Hydrospeeding

Hydrospeeding, also known as white-water sledges, are chunky bits of floaty foam shaped so you can fit the top of your body snugly into them, hold on tight & negotiate the river, getting a frog’s eye view! We kit you out with reinforced wetsuits (keeping you cosy & your knees nicely padded), life jackets, fins, helmet & (most importantly) a hydrospeed. After a lesson in how to steer, stop & read the river, you will follow your guide down the river learning about duck-diving & surfing, rolling & spinning! This is as close as you can get to the river & you will learn about dealing with the currents & manoeuvring yourself (& your sledge) around obstacles.

You’ll get initiated in a calm area so you’re comfortable with the equipment & get used to steering & when you’re ready your guide will show you how you can use the rapids, play with the rocks & surf the waves! This is the closest you can get to the river & all that goes on in it & at the end of the trip you will have learned how to literally go with the flow!

The trip takes approx 2 - 2.5 hrs & you’ll get kitted out with all the equipment you need at our base & then driven down to the start point. Your guide will brief you on how to use flippers & the hydrospeed, as well as letting you know what to expect.

Frogs Rafting provide all the material you need to be secure & comfortable: helmets, life jackets, full wetsuits, boots, flippers & hydrospeed. All you need to bring is dry clothes, towels & swimming togs.

The minimum age for this activity is 12 years old. All participants should be able to swim 25m unaided & be confident in water.

Our Hydrospeeding Trips

The Dranse - ‘Classic Trip’

Kitted out in thick, reinforced wetsuits & after a briefing to prepare you for swimming in white-water & negotiating rapids (which appear larger when you’re in the water!) you’re set to head down the river with your guide. You’re in the water for about 2hrs. It’s important that everyone taking part is confident in water & a capable swimmer: you will get splashed.   

Rapids:
II / III
Start:
Drossage
Finish
Base AN Rafting
Approx time:
1hr 30
Difficulty:
3 / 5
Minimum age:
12 years
Price:
€55 / person
Level:
Advanced

The Dranse - ‘Pro Trip’

By invitation only, this trip is for people over 16 who have already hydrospeeded with us. You start at the top of the river & negotiate the grade IV rapids on the way down, getting out of the river where we start the Classic Rafting trip. Max 3 people at one time.   

Rapids:
IV
Start:
The Romain Bridge, by EDF Hydroelectric Plant
Finish
Cassine, Classic Departure point for rafting
Approx time:
2 hrs
Difficulty:
5 / 5
Minimum age:
16 (must have hydrospeeded with us before)
Price:
€85 / person
Level:
Expert
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Beginner
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