ABOARD Rafting



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AIR-BOAT: discovery trip on the Verdon

The inflatable kayak to paddle solo!



Meet at 9:30 am at our base Adventure Forest" (see the access map)"; wher the guides willo welcome you.
They hand out your equipment and give a brief safety talk. You are now ready to embark on an air-boat descent of the Verdon that will take you from Castellane to "the Pinede beach" (
8 km and 1h30 of navigation).
The difficulty level on this trip is progressive, with an easy first section and a more challenging one at the end. In the first part, you ride mostly small rapids (class II), which gives you time to become fully acquainted with the boat and learn to manoeuver it smoothly. Towards the end of the descent, you hit the exciting "Barre St. Jean" class III rapid (medium difficulty), which is the final rapid of this descent. We stop above it to scout it from the shore. Together with the guide, we then discuss the best way to run it, looking at the different possible routes. Depending on the one you choose, this rapid can be more or less challenging. But it is definitely the place to apply what you have learnt during the trip. If things do not go the way you had planned - no worries : you might take an unintentional dip but the guide is there to help you out and a large pool at the bottom of the rapid welcomes the swimmers, making it a safe and fun run.
When everyone has run the rapid, you then carry on to Chasteuil beach, where the trip ends.
After getting changed, you are driven back to Castellane in the company bus.

More pictures of air-boat on the Verdon...

Negociating the "barre St. Jean" rapid...



Activities include

* Fully qualified and experienced guides,

* Approved (European standards), up to date safety gear (life jacket, helmet),

* Individual equipment adapted to the activity (wetsuit, windbreaker),

* Shuttle service back to the put-in,

* Insurance (civil liability covering ABOARD Rafting's activities).


Additional information

* Being able to swim is essential.

* Minimum age: 16

* No previous experience of white water activities is necessary.

* Things to bring: swimming costume, sports shoes, towel.


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Price and booking

* Half-day trip (total length of the activity: 2h00): 40 Euros per person.

* For any information concerning booking and cancellation procedures or insurance details,
please refer to the "
General Terms and Conditions" section where you will find a Booking Form.


Period of validity

* April to September

* The Verdon water levels are regulated by the national Electricity Company. In case of low water release, we may perform our white water activities on the Upper-Verdon.


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BP19 - 8, place de l'église
04120 Castellane FRANCE
Tel/Fax: (++33) 4 92 83 76 11
email: info@aboard-rafting.com