Talk about being up the creek without a paddle! Tubing really does see you free-wheeling it down river with nothing to declare but your yells of mania.
We thought about describing this like the log flume at Alton Towers, but with no brakes and it’s a real river, but it’s way more gung-ho. Think a kind of a cross between white-water rafting, solo, and no paddles, but in a much smaller vessel that’s round, like a huge smooth tyre, and you’re out of control careering along, extremely wet, then drifting gently in calmer waters, then being wildly thrown around between rocks and around bends, with only two grips to hang on to…… But don’t panic,
it’s quite safe and you get a comprehensive briefing, full safety gear, wet suits and a fully trained guide/rescue agent to accompany you.
You will be set adrift, all kitted up, on a well-known stretch of river, which has a mix of fast and slow running waters. It’s the ride of your life as you spin, splice and sweep with the current and hold on to the grip-bars to prevent being bucked out of your tube. If you do, you’ll have been briefed on how to handle going overboard, how to get ashore or back into your vessel and there’s always someone on hand to help. Your adrenalin rush will be as fast as the flow.