Stadtwellen’s Introduction to “Urban Swimming”

When the sun comes out, hundreds of locals head to the Aare river for a swim, with the impressive UNESCO-listed Old Town towering majestically overhead. Is this unforgettable highlight something you’ve wanted to experience but haven’t yet dared to try? Stadtwellen’s introductory course gives you the chance to venture into the Aare for a swim in a protected setting.

Trained lifeguards accompany you on your swim in the Aare, helping you avoid unnecessary risks and dangerous situations. You can enjoy your swim in the river while admiring the beautiful backdrop of our capital city.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • When to swim in the Aare, and when it’s too dangerous
  • How to prepare for a swim in the Aare
  • The best places to enter and exit the river

The course is organized by Stadtwellen, an association aimed at promoting safe swimming in the Aare river. Participants are accompanied by lifeguards representing the Swiss Lifesaving Society (SLRG) Bern.

  • Information and Price
    Dates Saturday, July 28, 2018
    Saturday, August 4, 2018
    Saturday, August 11, 2018
    Start 10:00 a.m.
    Duration 120 minutes
    Price CHF 35 per person, payable at registration
    Cancellation We reserve the right to cancel the event, without rescheduling, due to unfavorable weather conditions (high water levels, chance of a storm). In such cases, the participation fee will be reimbursed.

    Participants will be notified if the course will be taking place or not, at the latest by the Thursday before.
    Safety The course is intended for experienced swimmers only. It is not a beginners’ swim course. Lifejackets will be distributed before entering the river.
    What to bring Please bring a bathing suit.

    Those who prefer not to swim barefoot can bring along their own well-fitting water shoes or Neoprene footlets. Sneakers, flippers and similar footwear cannot be worn for swimming.

    Lockers are available for storing clothes and valuables.

    The entire event is held outdoors. Depending on the weather, please consider bringing sunscreen and a jacket to put on after your swim.
    Languages The course is conducted in English and German.
    Included in the price Lifejacket rental
    1 drink voucher
    Number of participants Maximum of 16
    Minimum age for participation 18 years old
    Route The section of the river from Altenbergsteg to Lorrainebad
    Meeting point The Lorrainebad swimming pool

    Transfers to and from the event are to be organized independently. If you plan to come with your own bicycle or car, please use the official parking spaces. (Please note that these are limited.) The closest bus station is Lorraine, bus no. 20 from Bern main station in the direction of Wankdorf.
    Further information The Aare bag from Bern Welcome can be purchased at the event for CHF 29.00 (instead of the usual price of CHF 35.00).
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    3011 Bern


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