There are over 6 activities in the Kayak category.
The choice is yours. You can paddle on tranquil lakes, contemplating the surrounding shores and listening to the splash of the paddle. Or you can conquer raging rivers and rapids. In the water castle of Europe you actively experience the wild nature of Switzerland.
Kayaking is suitable for anyone who wants to actively paddle through the different waters and experience Swiss nature. Due to the incredible variety of rivers and lakes in Switzerland, countless routes exist. For children and beginners, calmer water routes or certain lake tours are more suitable, while rushing rivers and raging waterfalls await advanced and adventurous kayakers. Switzerland offers a very special kayaking experience for everyone.
You can even kayak with certain providers if you are a non-swimmer. However, even in a kayak: safety first. To ensure this, the guide should always be informed about any ailments or illnesses (especially back, muscles, joints, etc.), as well as the swimming level. Thus, the route and the equipment can not only be individually adapted, but also the best possible experience on the water can be guaranteed.
Kayaking consists primarily of paddling and maneuvering. You can steer the small, maneuverable boat through a wide variety of water conditions. To do this, you use a double paddle when kayaking. You drive a kayak either alone or in pairs, according to your own wishes
On guided tours you will not only be shown the best and most pleasant technique for paddling, but you will also be introduced to all safety structures, so that a safe and conscientious trip is guaranteed. The tours, which have different levels of difficulty, then take you across rivers and lakes, past pretty shores or over steeply sloping waterfalls.
Whether leisurely or full of adrenaline, Switzerland offers people of all ages and all levels just the right kayak tour.
Confusion is usually caused by the distinction between canoe and kayak, although there is also the so-called "Canadian". Canoe is basically the generic term for the small, elongated boats under which kayaks and Canadians also fall. Nevertheless, Canadians are usually referred to as canoes.
Therefore, in everyday usage, a main distinction can be made between canoe and kayak. First, the two types of boats can be distinguished based on their origins: the canoe originated in North Africa and was used by the indigenous people there for transportation and hunting, while the kayak was used by the Inuit for fishing and sailing on the open sea.
A kayak is much narrower and shallower than a canoe and is also not completely open toward the top, but has an opening to sit. A canoe, on the other hand, is completely open and therefore offers more storage space and the possibility of paddling while kneeling.
The kayak is propelled and steered with a double paddle, the canoe with a single paddle. When it comes to effective driving on different waters, a kayak is preferred for sporting activities, such as whitewater rafting, river rafting or similar, because it is faster and more maneuverable.
Kayaking is a very safe sport. In fact, the BFU (Federal Agency for Accident Prevention) shows that when kayaking, simple measures can help to ensure a completely safe and fun trip. So to ensure your safety during this breathtaking experience, you need to keep a few simple things in mind: To be able to paddle safely on the waters, it requires training. Guided by a professional guide, you can really enjoy the fun of kayaking and stay safe. The Swiss Canoe Federation ensures that kayak guides are expertly trained and can introduce you to the safety structures of water sports
Especially in wild rivers it is important to wear a helmet and a life jacket. In Switzerland vests are compulsory anyway, appropriate equipment is essential depending on the type of tour. When kayaking, weather conditions and water level are also important factors that should be conscientiously checked and appropriately assessed before each kayak tour. On a guided tour, the trained guides ensure that you can indulge in this wonderful water sport in safe weather and water conditions and well equipped!
But of course! In recent years, water sports have also proven themselves popular in winter. In fact, in winter it is possible to enjoy the idyllic silence in the middle of a lake, while you pass snow-covered shores. At this time of the year, not many water sports enthusiasts are still out and about, which is why you can experience incomparable tranquility on the water here. The icy temperatures and cold water are no problem, because it's all a question of equipment!
Packed in warm neoprene clothes, a dry suit, gloves and cap, the feet protected by warm and waterproof shoes and for provisions a warm tea or a delicious soup: and off you go. The preparations are a bit more time-consuming, but it's always worth it.
To go kayaking in winter is breathtaking, when nature and all its beauty are in harmony, and you can experience the wonderful peace on the water. Even in winter, of course, the safety rules should be followed: be sure to wear a life jacket, do not paddle alone, join a tour as a beginner and pay attention to the weather conditions, then nothing will stand in the way of your winter magic on the water.
A kayak is very stable and it takes quite a bit of force to make it capsize. Nevertheless, it is of course possible for a kayak to tip over. But don't be afraid! It is always possible to get out of the kayak, even if it has turned. So if your kayak capsizes, it is usually a case of falling out and climbing back in. If you are in faster and windier waters, you should follow the previously learned instructions of your guide.
This basically involves leaning into your life jacket, stretching your legs out and letting the water carry you, lying on your back, until your guide reaches you. In such cases, you should definitely stay calm and trust the safety instructions of the professional tour guides. Again, if the safety guidelines are followed, it is very likely that your kayak tour will be the best water experience of your life.