Hydrospeed is the ultimate of white-water adventure! Riverboarding, known as hydrospeed in Europe, is a great way to truly get up close and personal with the river. Participants are almost completely submerged in water and they must follow the flow of the river as they lie prone on their board which keeps them afloat. The fins on their feet are used for propulsion and steering. It’s an adrenaline filled, adventurous activity which is relatively easy to try.Of course centres that organize this sport also provide a protective helmet and a reinforced wetsuit in addition to the above equipment.
Before you head out on your trip, you’ll take part in a hydrospeed safety and technique lesson, during which you'll learn how to manoeuver your hydrospeed board and how to steer in the water - you'll then venture out into calm water to test your skills... and then you'll be ready to head off on an adrenaline pumping adventure!
You don't need to be an excellent swimmer but you should definitely feel comfortable in water since you will be almost completely submerged. And of course you have to want to have fun!
If you're up to it, you can try challenging descents the very first time that you hydrospeed down a river thanks to your fins that will make it easier for you to swim through the rapids and your board that can be easily manoeuvred.
Hydrospeed instructors have a very important role during all trips: they'll teach you just how to move about in the water, they'll follow you during your descent, they'll suggest which direction you should follow for top fun and excitement, they'll always be right there by your side and they'll rush to help you in case you need it.
The centres that organize hydrospeeding trips will provide all of the necessary gear: a hydrospeed, fins, helmet, life jacket and a reinforced neoprene swimsuit.