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A brief History of Rafting Life.

1995 – 2005

The Humble Beginnings

First time I heard of rafting was in Nepal during my first trip over seas. I signed up for a 5 day trip on the Kali Gandaki. Returning home, then moving to Banff, Alberta another raft trip happened. This time in Idaho on the Jarbridge and Bruneau rivers.

I was hooked and with that I started raft guiding in 1997 on the Bow River in Alberta with Rocky Mountain Raft Tours. At the same time I learned how to kayak, spending many days on the Kananaskis river, with a Dagger Crossfire. 

March 2005

A Blog Is Born

In 2005, while working in Honduras, I decided to start a blog. I had my first digital camera and wanted to share some of the images and stories from my travels. Sitting in the upper computer shop in a mall in La Cebia, the blog was born. It continues to evolve, as we all do through life. 

February 2008

Guiding full time around the calendar year changed this year with a siginifcant shoulder injury while working on the Futalefu. This lead to taking a large amount of time off and a time of wondering if I would get back to paddling. 

After a 1.5 yr break from Whitewater it was possible to step back to the river with the help of family and friends. The river contiues to bring joy and happiness to me. 

September 2010 – 2017

Kayaking instruction and teaching rafting has come along with working at Strathcona Park Lodge teaching the Whitewater Kayaking component of the COLT program, the rafting takes place at School District 69 as part of the ROAMS program. 

Both of these programs are fantastic and great to introduce adults and teenagers to the river. 

Now paddling through the Fall, Winter, and Spring, sharing the love of Western Canoeing & Kayaking and Whitewater. 

Who is Rafting Life

Dave Prothero has been Rafting and Kayaking around the world over the last 20 years. Spending the last few years on Vancouver Island exploring the multitude of rivers this Island has to offer. While also working as a Kayaking Instructor for COLT program and SD 69 with the ROAMS program. Part of the his summers are then spent in the Yukon guiding Multi-day trips on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers. 

David Prothero

Guide/ Instructor/ Writer/ Photographer

See You On The River

Thank you for stopping by, look forward to catching up with you on a river. Time to go for a paddle.

Contact Rafting Life

Interested in rivers from around the world? Rafting Life is and loves to share those stories with you. Look forward to hearing from you. 

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