Ticino, Lake Lugano

Our Improver Weekends are aimed at paddlers who have tried it before and who want to explore some of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland whilst further developing your skills.

On our Improver Weekend trips we paddle around 15 km per day for 2 days. We start the weekend on Saturday morning but often meet up already on Friday evening for a drink or dinner as most of us tend to stay at the campsite or nearby.

What to expect

In Ticino we visit Switzerland’s most southerly lake, Lago di Lugano, dotted with palm trees and spectacular mountain scenery. The shape of the lake offers ever changing views and provides lots of possibilities to explore, with good food, coffee stops and the pretty fishing villages of Morcote and Gandria to visit along the way. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site and really gets you into that holiday feeling with its Italian flavour and laid back atmosphere.

We spend two days on Lago Lugano to really take in Ticinese ambiance and culture. We start the course officially on Saturday morning but we often meet already on Friday evening at the campsite and take the opportunity to sample the great Ticinese food at the local pizzeria. So if you arrive on Friday and fancy joining for a dinner, drop us a line.

On the first day we paddle form the campsite accross the Italian border to Porto Ceresio and return via the famous Morcote. On the second day we continue our journey towards Lugano with the option of passing by Gandria, before completing our journey in Lugano itself.

As with all our tours, we also take the opportunity to help develop your skills, improving your forward paddling technique and manoeuvrability in your kayak. These trips are our improver courses built into a journey and we aim to help you become a stronger paddler, as well as exploring a new area and enjoying a great weekend away


Some paddling experience and completion of our Sea Kayak Skills and / or Rescue Skills Day.

What’s included

Experienced British Canoeing qualified coach, small group ratios (6:1), top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed and a photograph package of your time with us on the lake.

What to bring with you

Swimming clothes, towel, sun protection, footwear that you can get wet, change of clothes, packed lunch (if required - your guide will inform), drinks and snacks, camping gear (if camping).

Please send us an email with your sizes for clothes and shoes and your height and weight after your booking so we can bring you the most optimal kayak and paddling gear. Your coach will also send you an email before the weekend to update you on the details.

Meeting Point

Camping Monte Generoso;
Via Tannini 12, Melano

Meeting at 9am on Saturday for a coffee before heading out on the lake.


Camping Monte Generoso; Via Tannini 12, Melano. Tent pitches and shared or private caravans to rent.

For rooms, contact Ristorante Della Stazione (600m from the campsite) or B&B Il Vigneto (1,8km from the campsite). Bookings can be done directly with the accommodation provider.

Getting here

Closest train station SBB/FFS Maroggia-Melano is situated 600m from the campsite.

If you arrive by car but are not staying at the campsite, you can still park there for the day as long as they have space.


Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.


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.

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