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WHITE WATER SWIMMING: guided descent

Action, fun and speed - and be one with the water !




Meet at 9:30 am or 1:30 pm in spring and autumn (or 2:30 pm in summertime) at "Adventure forest" (see access map), for a half-day white-water swimming descent.

Our guides hand out the equipment and give a safety talk. Then, we are ready to set off for a descent of the Verdon of 4 km which takes 1h30 .

Aided with a specially designed floating board called "hydrospeed", we use flippers to make our way down the river as indicated by the guide. The first section is easy, it gives you time to practice this particular type of swimming. Then, small rapids (class II) come up before you penetrate inside the entrance of the Verdon Gorges. After a series of class III rapids (medium difficulty), you run the final rapid, which brings you to the Samson Corridor.

All that is left to do is to walk up to the Samson Corridor Belvedere with our equipment on the "Sentier Martel" trail for about 10 mn - our bus is there waiting for you. After getting changed, you are driven back to Castellane.


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More pictures of hydrospeed...


  Video "Hydrospeed on the Verdon"  



Our activities include the following

* Fully qualified and experienced guides,

* Approved (European standards), up to date safety gear (life jacket, helmet),

* Individual equipment adapted to the activity (full-body wetsuit, flippers, floating board, neoprene booties and gloves),

* Shuttle service back to the put-in,

* Insurance (civil liability covering ABOARD Rafting's activities).


Additional information

* Things to bring: swimming costume, towel, string for glasses,

* Minimum age: 16

* No previous experience of white water activities is necessary,

* Being able to swim is compulsory; knowing how to swim the crawl is an aid to swim with flippers.

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Price and booking

* Half day trip (total length of the activity: 3h30): 50 Euros per person.

* For any information concerning booking and cancelation procedures or insurance details, please refer to the "General Terms and Conditions", where you will find a Booking Form.


Period of validity

* April to September

* The Verdon water levels are regulated by the national Electricity Company. In case of low water release, we may perform our white water activities on the Upper-Verdon.






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BP19 - 8, place de l'église
04120 Castellane FRANCE
Tel/Fax: (++33) 4 92 83 76 11