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Inflatables on the Limmat

Was thinking of buying a big inflatable for Tuesday's day off and spending it in the Limmat. Does anyone know where to buy a big inflatable sofa or chair. Also, anyone know of a decent other river to tackle? Cheers
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Was thinking of buying a big inflatable for Tuesday's day off and spending it in the Limmat. Does anyone know where to buy a big inflatable sofa or chair. Also, anyone know of a decent other river to tackle? Cheers
Note that due to the limmatschiffe you are not allowed to swim in most parts of the Limmat. This is primarily the stretch between HB and the lake where they are active. From HB on to the Letten badi one can swim though, but do not expect the water to be that warm as of yet...
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Re: Inflatables on the Limmat

The Limmat is 9.4 degrees- you are taking your life in your hands if you swim or fall into fast moving water at that kind of temperature. If you want to swim or float on the water, do it in the lake where you can stay close to the edge.

http://www.awel.zh.ch/internet/baudi...elle_temp.html
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Re: Inflatables on the Limmat

Or go to one of the open air pools which are already open, for example Schlieren, Walisellen, Baden, Bad Zurzach, etc etc. Zurich's pools open on 12th May.
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9.4 degrees is not so cold. I've surfed in colder with no wetsuit, maybe for the old and frail.....
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Re: Inflatables on the Limmat

9.4 degrees is not so cold. I've surfed in colder with no wetsuit, maybe for the old and frail.....

True, if you're in a body of standing water like the lake or a beach where you can get out whenever you want, but in a fast flowing river you really need to take care. There's quite some current in some parts of the Limmat and you don't want to get swept away if you do have any problems. Take it easy and don't tackle any bits you don't know.
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9.4 degrees is not so cold. I've surfed in colder with no wetsuit, maybe for the old and frail.....

True, if you're in a body of standing water like the lake or a beach where you can get out whenever you want, but in a fast flowing river you really need to take care. .
9.4 degrees is freezing, and no-one with an ounce of sanity would dream of entering water at such a temperature.

Maybe with a dry or semi-dry suit, or a thick wetsuit, but even at 19C our (covered) pool was cold enough last week that I had to give up cleaning efforts after a half hour. Wearing my 3mm wetsuit.

Thankfully I'd got it up to 26C by yesterday afternoon, so just about tolerable. And it was clean too
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Re: Inflatables on the Limmat

ALdi have 2 person inflatable open kayaks this week, for 199chf. ( includes a pump and avery basic split paddle. I have not taken one out of the box to check on the materials, but they do come with a 3 yr guarantee.
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9.4 degrees is freezing, and no-one with an ounce of sanity would dream of entering water at such a temperature.

Maybe with a dry or semi-dry suit, or a thick wetsuit, but even at 19C our (covered) pool was cold enough last week that I had to give up cleaning efforts after a half hour. Wearing my 3mm wetsuit.

Thankfully I'd got it up to 26C by yesterday afternoon, so just about tolerable. And it was clean too
For a short amount of time < 15 minutes one can swim (thus move and exercise) quite well. eg this is what one does with the Samichlausschwimmen.

18 degrees is the temperature for match swimming pools, and I more than able to swim for multiple hours in that. The trick is that one is actually performing sport the, unlike cleaning a pool for a bit (though I guess that can be an annoying job too)
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Re: Inflatables on the Limmat

In Summer the best place to float is on the Aare river! It's a lot of fun.

In 2008 we used to float at Werd Insel in Zurich. Maybe you still can? It's not as great as near Bern though.
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If you're bored...

http://www.aareschwumm.ch

You can watch people float
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