Am I gunna drown?

Hi everyone,
I’m new to pack rafting, I just got an unrigged explorer with out a spray deck. The rivers I float are usually class III or less. Am I going to turn my boat into a bathtub with out the spray deck or should I invest in one? Thanks for the support.

I paddle my unrigged Explorer in Class 3 without a spray deck, it goes ok but does fill up with water a lot which requires stopping and emptying on a regular basis. I have also found that on bigger drops etc it fills up badly and makes getting out of holes etc quite difficult to the point of being almost dangerous at times. I am going to get a decked raft for my whitewater paddling.


“Class III or less” is a big range…
If you are paddling bona fide whitewater, you probably want the deck.