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Beginners Courses Two Days

Lake Brienz

Description

This introductory weekend intends to introduce you to the sport, improve your confidence on the water and develop your paddling skills so that you leave with a firm grounding in the essential techniques of paddling.

Amongst other things, we will look at different methods for getting in and out of the boat and efficient forward paddling and turning strokes. The two day course also gives us the luxury of re-visiting areas that you would like additional coaching in or perhaps tailor the session a little more to areas you are interested in improving or learning more about.

We will spend the majority of the first day perfecting your paddling techniques and, depending on the nature of the course, the second day will either involve a day tour on Lake Brienz or completing a safety & rescue course. The day tour will involve paddling from Brienz to Bönigen, working on our paddling skills, and also visiting the impressive Giessbach Falls. Alternatively, the rescue course (based from Bönigen) will focus on developing your confidence in the boat, teaching you how to self-rescue and also rescue others when out on the water. This is a valuable course as it gives you the skills needed to safely paddle on your own in the knowledge that you are competent in rescuing yourself and others.

Our aim is to make you as self-sufficient as possible and give you a solid grounding in the sport to enable you to go out kayaking confidently under your own steam. We also encourage you to create a personal development plan so that you can continue to practice the techniques that you have been taught on the course.

What’s included

Experienced coach with small group sizes (6:1 ratio of clients to coach), top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed, photograph package of your time with us on the lake.

What to bring with you

Swimming clothes, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water, change of clothes, drinks and snacks.

Where to meet/How to find us

Hightide Kayak School, Am Quai 1, 3806 Bonigen (opposite the Bönigen See bus stop).

If you are staying in Interlaken, Hightide Kayak School is a short bus ride away (no. 103, direction Iseltwald). This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West. Alternatively, if you would prefer to drive, there is free parking situated behind the Hotel Seiler au Lac next door to our office.

If you are feeling active, it is also possible to take a short 30 minute walk from Interlaken Ost along the river to our base in Bönigen.

Weather

Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather conditions provided that it is safe to paddle. Often the weather is better than forecast and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature in all the elements - even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere are beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm wetsuits and high-end paddle jackets to ensure that you are warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we aim to notify you as soon as the decision has been made and we will try to re-schedule for the soonest opportunity.

Insurance

Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

Lake Zürich

Description

This introductory weekend intends to introduce you to the sport, improve your confidence on the water and develop your paddling skills so that you leave with a firm grounding in the essential techniques of paddling.

Amongst other things, we will look at different methods for getting in and out of the boat and efficient forward paddling and turning strokes. The two day course also gives us the luxury of re-visiting areas that you would like additional coaching in or perhaps tailor the session a little more to areas you are interested in improving or learning more about.

Our Zürich beginner courses meet at Uerikon, the grassy area right by the lake, on the road to Rapperswil. From here, we have excellent access to the water, free parking is available and it is just a 10 minute walk from the railway station should you choose to arrive by train.

We will spend the majority of the first day perfecting your paddling techniques and, depending on the nature of the course, the second day of our beginner weekends in Zürich normally consists of a safety & rescue course. The course will focus on developing your confidence in the boat, teaching you how to self-rescue and also rescue others when out on the water. This is a valuable course as it gives you the skills needed to safely paddle on your own in the knowledge that you are competent in rescuing yourself and others.

Our aim is to make you as self-sufficient as possible and give you a solid grounding in the sport to enable you to go out kayaking confidently under your own steam. We also encourage you to create a personal development plan so that you can continue to practice the techniques that you have been taught on the course.

What’s included

Experienced coach with small group sizes (6:1 ratio of clients to coach), top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed, photograph package of your time with us on the lake.

What to bring with you

Swimming clothes, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water, change of clothes, drinks and snacks.

Where to meet/How to find us

Car Park near Erols Café,
Just after Seestrasse 284, 8713 Uerikon
(towards Rapperswil from Uerikon, on the left hand side)

By Car:
• Free parking by the lake but get there early on a sunny day
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By Public Transport:
• Regular trains to Uerikon train station (S7 from Zürich HB)
• Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html

Weather

Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather conditions provided that it is safe to paddle. Often the weather is better than forecast and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature in all the elements - even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere are beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm wetsuits and high-end paddle jackets to ensure that you are warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we aim to notify you as soon as the decision has been made and we will try to re-schedule for the soonest opportunity.

Insurance

Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.