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Whether on the Aare, the Limmat, or the Rhine: dinghy boating is a leisure activity that is possible on almost every river. More and more providers offer the boat ready to float and pick it up again at the drop-off point.
Weirs with their barrages and water rollers are a great and often underestimated source of danger. It is important: Before each river power station, you have to ditch, carry the dinghy around and ditch/enter again. Also bridges, course ships, ships (navigation signs on poles in the water) and larger boulders can become a danger for you. Water eddies often occur there as well, and people like to underestimate them. Sometimes signs warn "Caution surge water". Below hydroelectric power plants, sudden floods can occur. You should take these warning signs very seriously and, if the water is rising rapidly, leave these places as soon as possible. In the years from 2011 to 2020, an average of 45 people per year died in Swiss waters
Since in principle all rivers and parts of rivers in Switzerland are suitable for a Böötle, here is a list of special danger spots in the Aare, Limmat, Reuss, Rhine and Rhone: - Aare: 20 barrages/weirs upstream of the Ruppoldingen, Gösgen, Aarau, Rüchlig, Rupperswil-Auenstein, Wildegg-Brugg, Beznau, Klingnau, Aarberg, Bannwil, Felsenau, Flumenthal, Hagneck, Mühleberg, Niederried/Radelfingen, Wynau, Brügg, Interlaken, Kallnach and Schwarzhäusern power plants; Danger points are also the Aarewaage "Woog" Aarburg and the Aareschlucht, Spornverbauungen with backwaters at Kehrsatz-Muri as well as the Uttigen wave, Nydeggbrücke. - Limmat: 10 weirs/barrages upstream of the Stroppel, Höngg, Turgi, Schiffmühle, Kappelerhof, Oederlin, Aue, Wettingen, Dietikon and Letten river power plants. The Höngg weir in particular is repeatedly the scene of serious accidents. - Reuss: 8 weirs before the power plants Bremgarten-Zufikon, Bremgarten-Bruggmühle Windisch, Amsteg, Wassen, Mühlenplatz, Perlen and Rathausen; danger spots Gnadenthal and St.-Anna-Loch. The weir at Reussbädli just before the old Kunz spinning mill in Windisch is particularly affected. - Rhine: 11 barrages upstream of the 12 river power plants Reckingen, Albbruck-Dogern, Laufenburg, Säckingen, Ryburg-Schwörstadt, Rheinfelden, Augst-Wyhlen (two), Rheinau, Schaffhausen, Eglisau-Glattfelden, Birsfelden and Kembs; danger spot Koblenzer Laufen. Schaffhausen is a popular destination from Stein. - Rhone: 4 barrages before the Chancy-Pougny, Gletsch-Oberwald, Verbois, Massaboden hydroelectric power plants
Safety items include: Life jacket with collar, dry bag, paddles and air pump (provided for boat rentals and guided tours) Sunscreen, headgear, enough water to drink, sunglasses The paddles should be strong and divisible and made of aluminum tubes with metal spring locking system (cost: about 70 CHF). For pumps, foot pumps are recommended (from 10 CHF). Not safety related, but important: swimwear, large bath towel trash bag wetsuit for cooler water temperatures (can be rented) sweater, if going into the evening hours comfortable flip flops lighter and kindling cubes for BBQ Emergency kit for man & rubber boat: pocket knife, duct tape, band-aids, après sun lotion waterproof camera, waterproof case for smartphone, etc. Cooler box for drinks and food Rope to tie down the boat during breaks With a collapsible boat trolley, you can pass power plants and weirs in a power-saving way.
Since 01.01.2020 there are stricter safety regulations. With the Böötle since then must be either a life ring per boat or per person a life jacket with collar. The Federal Office of Transport (FOT) has issued rules for safe river travel in rubber boats: - Wear a life jacket on rivers; carry a life-saving device according to the Inland Navigation Ordinance on rubber dinghies, paddle boats, row boats - boats shorter than 4 meters must be labeled with name and address, preferably also with tel. no. It must be clearly visible and is potentially life-saving. This includes beach boats, rubber boats, standup boards, paddle boats, racing rowboats or surfboards. - Only persons who are fit to drive are allowed to drive a boat (no alcohol, drugs, etc.) - course boats always have the right of way (keep sufficient distance) - controls are carried out by the responsible cantons and their police units. Since 2020, they also issue fines. For example, non-compliance with the labeling costs 40 CHF and the absence of a life-saving device 50 CHF. By the way, flotation devices are not considered life-saving devices. Although the alcohol limit has been lifted for boats under 2.5 meters and non-motorized rubber boats under four meters, whoever is driving the boat is not allowed to drink alcohol, otherwise they are not fit to drive.
Put on life jacket - keep maximum load of the boat (is indicated on each boat) - do not tie boats together - explore unknown river sections before the trip - only good and experienced swimmers into open waters (rivers, ponds and lakes), - the colder the water, the shorter the stay in it
- protect from cold: do not stay too long in cold water, this could cause muscle cramps - protect from sun: Headgear and sunscreen - do not tie boats together, otherwise you will be unable to maneuver - do not tie people to the boat: if the boat gets stuck, they will be pulled under water - before the trip, check where it is easy to get in and out of the boat