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Disciplina dell'arrampicata sportiva
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Canoeing can be enjoyed on lakes, calm waters and raging rivers. This water sport encompasses various competitive disciplines (slalom, descent, regatta, polo, freestyle) as well as recreational activities (white-water excursions, lake kayaking, etc.). Specific techniques are required to master the different types of canoes and paddles, and to negotiate currents and obstacles (rocks, bridges, boats, etc.).
Canoeing presents children and young people with many physical challenges and introduces them to the natural world. As it can be practised in the company of others, it is also a good way to develop social skills. Last but not least, it teaches mutual respect and how to manage risk.
Source: Gioventù+Sport


CST provides opportunities for canoeing on Lake Maggiore and on the Ticino and Moesa rivers. Groups are advised to take at least three two-and-a-half-hour lessons over a period of a week to acquire the necessary skills and familiarity with the craft.
A wide range of equipment is available, including lake kayaks, river kayaks, Canadian-style canoes, "sit-on-top" canoes (unsinkable), paddles, life-jackets, neoprene wetsuits and shoes. Groups going canoeing off CTS premises can request the use of a minibus and a canoe trailer.
Weather information is displayed at the CST water sports facility.

Photo: Ralph Heksch


The CST provides 160 sports facilities, including three triple gymnasia, a double gymnasium for artistic gymnastics, four multi-purpose halls, eight full-size football pitches, an open-air athletics complex and an indoor athletics complex, a 50m swimming pool and a diving pool, four fitness and weight-lifting rooms and a water sports centre.

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Groups may comprise a maximum of twelve people for canoe tours on the lake and a maximum of six people for canoe trips on the river. Y+S courses must be supervised by a recognized, qualified Y+S instructor. Other courses must take place under the supervision of a qualified instructor. If necessary, groups can contact Sisport Sagl to book qualified instructors. For more information and details of the sport safety requirements at CST, please refer to the links below.


National Youth Sports Centre Via Brere
CH-6598 Tenero
+41 58 468 61 11
+41 58 468 61 02



Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Office hours may be limited at weekends from November to February.

National Youth Sports Centre

Via Brere
CH-6598 Tenero