Sea Kayak Courses in Switzerland
At Hightide we believe in coaching the individual. On our courses, we take people from where they are at and work towards what people want to achieve. For some this might be gaining confidence to paddle and enjoy being out in nature, for others it means becoming more efficient in order to paddle expeditions or long distances. It could also mean developing the know how to venture out on the Sea or gaining the skills to play on rivers, around the rocks or in the surf.
Whatever your aim, with our wide experience on the ocean and our detailed knowledge of what makes up sea kayaking, we can help you achieve your goals and bring you forward. All our coaches come from a Sea Kayaking background, have qualifications on the Sea and are passionate not only about paddling but also coaching. We’ve spent years learning what really makes a difference in our sport and are committed to delivering it in the most effective way by making you feel the learning!
When you come to a course with hightide you’ll go away with a better understanding of how to improve and have a structure to remember what you have learnt. We believe our job is to set the conditions for the learning to happen so that when you go home it doesn’t stop.
Whether your aim is to explore the lake on your own, or to paddle on the river or the sea, the ideal starting place is on the lake. This is where you can develop solid foundations in order to progress quickly and get the most out of your trips away and time out on the water. Our foundation courses or private coaching sessions give you an overview of fundamentals of sea kayaking and the safety and rescue skills to give you the confidence to get out on your own.
If you’re thinking “what next?” or have been paddling for years without many formal inputs, we recommend one of our lake courses. We don’t follow a fixed syllabus but focus on your needs as a paddler. We develop your skills and knowledge of the fundamentals of sea kayaking, including developing feel, efficient forward paddling, using edge and rotation, power transfer and engaging the core. These are the building blocks for performance in more challenging conditions.
Whether you’re developing your sea kayak skills on the lake or are a seasoned salt water paddler on the tide races of Angelsey, there is always room to further develop our skills. We believe the key to improving technically is focused training on easy water. With this in mind we developed our Fine Tuning course on the lake as course to keep returning to in order to get fresh inputs and prepare yourself for your next adventures on the sea, in the surf or on the river.
If in doubt about where to start, give us a call on +41 79 906 0551 and we can have a chat about your experience and your goals.
Sea Kayak on the Lake
On the lake we offer three main courses in order to work on your skills progression. We have the perfect course for you whether you want to gain confidence to get out on your own, to develop and consolidate or to master the skills in more challenging conditions and become one with your boat.
See Kayak on the River
In Switzerland we have some of the most beautiful river journeys and some of the best white water in Europe. Although they might seem intimidating, they offer in the same way fantastic scenery, plenty of challenges and lots of fun for us sea kayakers too. We love to surf the waves and it will help you to become more fluid and dynamic in your boat.
See Kayak on the Sea
Every course on salt water feels a bit like coming home for us and we are always happy to share this feeling with guests and friends. The skills we practise on the lake and river can be deepened on the sea and transferred into practice between rocks, wind and waves.
Sea Kayak Theory & Planning
Our theory courses are aimed at all paddlers and guides who want to deepen their skills in planning trips in coastal areas with tides and gain more confidence. We look at weather, wind and swell forecasts and consolidate the use of compass and charts. Your next trip is awaiting you.
Sea Kayak Guide Training
We have a range of courses to support you in taking the step in leading others on the water, whether running it’s for running trips with friends, club members or professionally on the Sea. We have courses on the lake and the sea looking at fine tuning your rescues, planning abilities, group management and leadership skills.
Bödeli Kids Kayak Sessions
- Wednesdays (2h)
- CHF 25 / Session
- 6 – 12 years
Off to the water! We take the little pirates with us, no matter what the weather and show them playfully how to maneuver a sea kayak or a SUP on the water. The 2 hour kids paddle sessions take place every Wednesday afternoon and can be booked independently.
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Relaxing outdoor with amazing views
All is very well prepared, the information you get is clear and sufficient even for someone who never did kayaking before. The guides are very friendly and helpful and the lake and surroundings breathtaking.
Karel and Joilen were the best guides.
Karel and Joilen were the best guides . They gave us fun facts about the lakes and the surrounding area, fun treats joilen made us cookies that were amazing and included was plenty of pictures of the whole time!
This kayak tour is worth every penny!
This kayak tour is worth every penny! The guides are amazing, especially Maria!! I would 100% do this again! The pictures also come out gorgeous. I’m more than happy
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