Here’s answers to our most frequently asked questions about tubing…

  • Do we need any paperwork?

    Yes. Before each activity a waiver must be filled out. A new waiver must be filled out and signed for each day and for each activity before participating. Waivers can be found under the waivers link on our website. A copy of the waiver can be mailed or faxed upon request.
    Minors Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor and must have a parent guardian permission form filled out prior to each activity. The form is available online or can be faxed or mailed upon request.
  • Are videos and photos available?

    At this time there is no video or photographer available, unless a group makes a special request.  We also sell waterproof cameras in our shop.
  • Where do I sit to stay dry?

    Answer: The Bus. You are going to get wet!
  • Where can I put my beer so it does not get lost?

    Short answer: At home. Long answer: Save the bottled fun for after the run. If you show up for the trip intoxicated or on drugs, you will not be allowed to go and your money will not be refunded. Drunk or drugged boaters pose a serious danger to themselves, our other customers, and our staff.
  • Will my tube trip be canceled in the event of rain?

    Antietam Creek or any Guided Trips:  We go if the forecast is sprinkling on and off. If the day is calling for heavy rain, we may call you the day before to  reschedule your trip to another day. If you have any questions about weather, please call us. For Shenandoah & Potomac whitewater tubing, if you want to go, we won’t stop you unless conditions appear severe, otherwise you can reschedule your trip to come another day within one year.
  • How do I get the tube to move where I want it to go?

    Some people choose to just float. However, if you are about to run into an object or would like to help yourself along, you can use your arms as paddles!
  • Can I wear flip flops?

    Answer: Old sneakers or rubber-soled sandals that hook to your feet are the best! Flip flops fall off and no longer provide protection from sharp rocks or possible fish hooks.
  • What else is important to know about clothing?

    Dress appropriately for the weather. Normally bathing suit, and quick dry shorts are advisable. A windbreaker/rain jacket is also helpful to keep the rain out and to help prevent tube rash under your arms if you are an avid paddler!
  • Since I am going to get wet, is it at least OK if I wear my warm sweats?

    Answer: DO NOT WEAR COTTON ON COOLER DAYS. Cotton wicks the heat away from you when it gets wet and will cause you to become hypothermic. Wear wool, or PolyProtm — these will keep the heat in. Sweats are most definitely out, until after you get back to dry land.
  • What about my physical & medical conditions?

    Please inform your reservation specialist before arrival of any physical or medical conditions of anyone in your group. Also inform your trip leader prior to the trip. We highly recommend you consult a physician prior to participating in our activities if you have any concern. We advise all ASTHMATICS to bring their inhalers. We also advise that anyone who has allergies requiring an epi-pin to bring it.Note: We reserve the right to refuse anyone participating in our adventure activities due to physical, mental or size limitations that, in our opinion, would expose that person or group to extreme risk.
  • What are the age limits?

    At River and Trail we have suggested ages for each of our trips. Age limits will change depending on water levels and trip formats.
    Suggested Ages:
    Antietam Tubing 7 yrs
    Shenandoah Tubing 4 yrs (if under 50 lbs must supply own vest)
    Potomac Whitewater Tubing 12 yrs & 90 lbs.
    * Minimum chest size for a Type V PFD is 24 inches. Maximum chest size is 54 inches.
    Minimum weight for River and Trail Trips is 50 lbs.
  • Do I have to wear a life vest?

    Answer: YES Always wear your life vest.
  • Should I bring my camera?

    Answer: Like you, your camera will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again. This being the case, we would suggest a sturdy strap and a waterproof camera. We do sell waterproof cameras in ouroutfitter store.
  • Should I bring my cell phone, wallet or car keys on the water?

    Answer: As stated above “Like you, your cell phone, wallet and keys will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again.” This being the case, we recommend that you DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS ON THE TRIP WITH YOU unless you have a completely waterproof container. Our guided trips carry cell phones for emergency situations. We suggest that you lock your personal belongings in your car trunk and give your keys to our staff. Watches can be worn if they are waterproof. Keep in mind that River & Trail is not responsible for any of these items mentioned that are damaged by water if you choose to take them on the trip with you. We try to keep dry boxes and bags for cell phones stocked in our shop

If you still have a question, just e-mail or call us at 301-834-9950. Please note that your email reply will probably not be instantaneous, especially in the off season.


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