Kevin Hart’s talk about whitewater rafting will be sure to make you laugh. The American comedian, actor and producer talks about a TV show that he is preparing to film. The show is based on him doing things that “black people are typically afraid of doing” he said. He gives examples like bungie jumping, skiing, sky diving, and whitewater rafting.
The producers of the show needed to know that Kevin was actually going to pull through on the show and not back out at the last minute. Kevin offered to take his family whitewater rafting to reassure to them that he was capable of doing some of these more adventurous activities.
His description of his experience rafting is humorous, but it is one that many whitewater rafters would understand. All of the ominous safety instructions he was told by guides are not a stretch from what is actually shared with new rafters on a daily basis.
Anyone with previous rafting experience will recall guides giving instruction not to stand in whitewater because of potential foot entrapments, or that you must aid your own rescue by either swimming back to the raft or to one of the shores that a guide identifies before the set of rapids that you hit.
We laugh when Kevin explains it but can all recall the first time we went whitewater rafting and were given similar instructions and likely had a moment of “nah, I’m probably going to sit this one out.”
For those who have been rafting before, you know that it is the people that flip out of their rafts that usually have the most fun and will be the ones sharing their stories by the fire that night. Raft guides are well aware of this and are the first people to purposely flip a raft to amp up the fun. Who isn’t down for a little extra fun in their life though?