Ticino, Lago Maggiore

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 South Switzerland’s largest lake, Lago Maggiore that’s known both for it’s spectacular mountain scenery and shores dotted with palm trees and nice beach bars that invite you for a cooling drink or a refreshing dip in the lake. You can admire the beautiful villas and gardens with exotic plants while paddling the shoreline. 

Lago Maggiore is known for its subtropical climate that produces Mediterranean vegetation. We will also visit the well-known Brissago Islands where you can have around the world trip in the botanical gardens where over 1700 plants are cultivated. We’ll stop in Ascona; a city with a colourful Old Town and a car-free lake promenade with charming little street cafes.

We are staying in Locarno, 25 minutes walk from the Piazza Grande - one of the most famous squares in Switzerland. We spend two days on Lago Maggiore. 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. 

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.

Prerequisites   

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 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 Delta, Via Respini 27, Locarno.We start the course on Saturday morning at 9am. 

Accommodation 

Camping Delta; Via Respini 27, Locarno. Tent pitches and private caravans to rent. Recommended to book ahead as it is a popular campsite. For rooms and apartments, there is plenty of choice in Locarno. City center is 25 min walk or 10 min bus ride (free with the Ticino ticket that you get from hotels & campsites) from the campsite. There are a few hotels around Lido Locarno which is 10 min walk from the campsite. Bookings can be done directly with the accommodation provider.

Getting here 

Closest train station SBB/FFS Locarno is situated 2km from the campsite. You can take bus nr 2 from the train station to Lido Locarno (10 min ride) and continue by foot 10 min to the campsite or walk from train station 25 min.

Weather 

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 long john 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.

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.

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