This sport is available in many areas, but it is particularly popular in the Dominican Republic, where there are many available courses for cascading. Very limited equipment is necessary. A water craft, a paddle, and a helmet will be enough to get you started. Sometimes harnesses are used to help keep the participant in his or her craft, but these are not strictly necessary. Cascading has come to be known as a freer experience that relies more on the skill of the one paddling than on equipment.
If you want to try cascading, it is a good idea to become familiar with your canoe or kayak first. Learning to handle these water craft is much easier in calm water than it will be riding down a series of waterfalls. The skills you learn on less challenging rivers will serve you well when you finally take your craft into more treacherous and exciting waters.
Cascading is an exciting sport that requires a lot of skill, balance, and upper body strength. Becoming skilled at cascading is no easy task, but will be incredibly fulfilling once it is achieved.