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15.09.2013
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Event Type: Sport
Location: tba but on Lake Zurich

Due to requests we're planning to run two one day courses in Zurich on the weekend of the 14th and 15th September. The cost is CHF180 and includes all equipment, coaching of the kayaking essentials and then in the afternoon a fun wet session learning how to rescue each other, yourselves and looking after yourselves out on the water.

This course is suitable for beginners and definitely recommended if you want to get out and rent your own equipment. Check out our website www.hightide.ch for more information or email at info@hightide.ch

We've also helped to set up a meetup group for people wanting to meet other like minded people, people wanting to try it out and english speaking expats who already paddle in Switzerland.
That's here if you want to have a look:

http://www.meetup.com/Canoeing-and-Kayaking-in-Zurich/

Thanks for reading,
Cheers,
Dave
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Re: Kayak Intro and Rescue Day on Lake Zurich

Hi,
Appreciate I'm responding to a post that is out of date...
I've just bought an inflatable Kayak and planned to use it on Lake Zurich but wondered if I need a licence or anything. I wondered if you might know?
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Re: Kayak Intro and Rescue Day on Lake Zurich

Hi Martin,
You don't need any license...
Just a couple of guidelines:
  1. Always wear a Bouyancy Aid
  2. If you can't rescue yourself on open water then stay close to the shore... If you want to learn how, we offer courses as well as other providers in Switzerland
  3. Watch the weather: strong winds make paddling difficult, and pay attention to the flashing lights, this shows a storm prewarning (60flashes a minute) and imminent storm warning (90 flashes per minute)
  4. Stay out of the way of things that are bigger than you... kursschiff for example
  5. Don't paddle into yellow bouyed areas, (swimming zones or nature reserves for examples around the Islands of Lützelau and Ufenau) otherwise you're liable for a CHF400 fine, which makes quite an expensive outing.

hope this helps,
Dave

Hightide Kayak School GmbH
Dave: +41 79 906 0551
Olivia: +41 79 686 8741
www.hightide.ch
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Hi Martin,
Pay attention to the flashing lights, this shows a storm prewarning (60flashes a minute) and imminent storm warning (90 flashes per minute)l
I am afraid you are a bit out of date with what these mean and wrong with the flashes per minute. It is 40 flashes/min for the lower level and it is no longer dependent upon the time of how soon the strong wind is coming but the level of the expected wind strength:
40 flashes/min 46-61 Kmh
90 flashes/min more than 61 Kmh
See http://zh.stwarn.ch/

I am suprised you aren't aware of this being an instructor...
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I am afraid you are a bit out of date with what these mean and wrong with the flashes per minute. It is 40 flashes/min for the lower level and it is no longer dependent upon the time of how soon the strong wind is coming but the level of the expected wind strength:
40 flashes/min 46-61 Kmh
90 flashes/min more than 61 Kmh
See http://zh.stwarn.ch/

I am suprised you aren't aware of this being an instructor...
It's only just changed very recently. Dave is based down in Grindelwald; I only got notice of the change about 3 weeks ago with a notice included with a Schiffahrtskontrolle invoice from the Strassenverkehrsamt. The change hasn't, to my knowledge, been widely publicised. It's long overdue, though
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Re: Kayak Intro and Rescue Day on Lake Zurich

Hi guys,
Sorry haven't checked the forum since the Summer but I welcome your comments. I was also unaware of the change last Summer, again only brought to my attention in the Autumn.

We have no direct contact with the Strassenvekehrs- und Schifffahrtsamt. If you don't have a registration number I guess they think they don't need to inform you of changes. So for those of you with larger vessels and more contact with these people it's great that you comment on forums like these. So thank you. And the wind strength as you said above a much more useful warning for all water users.

Either way for kayakers, if your not comfortable in strong winds or rough water, and the lights flash, it's time to paddle close to the lake shore or get off the water. Even medium strength winds can cause problems in a sea kayak if you're not used to it.
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