What is the princess seat? What is the splash zone? Is it comfortable? These are some great questions that you may have now or when you first arrive at the Grand Canyon. In this blog, we will talk about the seating arrangement on our 35 foot S-Rig rafts, the advantages of our rafts and where to sit.
First of all, it is important to point out that there is no assigned seating. In fact, we recommend that you move around not only from seat to seat, but from boat to boat to get to know your fellow passengers and various guides.
You’ll notice from the video and images that passengers sit in an upright position and have their hips and knees bent at a near 90 degree angle; the back is supported by the duffel behind them. This is one of the most important aspects of our rafts. In this position, passengers are in the most supported and comfortable state. Many other Grand Canyon river companies have rafts with different set-ups that may not offer the same amount of support.
Finally, to the question of where to sit. “The Princess Seat,” which I mentioned in the beginning is located at the back of the boat in between the roller tube (some call it the weenie tube) and the boatman’s box. If you’re looking to dry off, but still want to get a good view, this is the seat for you. It sits a little higher, but is protected (by your fellow guests) from the majority of the smaller splashes.
If you’re looking for the most thrilling spot on the boat, feel free to enter “The Splash Zone.” This is obviously the first one or two seats on either side of the raft. Even smaller riffles will be sure to get you wet.
Insider tip: If you notice someone sitting up front for a long time and they seem a bit cold, offer up your seat near the back so they can dry out and warm up. Likewise, if you’re up front, be sure to ask others if they’d like a turn going through some of the “big ones”. Share the fun!