The Aare Etappe 2:
Thun – Niederried


  • 31. Juli – 1. August 2021


  • 2 days


  • CHF395


  • 1:4


  • Dave & Karel

Course description

The second Etappe leaves the big lakes of the Jungfrau Region to hit the liveliest section of white water of the trip between Thun and Bern where we have eddies and waves to play in. This fun and scenic journey, with the Blümlisalp and the peaks of the Bernese Oberland in the background ends with the highlight of paddling through Switzerland’s capital city Bern.

The second day continues along the more natural and picturesque side of the Aare, around Bern towards the Wohlensee. The character changes with more woodlands and a gentle flow.

The trip includes sections of grade II and long stretches of paddling so it is necessary to have some prior experience on the river and a good foundation in forwards paddling technique. Attendance of our River/Tide Race and Lake Training courses or equivalent would be advantageous.



Our guided river weekends are aimed at paddlers who have experience on the river and lake completing our lake courses and river / Tiderace courses or equivalent.



We camp at TCS Bern-Eymatt. It is also possible to rent a bungalow, caravan or pod.


Meeting Point

Meeting point TCS Bern-Eymatt on first course date at 9:15AM (we drive then together to Thun).

Course pictures

Our Coaching Philosophie

Individuelles Seekajak Coaching ist unser Herzensangelegenheit. Wir holen dich dort ab, wo du bist und begleiten dich bei dem, was du erreichen möchtest.

Durch unsere mehrjährige Erfahrung auf dem Meer verstehen wir, was das Seekajak Fahren wirklich ausmacht und sind passioniert, dieses Wissen auf eine möglichst effektive und nachhaltige Art und Weise weiterzugeben. 

Lerne Seekajak Basics auf dem See, der sich super eignet um Sicherheit für die ersten eigenen Paddelabenteuer zu gewinnen oder buche einen Finetuning Kurs, der dir wichtiges Werkzeug mitgibt, um auch auf dem Fluss oder sogar auf dem offenen Meer paddeln zu können. Egal, ob kurze Trips auf dem See in deiner Nähe oder Langstrecken und  Expeditionen, die Planung von Trips auf dem Meer oder das spielerische Paddeln mit dem Seekajak zwischen Felsen und in den Wellen. Wir begleiten dich dabei!

Alle unsere Coaches “durchpaddelten” mehrere Seekajak – Qualifikationen auf dem Meer und teilen nicht nur die Leidenschaft für den Sport, sondern auch für inspirierendes Coaching. “We make you feel the learning” ist unsere Philosophie.

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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

As usual, had a great time with Hightide. They never disappoint with their professionalism, responsiveness to the needs of paddlers and they are always good for a laugh. Highly recommended!

Simon Parker

Friendly staff, professional attitude

As a complete stranger to kayaking I did not expect this amount of progress I made in the course of a single day, the topics were carefully selected and built on top of each other, the instructor was easy going and relaxed, without making any compromises to safety.


Private Coaching (3 hours)

Excellent coaching session where I quickly enhanced my technique of turning, apprehend safely a rapid u-turn, optimize my move forward and learn how use the minimum of energy. It is exactly the type of coaching session that I was expecting, in order to get more familiar with my boat and the water element. On the top of that, conditions were perfect and the scenery of the lake is simply magical. Highly recommended.

Luc Bouley

Directions to Camping Eyematt, Bern

Car Share

> If you’re coming by car and want to take someone with you, please get in contact with us and we can let the other people know

By car

> from Bönigen: 1h
> from Bern: 10min
> from Zurich: 1h, 30min
> Parking at the campsite
> Coordinates >> 46°57’52.5 “N 7°23’01.7 “E

Public Transport

> Train to Bern
> Bus B 101 1311: Bern to “Eymatt b. Bern, Camping”
> Direction Hinterkappelen, Schlossmatt
> Always :01 & :31 minutes past the hour
> Journey time approx. 15min

Dave Storey

Managing Director Operations, Head Coach & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

Peter Blik

Senior Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

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