Rafting is navigating specialized inflatable rafts down the whitewater. Necessary equipment includes: a wet suit (short or long, depending on the conditions), boots, a life jacket and a helmet. Rafts are navigated by experienced guides, the experts of the watercourse, known as rafters and skippers. The descent often includes 4-8 participants, plus the steersman.

Traditional rafting is a technique that has a long history and tradition. This technique was preceded by a hardwork of dragging trunks from the inaccessable and distant forests to watercourses. Today, traditional rafting implies going down whitewater on trunks constructed into the raft.