For thousands of years, the element water has exerted an inexplicable attraction on people as it offers countless opportunities for activities. Whether wildly roaring or gently bubbling, agitated or mirror-smooth: unforgettable tours can be undertaken on lakes, streams, rivers or seas.
- Argentina 34 water sports
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- China 10 water sports
- Croatia 16 water sports
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- Germany 568 water sports
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- Hungary 13 water sports
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- Italy 528 water sports
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- Mongolia 5 water sports
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- Slovenia 5 water sports
- Sweden 37 water sports
- Switzerland 51 water sports
- United Kingdom 9 water sports
- United States of America 25 water sports
Water sports – a little journey through the time
We owe it to the American natives that we are able to travel with canoes and kayaks in our free time today. Indians and Inuit built light boats out of birch bark and animal skins, with which they navigated rivers and lakes for hunting and fishing.
In the course of time, numerous changes were made at the material. Temporarily, canoes were made of wood and aluminium. Today, mainly the light and nevertheless extremely durable plastic GFK is used.
In contrast to canoeing and kayaking, canyoning is a rather new sport. It was not until the 1990s that the sport established in the alpine region – and to this day it is still more of a niche sport.
The right equipment...
…depends on the type of sports you want to practise. However, water sports enthusiasts agree on some items of equipment:
- A life jacket is the number one safety equipment for water tours.
- Special water shoes make it easier to move around in the water and also sit much more firmly on your feet than sneakers.
- The wetsuit is a faithful companion in spring, autumn and winter – but also when the water is cool like in canyoning.
For adventurous sportsmen, the so-called whitewater exerts a very special fascination. It occurs wherever either a high gradient or a narrowing of the riverbank increase the flow velocity of the water.
Whitewater is characterised by an above average fast current and other elements such as whirlpools, waterfalls or rapids. For whitewater sports – such as whitewater paddling, rafting or canoe slalom – artificial whitewater canals are sometimes used.