Whether it’s windsurfing, sailing, swimming or diving, Lake Constance offers a whole host of options for water sports enthusiasts. Visitors of all ages can create their own bespoke water sports programme in Constance, the largest town in the region where Germany borders Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Wallhausen, for example, boasts one of the best diving areas on Lake Constance. There are also pedalos, motorboats and sailing boats for hire, and plenty of windsurfing hotspots, while the local sailing schools offer beginner’s classes, sailing trips around the lake, and examinations for the Lake Constance boatmaster’s certificate.
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Water sports options in Constance (selection)
Windsurfing lessons, board hire and loads of fun: the Surf Bauch windsurfing school in Staad, the oldest in Constance, has been offering exceptional windsurfing experiences since 1973. Surf Bauch offers exciting events for beginners and old hands, and has the right equipment whether you prefer windsurfing or standup paddle boarding. Used windsurfing boards are also available to buy.
Lake Constance, with its islands, unspoilt nature and medieval towns and villages, is one of the most beautiful canoeing regions in southern Germany. The La Canoa KanuZentrum Konstanz offers exciting day trips and laid-back canoeing holidays. It has a network of over 30 canoeing stations where locals and visitors can hire a canoe and discover a whole new side to Lake Constance. The canoes can be dropped off at any of the stations for greater convenience.
The Segelschule Konstanz sailing school provides expert theoretical and practical lessons with a focus on the Lake Constance boatmaster’s certificate for motorboats and sailing boats. Centrally situated in the Stadtgarten municipal gardens, it offers courses for basic certificates and advanced certificates, such as the sports boat licence. The lessons are tailored to individual abilities and can be taken as part of a day or intensive course, or over a weekend or a week.
Wilde Flotte in Wallhausen provides courses for the Lake Constance boatmaster’s certificate for motorboats and sailing boats, and the sports boat licence for coastal waters. It also offers a varied sports and holiday programme for the whole family. Children aged six and over can learn to sail in a sailing dinghy, while teenagers can take to the water in a daysailer. Adults can choose from agile sailing boats with a keel to Stingray motorboats with a cabin and a 270 bhp engine. Alternatively, a dinghy with a 6 bhp motor provides an easy introduction and requires no licence.
Windsurf- und Katamaran-Segelschule "Tom's Aqua Club" is certified by the Association of German Water Sports Schools (VDWS) and offers a fun environment for learning how to windsurf and sail a catamaran. Course participants are given the step-by-step training they need to master windsurfing, sailing and motor-boating.
Situated right on the lakeshore in Constance, Paddelprofi offers weekend courses and (holiday) tours by kayak and canoe, with a focus on touring kayaks and sea kayaks. Whether young or old, beginner or advanced, each member of the small groups of up to six participants are given one-on-one instruction in paddling and safety techniques. This provides the ideal preparation for an evening paddle on the lake or a longer holiday tour...
Bootsvermietung am Gondelehafen, located in Constance's Stadtgarten municipal gardens, hires out pedalos and motorboats so you can explore and experience Lake Constance for yourself. Whether you prefer to get physical on a pedalo or take it easy on a electric motorboat (for up to five people), getting up close to the water is easy - no licence required!