TSAF instructors conduct a trial run in Subernarekha on October 6
Do swirling waters pump adrenaline through your blood stream? If yes, head for Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) right now.
Jharkhand’s Mecca of thrill sports in Jamshedpur has revived its river rafting programme after a hiatus of five years and the first tantalising show for adventure junkies has been slated for a week from this Friday.
“The rafting course will start at Manikui in Chandil and end at Domuhani in Sonari. In short, enthusiasts will cover a distance of 15km in Subernarekha river for Rs 600 only,” said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.
The thrill quotient for participants will be higher because of the monsoon largesse. “The river is swollen and ready for rafting. We are looking forward to welcome a good number of people for the exercise,” Kapadia said.
He added that to test waters, TSAF instructors had conducted a trial run on October 6.
The foundation had discontinued its river rafting programme after 2008 because of acute manpower crunch. “Rafting used to be a regular feature some five years ago. Dearth of instructors and our packed outdoor leadership programmes in the Himalayas had our hands tied. But now, we have found a way out by recruiting additional instructors to conduct local programmes,” the TSAF secretary said.
The first lap of this exhilarating water sport will conclude on October 24. “For starters, it is a week-long programme. Depending on the response, we may announce the next phase,” Kapadia said.
The TSAF will provide rubber boats, oars, life jackets and experienced instructors. Seven persons will be accommodated in each boat. “We plan to start the programme with four boats, which means 28 people can take part in one go,” the foundation functionary said.
Participants will have to be 12 years and above. They will have to report at the TSAF office at JRD Tata Sports Complex at 6.30am and will be ferried to Manikui by bus. Packed breakfast and water will be allowed.
The dress code for men is tees and shorts, while women can wear salwar-kameez. “The course will end at 1pm at Domuhani. Our bus will transport participants back to the TSAF office,” Kapadia added.
Interested candidates can call TSAF at 8804763510 and 8092565470 or email at email@example.com.