- Austria 31 canoe trips
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 canoe trips
- Croatia 7 canoe trips
- Finland 58 canoe trips
- France 19 canoe trips
- Germany 426 canoe trips
- Hungary 18 canoe trips
- Italy 13 canoe trips
- Poland 8 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 30 canoe trips
- Switzerland 43 canoe trips
Requirements for canoe tours
Canoeing as a leisure activity is basically 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 capsize. And even good swimmers should wear a life jacket on the water.
Although canoeing 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
Are canoe tours 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 sportsman himself and are his 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 the tour takes place on calm waters. The risk of injury is higher in whitewater, although the risk of capsizing increases.
Anyone who is on the water needs the right accessories. Only good equipment increases safety and also the fun factor. To help you plan your next canoe trip, we have compiled an overview of the most important equipment items:
- Life jacket
- Sun Protection Cream
- Rain cover
- Replacement clothing
- Firmly fitting shoes that can get wet
- Map with route and exit points
- Waterproof luggage containers
- First aid kit
- Mosquito Spray