Fribourg, Lake Gruyère

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 Fribourg we visit Lake Gruyère where we spend two days paddling this beautiful natural paradise. Lake Gruyère is known for its serene nature and stunning mountain scenery. We also visit the peaceful Île d'Ogoz island in the middle of the lake and explore the several vestiges of former times, including castle ruins and a chapel.

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 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.

Accomodation

Camping du Lac, Gumefens. Tent spaces for rent. We have reserved enough tent spaces for this trip. Please get in touch with us, if you are interested in a tent space. Reservations can be made untill the 14th of July.

Meeting Point

Camping du Lac, Gumefens. Meeting at 9am on Saturday for a coffee before heading out on the lake.

Getting here

Closest train station SBB/FFS Fribourg is situated 1 hour bus ride from Gumefens. Get off at Gumefens, Lac bus stop and walk 650 metres to the campsite.

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 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.

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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