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Since its first appearance 15 years ago, the longe-côte is becoming more and more trendy and is very seducing.
Approachable, friendly and good for your health, there's no reason not to fell in love with it!

Benefits, techniques, equipment, and beginners tisp, we tell you everything you need to know before jumping into the water.

What is the Longe-côte (or aquatic walk) ? 

The longe-côte is originally a method used by the rowing players to build strength using a paddle.
Born in 2005 on the French northern coast, it had been developped by Thomas Wallyn, a rowing professional coach, who was looking for a muscle strengthening  and cardiovascular activity without joint impact.

With its assets and friendliness, this activity gathers more more and participants and is now present on the majority of the french coastline and more recently on lakes.

The longe-côte consists of lunging through the sea in waist-deep water. The participant can use a paddle, in order to gain stability and to walk faster under the water. The paddle is both used to stabilise and gain speed.

The aquatic walk is an all-year activity and is practiced in oceans, seas,or lakes, alone or with a group, on wide beaches whithout obstacle or danger.

What are the benefits of the aquatic walk ?

Obviously, this sport is a a good combination of intense activity and low joint impact. Trendy for people over 40 years old.

The resistance induced by the water is great to strengthen deep muscles, and the buoyancy makes it safe for the joints. The use of the arms, with or without a paddle, also makes a great workout for the upper body.

It builds stamina, the cardiovascular system, and helps for blood circulation. Moreover, the massaging effect of the water and the environment in which this sport is practiced will left you with a deep relaxing feeling.

Which equipment for the longe-côte ?

A long sleeve lycra to protect you from the sun.

A neoprene wetsuit with long sleeves and a good fitting in order to reduce any friction induced by the paddling movements of the arms. Shorty wetsuit in temperate waters or fullsuit in cold water.

For the women, we would advise you to choose the Jade shorty wetsuits, elegant and technical.

Don't forget to protect your face with an eco-friendly sunblock and a cap or a bob with a chinstrap so you don't have to worry about it falling off.

Caution: Nautical shoes are mandatory all year long (risk of cuts with seashells, rocks, sea urchins, etc)

When to practice the longe-côte ?

You can practice all year round.

Always remember to check the weather forecast before going into the water, it can change very quickly on the coastline.
Clear sky, flat water and no wind makes the ultimate best combination.
You will also need to keep yourself warm after your sessions. Our 100% coton ponchos will be your best partner, allowing you to dry yourself and discreetly change on the beach.

The best longe-côte technique

Keep a good rythm of walk, make big steps without making leaps, help yourself with your hands (with or without webbed gloves) or with a paddle in order to find a better stability and to create a paddling propulsion movement.

Beginner's tips for aquatic walking

It is always better to practice under the supervision of a professional who will help you find the best rythme for your level, and to prevent you from the dangers of the sea (currents, tides, winds,etc).

I you decide to go alone, always wear a lifejacket, pick a supervised beach section make yourself noticeable (even by using a whistle).

You are now ready to dive in!
All you need is to find a group closeby to share long walks under a clear blue sky.

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