the weather as there was a heavy downpour. At about 9am, we reached at the destination and had breakfast at a nearby restaurant. There, we gathered in front of post office and greeted by the experienced and friendly guide named Mr Pie. After registration and signing of the indemnity forms, we departed to ‘Put In’ point about 5 km along the Kuala Kubu Bharu / Fraser Hill Road. Upon arrival, drivers will drive their car to the ‘Take Out’ point and transferred back to the ‘Put In’ point by the organizer’s crew.

We were playing “Catch the Paddle” game while waiting the rest to come

At the ‘Put In’ point, all rafting equipments like Helmet, Personal Flotation Device, Paddles were allocated to all participants. While waiting for the participants who had driven cars to ‘Take Out’ point, we played games called “Catch the Paddle” in a circle. When the participants were finally all there then the guides started to brief us about the important tips and safety measures during rafting. It took about 15-20 minutes. Then participants were divided into groups with maximum 6 persons per raft. That day had the most participants according to the guide. It was about 100 participants altogether plus other groups.

A group picture with paddles before starting the thrilled rafting

At about 11am, we start rafting finally. After 5 minutes later, we had a practical exercise at the ‘Flip Corner’ for about 10 minutes. The water level is just good for rafting after raining due to the control of dam at uphill. About 1pm, we had a simple lunch like snickers, apples and some other chocolates to compensate the energy used up during rafting. Everyone was tired at that moment after some rapids.
The Chairman boat and the rest

Another shot with other boat members

There are about 8 rapids altogether according to the guide. Truly thrilling experience! Some of us get thrown out to the rapid flowing water and also at certain circumstances you will find the guide of the boat suddenly disappeared as he also get thrown out into water. The rapids are just strong but it is fun. Throughout the whole journey, we learned to help each other like dragging them back to the boat when they fell down into water. It is a very good teambuilding activity.

Fighting against the rapid

Look! Another rapid right ahead!

That is one of the toughest rapid point where we stucked for about 15min

About 3pm, we were almost reaching the ‘TakeOut’ point. The water starts to calm. Some of us preferred to swim to the destination and enjoy the wonders of nature meanwhile. About 4pm, we had dinner at the ‘Take Out’ point which is also a camp for “Latihan Khidmat Negara”. We had shower there and then group picture before bidding farewell.
Group picture before leaving the place

Prepared by Engr. Mei Wong
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