- Austria 30 canoe trips
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 canoe trips
- Croatia 7 canoe trips
- Finland 59 canoe trips
- France 20 canoe trips
- Germany 484 canoe trips
- Hungary 19 canoe trips
- Italy 14 canoe trips
- Poland 9 canoe trips
- Portugal 10 canoe trips
- Romania 8 canoe trips
- Serbia 13 canoe trips
- Serbia and Montenegro 9 canoe trips
- Spain 4 canoe trips
- Sweden 52 canoe trips
- Switzerland 43 canoe trips
Requirements for canoeing
Canoeing as a leisure activity is pretty easy and can be started by children and adults without any previous knowledge.
Regardless of age, canoeists must be able to swim well to reach the shore safely in case of capsizing. Even good swimmers should wear a life jacket on the water.
Although canoeing often does not involve extreme situations such as wind and high waves, you should check the current wind and weather warnings before doing any activities on the water to avoid putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
Photo: Les Haines, CC BY, flickr.com
Is canoeing dangerous?
Activities on the water are generally not without danger. There are various risks that water sports enthusiasts must deal with. A distinction is made between subjective and objective dangers.
Subjective dangers result from the actions of the sportsperson themself and are their own responsibility. These include:
- Lack of experience on the water and with the equipment
- Misjudgment of wind, weather and water flow
- Group Dynamics
- Misinterpretation of difficulties
- Insufficient buoyancy
Objective dangers, on the other hand, cannot be influenced by water sports enthusiasts. These include:
- Strong wind
- Strong rapids
- Water currents
Nevertheless, canoeing is one of the low-risk water activities, especially if it takes place on calm waters. The risk of injury is higher in whitewater, and the risk of capsizing increases.