Your checklist to prepare your Canoe-Kayak trip on the Gardon.
What to expect:
Sun protection: you will need a cap or hat, anti-UV care, sun cream; be careful, the sun in the south of France is very hot!
Closed shoes for swimming: the pebbles in the Gardon are slippery and can hurt.
water (lots of water!)
Picnic: store this in the waterproof containers at the back of the craft.
swimsuit: because you won’t be able to resist the call to go swimming, just wait and see...!
Glasses cord: if they fall into the water you can say goodbye to them forever...
Pour les descente au printemps ou automne
Remember to take a windbreaker. If necessary, the Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard can rent wetsuits and neoprene socks.
what’s in for you :
Watertight containers: even if they are watertight, we would not advise you to take valuable objects with you (cameras, gopro, cameras, smartphone, tablets, jewellery, etc...). *
Of course, there are also 1, 2, 3 and 4-seater canoes (this is much better for the trip!). The 3 and 4-seater canoes can accommodate 2 adults and 1 to 2 children under 12 years of age.
Single or double paddle
Buoyancy aids: we're throwing you in the water!
Wearing a waistcoat is still compulsory: it might not be great for your tan, but safety has to come first!
Although our courses are accessible to the whole family, it is important that you you know it is still necessary to :
Be able to swim 25 metres and immerse
Be at least 5 years old and under the responsibility of an adult
Be in good physical condition
Be an initiate for routes longer than 12 km
The team's advice:
Because we're such nice people at the Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard and we really want you to enjoy your descent, here are some hints and tips:
Position the strongest and most experienced person at the back.
When I paddle to the right, I tend up turning to the left (even more so in an arc).
If I push the water forwards to the right, I go to... the right. (This is effective when I have a little bit of speed).
Place your feet firmly on the foot rests for extra tone.
*The waterproof tightness of the containers cannot be 100% guaranteed. The BMG cannot be held responsible for the total or partial destruction or loss of objects and personal effects that are transported in containers and boats.