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Switzerland might be known a lot more for its mountain sports rather than it's water sports... But, with so many lakes here there is some possibility to enjoy the water. The usually calm conditions on the lakes lend themselves best to sports like Stand Up Paddle (SUP), kayaking or rowing. There can however sometimes be conditions for wind sports such as wind or kitesurfing and sailing also. 

These pages should give you the opportunity to ask questions about watersports in Switzerland and hopefully get some answers to help you get out on the water as much as possible. 

You will find some watersports related blog posts on www.wannabewatersports.com which will give some information about getting on the water in Switzerland. 

Hopefully, see you on the water soon. 

Topic starter Posted : 10/02/2021 4:33 pm
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How easy is it to get the Swiss sailing certificate to allow you to sail here in Switzerland?

Posted : 13/09/2021 2:51 pm
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Hi JudgeFred (Fred?)

If you have sailed before then the Swiss Sailing "Schein" is not that difficult. I used an app to practice for the theory test and then for the sailing certificate I took 2 or 3 lessons with a sailing instructor just to see how they wanted it done here.

There is more information on sailing in Switzerland and the test process here:


It's definitely worth taking the lessons as they really want things done their way, but the examiner that I had was quite relaxed in the end when he saw that I had sailed in the past.

If you have not sailed much then it may take some time to get comfortable in a boat here as there are not many days with consistent wind - unless you go to some of the lakes with Thermal wind.

Topic starter Posted : 13/09/2021 3:29 pm