Differences between Coasteering, Swimrun, Swimtrekking and Aqualander excursions.

04/22/2019

Last summer I was camping with friends on the west coast of Sardinia.
We discovered that was nice to drive to a point on the coast and from there go on an excursion on foot or by swimming, having with us only the mask with snorkel and our Aqualander beach shoes, the only ones that help you swim instead of being a hindrance like any other beach shoes are.
Only a few chilly people wore a wetsuit jacket.
We did some hours walking and swimming, looking at the landscape, the places, the depths of the sea until we returned to the starting point.
At the end we were tired but satisfied, and after the prize of a good breakfast, we were happy to go home.

SWIMRUN GEAR
SWIMRUN GEAR

There are many similar activities but none is exactly what we did.
Swimrun: is a competitive activity that alternates swimming and running sections in a circuit at sea or on lakes over distances in the order of tens of km, in practice a triathlon without the bicycle stretch. The swimrun is similar to what we did but the spirit is different: no competition, shorter distances, relaxed walking pace.
Coasteering: it is a circuit path on foot and by swim of a stretch of coast in search of strong emotions with climbing, diving, passageways in caves and ravines along the coast.
The equipment is very complicated: helmet, sneakers and floating jacket, bag for various equipment, ropes and carabiners for climbing require specialized preparation but prevent you from making long stretches of swimming and diving to see the seabed because it is not used the diving mask. Furthermore, we were not looking for adrenaline but for the knowledge of the places, the zen calmness and the tranquillity in nature.
Swimtrekking:  activities mainly of swimming with fins and mask along a route, even in stages, preferably around an island, dragging a floating pond backpack with the equipment for a night stay, clothing and shoes and sometimes with a support boat.
We instead did simple trips of a few hours, going on foot where needed and not just swimming.

swimtrekking gear
swimtrekking gear

In conclusion, on one hand competitive, or specialized, or very organized activities, while for us it was the pleasure of being together, moving in nature, exploring new paths.
The real difference of our excursions is that they were made in freedom, under the responsibility of each one and were absolutely no profit: the swimrun takes place on a marked and prepared path, in coasteering there is an instructor who leads a paying group, while in swimtrekking it is necessary to foresee the whole route and pay for the logistics.
What we did instead were the most spontaneous, adventurous and rewarding excursions that normal people can do without having to go to the Amazon or take big risks climbing the mountains.
They were excursions among friends, where everyone is responsible for himself and for others to the extent that he wants to feel responsible.
If someone had studied the path he will suggest the road but nobody is the boss, everyone collaborates if they want or follow their own way with their own thoughts.
We seek our inner pace to understand how far we can walk or swim.
We discover new and incredible places that we had never thought we could reach on foot. We see fish and marine animals, wrecks and caves, we take advantage of marine currents, swimming we feel the cold of the water, walking we feel the heat of the sun.
So I strengthened old friendships and found new ones, I found an exciting way to spend the holidays by the sea instead of being under the umbrella or swimming in front of the beach and I finally discovered that I lost five kilos in 15 days.
I don't know how to call this activity of excursions with Aqualander shoes.
Coastal excursions, Natural Coasteering, swim and walk trip?
What I know is that it must remain completely no-profit, without instructors, without courses, without declarations, and only based on personal responsibility, friendship and freedom.