Stadtwellen’s “Swimming in the Aare Safely” Course

The Bernese are well acquainted with the Aare river – and many enjoy a quick dip in the river to cool off during the summer. But few of them know how to go about it safely. Let Stadtwellen teach you how to swim in the Aare safely. Stadtwellen offers guided Aare swimming courses for adults from Bern and the surrounding areas.

The course serves to improve your personal skills. Together with trained SLRG lifeguards, the Stadtwellen instructors show you where dangers lurk and what you can do in an emergency. During the lesson, the participants follow the flow of the Aare on the section from the Engehalde weir to Worblaufen. Besides learning the basics about safe swimming in a river, you’ll also hear some interesting details about the Aare’s history, flora and fauna. Once in Worblaufen, those who are brave enough can test their limits and swim through the Worblaufen waves, under the supervision of the lifeguards. Participants will exit the river at the Aarehütte in Worblaufen.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • When you can 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
  • How to behave in the current, in churning water or in countercurrent

After arriving in Worblaufen, the more relaxed part of the course begins. Participants can refortify themselves with drinks and a snack, and share their experiences.

The course is organized by Stadtwellen, an association aimed at promoting safe swimming in the Aare river. Stadtwellen was founded by members of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bern.

  • Information and Price
    Dates Saturday, July 21, 2018
    Saturday, July 28, 2018
    Saturday, August 4, 2018
    Saturday, August 11, 2018
    Start 3:00 p.m.
    Duration 4 hours,
    of which 1.5 hours are spent in the water
    Price CHF 65 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.
    Required skills The course is intended for experienced swimmers only.
    What to bring Please put your bathing suits on at home, as there are no changing rooms on-site.

    Neoprene suits and lifejackets will be distributed before entering the river, since you will remain in the water for over an hour and we want to keep you from getting cold. Please indicate your clothing size when registering.

    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.

    You can leave your street clothes and shoes with the course organizers on-site, and they will be transported to the place where you’ll be exiting the river, by the Aarehütte.

    The entire course is held outdoors. Depending on the weather, please consider bringing sunscreen and a jacket to put on after your swim or in the evening.
    Languages The course is conducted in German.
    English is available upon request.
    Included in the price Rental of the Neoprene suit and lifejacket
    Map of the Aare
    1 voucher for a snack
    1 voucher for a drink
    Additional drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
    Number of participants Maximum of 32 participants per course day
    Minimum age for participation 18 years old
    Course schedule Registration is at 3:00 p.m. sharp at the Engehalde weir.
    Pick up your lifejacket and Neoprene suit, group assignment and information.
    Participants will enter the water in groups of 8 at a time.
    Refreshments will be provided after reaching Worblaufen.
    The course will end by 7:00 p.m. at the latest.
    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).


    The selected date is binding.
    By registering, you commit to paying the course fee.
    Failure to pay the course fee does not constitute a cancellation of your registration.

    Access the registration form here.

  • Route

    Meeting Point

    Engehalde weir to the Aarehütte in Worblaufen
    The meeting point is at the Engehalde weir (Engerain).
    The Engehalde weir is reachable by foot via the Altenberg jogging path.
    The closest bus station is Rossfeld, bus no. 21.

    Ending Location

    The course’s ending location will be at the Aarehütte in Worblaufen.
    To return to Bern, you can take the S-Bahn from Worblaufen to Bern main station. The S-Bahn station is just 300 meters from the Aarehütte.

    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.)

  • Stadtwellen

    Marktgasse 50
    3011 Bern


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