Book your SUP tour with an experienced guide or rent your SUP equipment. Stand-up paddling has become a way of life in Switzerland and has experienced a real surge in popularity in recent years. There are already quite a few SUP spots on several lakes and rivers. For example, you can find SUP schools on Lake Biel, Lake Brienz and Lake Lucerne, just to name a few.
Stand-up paddling (SUP) is a water sport in which you stand upright on a buoyant board and move with the help of a paddle. In this way, even long distances are overcome and with increasing skill, you progress faster and faster on narrower boards
How do I choose the right board for SUP?
Due to the increasing popularity of this young water sport, more and more manufacturers are launching these boards on the market. In addition to traditional sports equipment manufacturers, these are also increasingly newcomers. Choosing the right board from the wide range is not easy for newcomers to this sport
It is important that a good SUP board for beginners is nice and wide. It must be stable in the water and offer good riding characteristics. With at least 78 cm width you can keep your balance best as a beginner. Also make sure that plenty of accessories are included in the delivery. In no case should you use one of the conventional surfboards. They are too narrow and not suitable for Stand Up Paddling. The boards do not sit well in the water and are therefore too unsafe.
Can I practice SUP in any weather?
In principle, yes, but in bad weather and at night a white all-round light must be fitted. This is required by law.
What regulations do I have to comply with when SUP?
For all water sports, each person must carry a life jacket or life preserver. Wearing it is not mandatory, but recommended from a certain distance from the shore. After all, your safety should be important to you. From 300 meters from the shore you must have the vest on the lake. On the river it is always mandatory. In addition, your board must be marked with your name, address and telephone number.
Why is SUP experiencing such popularity in Switzerland?
Switzerland has a water network of 65,000 kilometers of rivers and streams. In addition, there are 79 lakes, which have an area of at least half a square kilometer. In addition, there are 6,668 small lakes. In addition, all lakes and rivers are wonderfully accessible by public transport. Marveling at the landscape from the water reveals entirely new vantage points. This makes SUP a mixture of outdoor activity, relaxation and sightseeing.
What are Liquid Trails in SUP?
Liquid Trails are paddling routes. They have been selected by experienced stand-up paddlers as particularly suitable for SUP. Of course, you can also paddle these trails by kayak. So far, there are seven such trails in Lake Lucerne alone. Other trails have been found in Lake Sempach, Lake Hallwil, Lake Zug, Lake Lauerz, Lake Alpnach, Lake Ägeri, Lake Siehl, Lake Sarnen, Lake Sils, Lake Wägital, Lake Brien and Lake Lunger. SUP is also practiced on rivers. The first official trail is on the Reuss.