Borderlands, the adventure activities company, is planning to replace the sport of white water rafting in Sri Lanka with white water canoeing. White water rafting can be practiced only in rivers which can produce large and medium scale hydroelectric power. All such rivers have now been dammed, and with the Broadlands dam being built, the flow of the country’s last possible remaining section of river in Kitulgala, too, will be diverted.
Borderlands has begun to ready its team for this outcome by providing new skill sets for their guides. Experts have been instructing Borderlands guides on white water canoeing, preparing them for a certification programme with Paddle Canada in Open Tandem White Water Canoeing. Borderlands hope to set the foundations of an organisation that will meet international expectations on safe and professionally delivered adventure activities. Borderlands believe that canoeing will replace rafting and will equally satisfy lovers of adventure activities.