This activity is carried out in groups of about four to six people in a rubber boat and each carrying a paddle as a steering wheel. While river tubing can be likened to single rafting. If rafting using rubber boats, armed with oars and done in groups in a rubber boat, then the river tubing using large inner tires and done individually.
Rafting relies on the team's cohesiveness to maintain the stability and safety of boats, while river tubing relies on individual skills as they walk along the river. Usually the river selected for tubing activity is not deep and the rapids are not too extreme If you want to test the adrenaline with sports tubing, you can visit the area of Magelang, especially in Candimulyo District which has many streams with some providers of river tubing which has the advantage each.
For river tubing with a moderate rapids and challenging enough to test adrenaline, you can use the Little Ubud service provider located in Tampir Wetan Village, Candimulyo District. Here we can trace the flow of Gono River for about 1.5 hours. The water is still clear because it is located in the upstream region of the spring.
This river also has a pleasant view because it is surrounded by fertile rice fields, clean air, and beautiful village environment. To reach this place, we can go to the road that leads to Ketep Pass behind the Blabak paper mill, or from the direction of Armada Town Square Magelang. The location is easy to reach and has a pretty good asphalt road. Before conducting an independent self-tilt with a tire, the guide will conduct a safety briefing.
Many participants are worried about tubing because they can not swim, afraid to drown or drift. Nicky, the manager of the Little Ubud River Tubing, explained that the river tubing is safe, can be done by children and adults, beginners and experienced. Even for people who can not even swim is still quite safe as long as safety equipment and guides can be relied upon.
Limits of height that may try the river tubing at least 100 cm, with a maximum weight of 120 kg. The goal is to remain safe and comfortable, in accordance with the depth of the river and the rapid flow of the river along with its natural conditions. In addition, use clothes that are simple and comfortable. Do not forget to have breakfast, warm up or light gymnast sufficiently to keep the foot from cramping due to cold water temperature and the influence of tire movement following stream flow.
The next step, the participants must choose the tire in accordance with the size of the body, check the condition of the tire and ensure the safety is strong. International standard safety tires have two handrails on the right and left. In Indonesia there are still many who rely on the use of inner tires that have been equipped webing or a special rope to safeguard the tourist's buttocks from the possibility of bumps.
Seirama River Stream
The adventure begins when you are transported pickup from a post about 500 meters to the starting point. Get off the car, you have to walk about 500 meters to the river bank while carrying the tires to be used. The trip is fun because it passes through the rice fields. The scenery is reminiscent of Ubud Village on the island of Bali. After reaching the banks of the River Gono, the tires begin to float. You can wet yourself with cold river water for adjustment. Beware the rocks here are very slippery. You will be assisted by a guide on a tire.
Depth of river water there generally ranged from 40 cm to 1 meter. Probably because the precipitation in September has been greatly reduced when the authors do tubing, so the water discharge is not so big, but enough to wash away the tires ridden. The river tubing journey begins when the tire that sustains your body will move across the winding river, swept away by the swift stream of streams in some places. Laughter mingled as it passed the rapids that colored along the way.
There are about 17 rapids that must be passed on a 2 kilometer river track. This water tour will be more fun if we invite family or friends because it can make various formations and play water together so that the atmosphere becomes more festive. Along the track, a row of large and small rocks scattering block, making the tires you drive circling, banging to the right and to the left. Sometimes the body faces forward, sometimes reversing toward the rear.
You can not always look forward in the direction of a stream, but just follow the flow. There are times when the tire stops because it fails to pass through the rock barriers. Often the participants are released from the tire when passing the rapids. Do not be afraid and panicked because there is a team of guides who swiftly pushed the tire back to track as follow the rapid.