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Sea Kayak 3: Fine-Tuning

Sea Kayak 3: Fine-Tuning


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  • 1 day
  • 9:15am – 4:15pm


  • CHF260


  • 1:4


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Course description

Our Fine Tuner. There is so much we can learn on the lake that helps us when it comes to paddling in more challenging conditions on the Sea or River or to simply get more out of your paddling on the lakeng course is there for anyone wanting fresh inputs or new challenge into their paddling. It’s individualised and has maximum group size of 4 meaning we have the time to really focus on your needs and aims.3 Sea Kayak Fine-Tuning It’s a course you can keep coming back to when you feel you’d like to take another step forward, and whatever your starting point is, we’ll bring you furt and this course is the perfect jumping board.

During the day we look at different themes including forward paddling, becoming fluid between strokes, using rotation through different movements, developing a stable and consistent edge and effectively driving the boat through an active core and power transfer. Another important element is developing awareness of our own paddling in order to learn better on our own, to experiment and compare to see what works better.

We have the luxury in Bönigen of having diverse places to practice including the beautiful Lake Brienz, the delta and lower part of the Lütschine and the slow moving river Aare meaning we can really make the most of the conditions on the day and find new challenges.



You have already attended courses, are already an advanced paddler and you are fancy for getting new input or a new challenge. Then this is the right course for you!


Our Coaching Philosophy

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.

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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 Bönigen

Map of bus route and walking route from Tnterlaken Ost to Hightide Kayak School

On foot

> Walk from the railway station “Interlaken Ost” to the ships
> Turn right, follow the lakeside path (approx. 35 minutes)
> Walk past the campsite to the Strandbad Bönigen

By car

> car park directly in front of the Strandbad
> Coordinates >> 46°41’24.8″N 7°53’42.7″E

Public Transport

> Train to Interlaken Ost SBB
> Bus 103 Interlaken Ost to Bönigen See
> direction Iseltwald
> always :05 & :35 minutes after the hour
> Journey time approx. 5-10 min.
> timetable
> walk for approx. 3 minutes along the lake

Meet our Coaching Team

Dave Storey

Managing Director Operations, Head Coach & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

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