Increased flows on the Truckee River have made it dangerous for swimmers, boaters, and those on tubes. But it's having a positive effect on the whitewater rafting business in the Truckee area.

Ron Johnson fell in the water during his whitewater rafting tour on Wednesday. “I didn't panic. It was kind of fun actually,” said Johnson. “I kind of panicked a little bit. But as soon as I heard the guide Matty in the background, he told us what to do. He said everyone back pedal and grab him. We got him right out,” said his son Dylan Johnson.

Anna Weber from Raft California says people often mix up tubing down the river, with whitewater rafting. But there is a distinct difference. “Professionally trained guides are in the back of the raft with a lot of safety training. And a lot of safety equipment,” said Weber.

Raft California’s river guides have not only CPR training. They also have wilderness first aid training, swift water rescue training, as well as experience.  In Johnson’s case this helped out a lot. “You should never try to push off the bottom of the river with your feet or try to stand up to slow them down. That’s the first key. If you're going downstream you want your toes at the surface of the water and your nose. So you can kick off of rocks and have more control where you are going,” said Raft California whitewater river guide Teagan Santin.

Tour guides require you to keep your helmet and life jacket on at all times. They guide you into being safe, while having the best time that you can. “There are waves. There are splashes. There is a guide in the back of the boat telling you what to do so you know when to paddle. They navigate you through the rocks and waves safely. So it's really fun,” said Weber. “It's just good bonding with the family. And it’s good for everyone to get together,” said Ron Johnson.

Raft California says the melt runoff while being substantial, has also been gradual. So the increased flows in the river have created a nice long period of high water rafting.