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Welcome to your RuckRaft - we hope it’s going to open up a whole new set of adventures over land and water. On this page we cover:

  1. Be safe

  2. Using the RuckRaft

  3. Care and repair

1. Be safe

The Ruck Raft really is for experienced, competent open water swimmers. Those who know the risks, their limits and also know the terrain and water. Before each use:

  • Check the local weather conditions.

  • Check the condition of the body of water - the temperature, the strength and direction of flows or tides.

  • If you don’t know the body of water well, try to check with someone local who does. Or just be very conservative in your ambition.

  • Make sure you abide by any local conditions for swimming.

If you are new to open water - well don’t use the RuckRaft quite yet. Get confidence and experience first.

The Outdoor Swimming Society has a guide (or two) to safety:

https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/summer-safety/

https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/is-it-safe/

2. Using the RuckRaft

  • Pack your dry bag and make sure you can roll it down 3 or 4 times.

  • Place the bag on the raft with the open (but now rolled down) end sitting on the nose of the RuckRaft.

  • Adjust with the vertical strap so the raft is evenly balanced in the water.

• Strap in your kit with the X straps to make sure it is secure (and you can clip water bottles to the straps for easy access too).

  • The RuckRaft can float up to 15kg but start with less and build up as you become more confident and experienced with the kit.

3. Maintenance and care of the RuckRaft

The RuckRaft is made of tough, marine grade, durable Rivertex materials with high frequency welded seams. The Drybag has no zips to go wrong. However, cross country swimming can be rough and tumble so we can’t guarantee that!

A few basics:

• Do not leave the RuckRaft in the sun any longer than necessary.

• Rinse, hose down the raft in freshwater after a swim (especially if in the Lake District as there is a risk of transferring invasive species).

  • Dry the RuckRaft and bag dry out of direct sunlight before rolling up and packing away until your next adventure.

Punctures. Given the RuckRaft is inflatable, there is a risk. Two fixes.

  1. Gorilla tape - quick and dirty. The Gorilla Tape ‘handy roll’ is described as ‘Perfect for: traveling, camping, boating, sporting and more!’. And they can add RuckRafting to the list, it’s a good portable solution.

  2. For longer term, better looking repairs we will soon have a kit of patches that adhere and bind in water.

Also, the RuckRaft is reversible to some degree so if your puncture is waterside then we recommend patching it up, flipping the raft over for continued use to the puncture side is not submerged.

If the puncture is more of a rip and tear then drop us a line. There are a few solutions with the Bostik 3206 Glue but those are more likely to require a fix by us or the factory.

Happy Cross Country Swimming - it’s about enjoyment not endurance.

 
 
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