Descending the Ardèche is not dangerous in itself, as long as you observe the basic safety rules: never leave your lifejacket on, never dive or jump into the water recklessly, and never rush your boat into the rapids without first assessing the trajectory.

Nevertheless, to be safe on any river, you need to know how to calculate the risks according to your knowledge and skills, and take into account all the recommended safety instructions. That’s why we’ve created this FAQ, to help you prepare for your canoeing trip down the Ardèche.