1. TENNIS SHOES, AQUA-SHOES, RIVER SANDALS with Straps or other “secure footwear” are needed to protect your feet against sharp objects, cuts, scrapes, bruises and the rocky and often slippery river bottom while walking to and from the entry/exit points for tubing on the Guadalupe River. If you forget your river shoes, Many locations in the area sell them, so no worries! NOTE: Flip Flops are not recommended for River Tubing as they slip and slide easily when wet or muddy and offer very little protection for your feet… they also slip off your feet easily and float away before you can retrieve them… leaving you with bare and unprotected feet!
2. SUN BLOCK or SUN SCREEN should be applied both BEFORE and DURING each float trip or any time you are in the sun for extended periods (approximately every 30 min). It’s a good idea to bring a white T-shirt and put it on if you begin to sunburn.
3. A CAP, HAT or VISOR and SUNGLASSES will help shield your face, eyes and head from the rays of the hot Texas sun. Wear appropriate clothing - IMPORTANT! DO NOT wear long pants, baggy, loose or heavy clothing, that will tangle and/or restrict your ability to swim, which could cause you to drown. Make sure your arms and legs have free movement at all times while you are tubing or when you are in the water.
4. CHILDREN SHOULD be at least five (5) years old or older and MUST be accompanied by an adult for tubing on the river (age limits may change with water conditions). Life jackets / vests are recommended for all children and all non swimmers and are provided “on request” at no charge with your tube rental. There are NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY, you will be on your own, use caution, think safety first! Parents & Guardians – you are responsible for your children… please watch your children at ALL times…
When River Levels are above “Recreational Flows”, the River becomes more challenging and dangerous for children, seniors and non-swimmers. IMPORTANT… The Guadalupe river has no life guards and you will be on your own, use caution, think safety first! Life jackets / vests are usually available for customers who request one, please ask for a life jacket when you get your tube(s). It is highly recommended that you always go tubing with 2 or more people to keep an eye on each other and act as a “buddy system” in case help is needed.
5. CHECK OUR WEBSITE right before you get in the car to head our way to make sure the River is Open. Sometimes a significant amount of rainfall up river (in the Upper Guadalupe River Valley) will cause the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase River Levels at Canyon Lake Dam which are no longer safe for Tubing… generally they give the Public at least a 12 hour advance notice before increasing river levels in large increments. Any changes in river conditions that would affect the safety of Guadalupe River Tubing will be posted immediately on our Website. This is very rare when it happens, but it does happen and thus the reason why we suggest checking our Website right before you head our way. Also while you’re on our Website, it would be a good idea to quickly check our Local Forecast for any drastic changes in weather conditions.
6. Tell Someone Where You Are Going! Tell your friends and family where you are going and your intentions. Make a “Float Plan” and let someone know your plans! Tell them the name of the place you are going and how long you will be gone. VERY IMPORTANT!
7. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER while tubing on the Guadalupe River to help prevent dehydration. River Sports has bottled water for sale if you forget yours!
8. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE OK and legal on the Guadalupe River. Anyone of “legal drinking age” can drink while they are River Tubing, however we ask that you PLAY IT SAFE and use your good judgment. Keep it SAFE and FUN for everyone! Drink Responsibly! If you get too drunk and out of control, you stand a good chance of getting arrested… again, use your good judgment, have a good time and keep it safe for everyone! Play it safe by having a designated sober driver. NOTE: NO Public consumption of ALCOHOL before 12 noon on Sundays, it’s Illegal… wait till 12:01 to start drinking in public on Sundays!
9. GLASS CONTAINERS or STYROFOAM COOLERS are NOT ALLOWED on the Guadalupe River BY LAW and will be confiscated, with possible arrest(s) and fines up to $500. Coolers & Ice chests may be checked for Glass and or Styrofoam at any random time or point on the river by Law Enforcement Officials.
10. PARK ONLY in designated areas, cars in un-designated areas may be towed at the owner’s expense. Before leaving the house, check with your tubing outfitter to find out if parking is free
11. DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR KEYS, house keys, or any other keys on the River… keys don’t float… Locksmiths are expensive! Most outfitters will keep your keys safe while you are floating on the river.
12. DO NOT TAKE ANY VALUABLES ON THE RIVER as most items sink and are never found! Again, always leave your keys with someone not going on the river and place your cell phones, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place! Phones don’t float and do not work very well, if at all, after they have been submerged under water. Many people have lost Wedding rings and other types of rings because fingers tend to shrink after being in the water for awhile, allowing ring(s) to slip off fingers into the river, never to be found again. We urge you to side with caution and do not wear any jewelry while tubing!
13. ATTACH & SECURE PRESCRIPTION EYE GLASSES, EYEWEAR and SUNGLASSES to your face, head or body while tubing. Anyone wearing glasses should have a headband, neckband or float bobber of some sort, preferably the floating type that attaches to each arm or stem of your glasses to prevent your eyeglasses from falling off your face and sinking into the river should you flip your tube over. many stores in the area sell the Float Bobbers that attach to eyeglasses or sunglasses just for this reason.
14. People with Medical Conditions should consult their Doctor before going tubing and subjecting themselves to lengthy exposures in the hot Texas Sun. River Tubing is an Outdoor Activity that can be strenuous on certain individuals with Medical Conditions. Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and follow your Doctor’s orders! If you need to take your medications with you, be sure and pack them in a water proof or water tight container or a zip lock bag and then secure them in a safe place so you can take them at the proper intervals as prescribed by your Doctor. Before getting on the River, please inform your family members and/or friends about your medical condition so if something should happen to you, they will be ready to take charge and act quickly in case of an emergency!
15. Rope Swings, Bridges, Trees and Cliffs line the banks of the Guadalupe River on “PRIVATE PROPERTY” and cross the Guadalupe River at various points. Many people see these interesting points and immediately want to jump, dive or swing into the River… and in their excitement, they fail to check below for shallow water, large underlying rocks or other hazards. Serious injuries and death have occurred because these individuals failed to exercise caution and check things out first. Please check all areas BELOW before diving or jumping into unfamiliar waters. Even after checking below, it is very difficult for the average individual to determine “for certain”, that the water below is deep enough to safely dive or jump into, or that objects are far enough away from the point of impact to clear them safely…. and it is nearly impossible for anyone who has been drinking alcohol to judge things in this situation. We recommend to our customers to bypass or avoid any of these high risk ventures for their own safety. We urge everyone to use their common sense in this matter and again, please do not Trespass on Private Properties, violators can be fined up to $500. Thank You!
16. DO NOT LITTER! Dispose of all trash in litter-bags. Dump all trash in designated receptacles. Help keep our rivers, parks and the state of Texas beautiful. River outfitters will supply a W.O.R.D. (Water Oriented Recreation District) mesh trash bag for your empty cans and trash with each “cooler tube” rental or upon request if you do not rent a cooler tube. Again, please DO NOT LITTER! Violators can be fined up to $500. “DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!”
17. DOGS & Guadalupe River Tubing: Dogs are welcome to go tubing on the Guadalupe River, however, you are 100% completely responsible for the safety and well being of your dog at all times, including its behavior towards other people, other dogs and/or animals…Not all dogs are suited for river tubing (and for some humans as well, as mentioned above)…there are both inherent and unknown risks and dangers on the Guadalupe River…these include but are not limited to injury or loss of life to you or your dog. Know your dog’s abilities and make your decisions accordingly… Some people would like their dog(s) to wear a life jacket while tubing and/or swimming… Please bring your own Doggy life jacket IF your dog needs or requires one. Dogs have sharp claws and occasionally puncture their tubes, Please keep this in mind when deciding to bring your dog and the choice of tube you will have your dog use. Please note, there is a county ordinance for Comal County, that requires all dogs to be on a leash and a fine of up to $500 for dogs running loose. Check out “Possum the Tubing Dog“, she loves river tubing! Possum can usually be found at River Sports Tubes near the Horseshoe on the Guadalupe.
Basis for these rules are courtesy of River Sports Tubes. (830) 964-2450