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More and more in vogue since its appearance 15 years ago, sea walking has everything to seduce.

Accessible, user-friendly and good for your health, there's no reason not to try it!
Here's everything you need to know about the benefits, techniques, equipment and advice for beginners before taking the plunge.

What is sea walking?

Sea walking was originally a method of strengthening muscles with a paddle designed to train rowers. Developed in 2005 on the coast of northern France by Thomas Wallyn, a professional rowing coach looking for a way to strengthen muscles and cardiovascular system without damaging joints.

Thanks to its virtues and user-friendliness, the activity has become extremely popular, and is now practised on most of the French coastline and, more recently, in lakes.

Water walking is practised in oceans, seas or lakes, alone or with others, all year round
, on sandy beaches with low gradients that present no major obstacles or particular risks.

What are the benefits of sea walking?

Clearly, this sport allows you to engage in fairly intense activity without ever putting painful joints at risk. A sport loved by the over 40s.

The resistance provided by the water means you can build up your muscles in depth
, while protecting your joints through buoyancy. Using your arms, with or without paddles, also stimulates the whole upper body.
It strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves blood circulation. What's more, the massaging effect of the water, combined with the natural environment in which this sport is practised, provides a deep sense of relaxation.

What equipment and clothing do I need for sea wading ?

Your choice of clothing will depend on the season, your ability to withstand the cold and the effect you want the cold water to have on your body. However, we advise you to adapt your equipment to the time of year


In spring, the neoprene shorty wetsuit is easy to put on, so you can enjoy the benefits of the cold on your legs while keeping your upper body warm.

You can also opt for a jacket and pant set that can be transformed with neoprene short instead of trousers or lycra replacing the jacket... you can adapt it as you like and create the outfit you need!

When the water warms up, you can put on your swimsuit and add lycra to protect your body from UV rays.


When the temperatures start to drop and the water gets cooler, you can slip into a full wetsuit to protect your body from the cold while retaining freedom of movement. Our customisable model has a double zip for easy donning and adapts to you with 6 cm that you can remove to create the perfect fit.

Please note: slippers are compulsory for all seasons (shells, sea urchins, rocks, etc.).

When to practice sea wading?

Can be enjoyed all year round in the Mediterranean, and from spring to autumn on the west coast.

Always check the weather conditions before taking to the water, as the seaside weather can change quickly.
Make sure the days are clear and not too windy, so that the water is calm, and don't forget to bring a change of clothes so that you can get dry and warm quickly after your session.

Our 100% cotton ponchos will be your favourite post-session partners, allowing you to dry off and change on the beach, out of sight.

poncho longe-cote

What advice would you give to beginners? 

Even if it's tempting to set off on your own, it's still advisable to enlist the help of professionals who can help you find the walking pace that's right for you, as well as anticipating the dangers of the marine environment (currents, winds, tides).

If you decide to go out on your own, make sure you wear a lifejacket, choose a supervised area and make sure you are visible (with a whistle, for example).

Now you're ready to get started!
Now all you have to do is find a group near you with whom you can share long walks under sunny skies.

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