This is one of two tubing companies. On the outside, they seem to be the same, but there are several differences. Helen Tubing (Pink) is cheaper than Cool Water Tubing (blue) ($5 vs. $9). You can purchase a "push-off" stick for $5 from Helen Tubing. You can rent the push-off stick for $5 from Cool Water Tubing. Believe me, you want the stick, a 1x2 inch stick about three feet long that you will use to push off of rocks as you float downstream.You will also want water shoes, something with traction for stepping on the slippery river bed rocks. They sell them at the tubing places for $10. Other difference is Helen Tubing's ride is a lot longer, which means you're going to encounter a lot more of those rocks you need to push off. Cool Water's ride is not as long as you put in PAST a lot of those annoying rocks. And, yes,the other reviews are right. It's not a leisurely float down the river. You will work to push off of rocks and, unless you are incredibly nimble, you will probably slip in the river more than once. So, expect a few sore muscles and bruises during the two-hour "float." But, it is fun!