Hydrospeed course

Hydrospeed with the family on the Ubaye

Hydrospeed with the family: an unmissable adventure

Come and discover hydrospeed with your family on the Ubaye river, it's a sporty and fun activity to share together. Led by the river guide, white water swimming is an unforgettable moment for young and old. it is a unique experience that offers thrills while allowing you to reconnect with nature. A must do in the Barcelonnette valley.

Special Hydrospeed Family rate for 2 adults and 2 children at €180

Hydrospeed is an exciting and refreshing activity that offers a fun sliding experience for children. The Ubaye river being powerful, this activity is possible from 10 years old, depending on the size of the child and of course if they wish to do it!

This formula includes: all the equipment, the shuttle and the accompaniment of the river guide for a 2-hour descent

Doing Hydrospeed with children

Hydrospeed is an exciting and refreshing activity that offers a fun sliding experience for children. The Ubaye river being powerful, this activity is possible from 10 years old, depending on the size of the child and of course if they wish to do it!

In children, knowing how to palm is innate! Like frogs!

The descent on the Ubaye river is very dynamic and eventful, which is why your guide accompanies you to ensure total safety on the river. It will make you spend a magical moment of sport and relaxation, surrounded by nature. Lying in the river on your Hydrospeed, you can admire the wild setting of the Barcelonnette valley.

Are you hesitant about going downhill due to the age of your children or their physical abilities? Then contact us by phone. We will listen to you and advise you.

You can also discover the white water environment on the Ubaye by starting with rafting activity which is well suited to families. The rafting descent allows you to discover the river with less apprehension, because the children are accompanied by their parents and the guide, together in the same inflatable boat.

Organizing a Family Hydrospeed outing

Welcome to our white water base at Lauzet Ubaye

We welcome you to our base in the village of Lauzet Ubaye, between Gap and Barcelonnette, at the time reserved in advance. You will find a parking space on site, at the top of the small climb to Crazy Water. For large vehicles, parking is available below our base, just along the D 900 road.

You are ahead ? Take advantage of our original eco-base and relax in our hammocks and small outdoor lounges. Our reception area is an unusual site with ecological constructions, with dry toilets, physto-purification and solar shower. Coffee will be offered to you at our little refreshment bar!

The Crazy Water team will give you a wetsuit in your size and the rest of the equipment: vest, helmet, fins and the hydrospeed board. The neoprene suit is reinforced at the legs, very thick to keep you warm in the river and specially designed for white water swimming. Once equipped, we access the start of the Ubaye river route, with our Crazy 9-seater mini-bus.

Explore the Ubaye River in complete safety

After an explanatory briefing from the river guide, you leave for 1h30 on the water, in the wild part of the Barcelonnette valley. Hydrospeed involves going down the river using a foam board and your fins. It’s a unique experience that allows you to get closer to nature while letting off steam at the same time.

The Ubaye course is breathtaking and the water is crystal clear. The Ubaye River offers an ideal route for practicing Hydrospeed in a dynamic way, with rapids for the most courageous and calmer areas for those who prefer to take their time. Your guide accompanies you throughout this exploration, to keep you safe and teach you the activity of whitewater swimming on the Ubaye.

Our Crazy mini-bus picks you up at the finish of the whitewater course, to bring you back at the base of Crazy Water, at Lauzet Ubaye. It's time to change, look at the photos and hug the guide with whom you will share this great adventure.

Hydrospeed descent for children

A moment of shared happiness: the Hydrospeed Famille in Ubaye

We will then advise you to go and rest and enjoy a quiet moment, near the lake of Serre Ponçon. Located in the village of Lauzet Ubaye, you will find all the amenities to eat on site, or to take away for a picnic at Lake Lauzet.

Special Family Hydrospeed FAQ

What physical ability must a child have to do Hydrospeed?

We make it a point to ensure that the child is motivated, because the river is an impressive element and we want to offer them the best possible experience. He must obviously be a good swimmer, dynamic and in good physical condition. It is preferable that the child already has experience using fins in the pool or at sea. The river guide gives himself the right to choose whether or not to accompany a family in hydrospeed, when one of the children has a size too small. Indeed, water levels change on a natural river like the Ubaye, and sometimes the force of the current is too strong for children. In this case, your guide will offer you an alternative activity such as rafting or aquatic adventure which is a kind of aqua hiking but very aquatic.

Where is the Hydrospeed Family course?

The start of the legendary Ubaye hydrospeed course is 6 km above our Crazy Water Rafting white water base, in Lauzet. This is the route which begins at Longe Fessol, up to the place called the source, in the village of Lauzet. We are therefore ideally located and avoid long shuttle journeys. More precisely, we find ourselves at the arrival of river course, at the level of the Roman bridges, close to the mouth with the Serre Ponçon lake.

When to practice Hydrospeed on Ubaye?

Whitewater swimming is a great way to spend time together, have fun and create unforgettable memories. To fully enjoy this family activity, it is recommended to practice whitewater swimming between early and mid-summer, when the water level and conditions are suitable. The water is warmer and crystal clear, and the power of the river's current is suitable for a family trip.

It is difficult to know in advance if the activity will be suitable for your family after mid-August because water levels change seasonally. The ideal is to contact us by telephone, we will advise you and offer you alternative activities such as Aquatic Adventure, it is a very fun activity of “floating”, rafting or air kayaking.

In summary, family hydrospeed is a unique aquatic experience where you reconnect with your children and benefit from the supervision of qualified professionals. To experience a family adventure, don't hesitate to try this activity and enjoy the magnificent landscapes offered by this region of the Southern Alps.

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
2023-07-29
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natural, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk level. Eleven children (6 in 9 years) have a super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. You will not be able to do anything :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
2023-07-12
Wonderful family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Fred
Fred
2023-05-13
A calm and pleasant place, welcomed by a friendly team. Barbecue available for lunch before rafting. Everything is there for your happiness.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
2022-08-16
Thanks @CrazyWaterRafting for the awesome family times. We did rafting, water hiking and kayaking with 2 adults and 2 teenagers: great!! Super friendly, very professional guides. Contrary to what you hear on TV, the water level in this river is more than enough to have fun! Nb: the aquatic hike is not very well known but also great, descending the river while swimming, in a quieter area than that for rafting. Explanation on nature, superb landscapes, surprise at the end... Thank you again. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte and Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
2021-07-29
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
2020-06-06
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
2019-08-02
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
would you see virginia
would you see virginia
2019-06-14
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