Holiday in the CR:CZeCOTTourmapsEast BohemiaUNESCOCzech inspirationActive holidayTimetablesGEOFUN
Go to text of this page CZeCOT logo The Tourist Portal of the Czech Republic
Czech out Czechia!

extended search
ČeskyDeutschEnglishEspañolFrançaisItalianoNederlandsPolskiпо-русскиCooperation with usCooperation with us  Website mapWebsite map
Book accommodation online: Arrival: Nights:
Photogallery Videogallery
Virtual Tours Weather
Tourist programmes Experience packages
Audio gallery Events calendar
Tourist Information Service

Czech Republic
Bohemian Forest
Bohemian North
Frýdlant Region
Lázně Libverda
Jizerské Mountains
Mácha’s Country
The Lusatian Mountains and Ještěd Ridge
Lázně Kundratice
Bohemian Paradise
Central Bohemia
Central Bohemia - Labe region
Lázně Toušeň
Central Bohemia - south
Central Bohemia - west
Central Moravia
Teplice nad Bečvou
East Bohemia
Bohemian-Moravian borderlands
Chrudim-Hlinsko Region
Hradec Králové Region
Hradec Králové
Kladsko Borderland
Králický Sněžník
Orlické Mountains and Podorlicko
Pardubice Region
Lázně Bohdaneč
Highlands (Vysočina)
Krkonoše (Giant Mountains)
Foothills of the Krkonoše Mountains
Lázně Bělohrad
Janské Lázně
Špindlerův Mlýn
North Moravia and Silesia
Beskydy - Valašsko
Karlova Studánka
Velké Losiny
Odra river - Moravian Kravaře region
Ostrava Region
Silesia around Opava
Silesia around Těšín
Darkov - Karviná
Northwestern Bohemia
Central Bohemian Uplands and Žatecko
Děčín Region and Lusatian Mountains
Krušné Mountains and Podkrušnohoří
Klášterec nad Ohří
Pilsen Region
Tachov-Stříbro Region
Konstantinovy Lázně
Southern Bohemia
Vráž by Písek
South Moravia
Brno and its surroundings
Lednice - Valtice Region
Ostrožská Nová Ves
The Moravian Karst and its environs
Zlín Region
Kostelec u Zlína
Western Bohemian Spas
Western Bohemian Spas
Františkovy Lázně
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
Lázně Kynžvart
Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad)

Active holiday
Guide Czechie Walker Guide Czechie Walker
Tips of Czechie Walker:
  • For quick search use fulltext or server map.
  • Would you like to be sent news from various tourism areas or regions? Register your e-mail address for news delivery.
Walls, strongly built
City fortifications belong among the oldest of city monuments. They are the evidence of their importance and the social standing of their citizens, proof of their construction and organisational abilities.

Current tip:
City Apart Hotel
City Apart Hotel

Uhlířské Janovice - synagogue
Uhlířské Janovice - synagogue

Cooperation with us
Login to administration
Server partners

CzechTourism logo

Survey results

Water sports

Bohemian and Moravian rivers and streams provide tremendous possibilities for water sports. You can choose from romantic rivers winding through the picturesque countryside, where you will not come across a living soul, or go to the more popular rivers with fully equipped campsites and pubs. The latter include Vltava, Lužnice, Berounka, Sázava and Ohře. Or maybe you would like to try out your skills in one of the artificial waterways.

Ohře Berounka Labe - dolní tok Otava Vltava Lužnice Sázava Labe - horní tok Dyje a Svratka Morava - horní tok Morava a Bečva Odra

Degree of difficulty

Czechtourism: Water sportsmen and women

Water sportsmen and women

 Send the postcard

The degree of difficulty in negotiating rivers is given by several categories. Several classifications are used in the world, but in the Czech Republic the so-called Alpine one is used. Calm rivers have three levels - ZWA (standing water - lakes, reservoirs), ZWB (calm to slightly flowing), ZWC (slightly flowing). Quick flowing rivers have six levels - WW I (light), WW II (slightly hard), WW III (hard), WW IV (very hard), WW V (extremely hard), WW VI (at the limits of being impassable).
For smaller differences the following signs are used: + (greater difficulty) and - (less difficulty).
All types require swimming skills or the use of life-jackets.


River basin character

Demands on rider and risks

Necessary equipment

ZW Transparent, flow speed up to 2 m/s, without obstacles and rapids Knowledge of basic watercraft gear and control, risk of “clicking minimum, easy self-rescue Open watercraft with anti-sinking bags, floating vest for youth
WW I Small rapids with regular waves, transparent, narrower meandering flow with bank growth Knowledge of navigating watercraft on flowing water, minimum risk when swimming, easy self-rescue Open watercraft secured against sinking, recommended floating vest and helmet
WW II Larger rapids with waves, wide easy to read passages in more blocked river basins, narrower river basin with small rapids demanding faster reactions Knowledge of navigating watercraft on rapids, small risk for swimming Open watercraft secured against sinking (recommended closed ), floating vest and helmet
WW III Rapids with higher, irregular waves, medium blocked terrain, rapids in meanderings with less transparency Knowledge of technique and tactics for navigating wild waters Closed watercraft, floating vest and helmet, recommended protective wear (neoprene), rescue equipment
WW IV Large and strong rapids with large waves, possibility of blocked river basin with narrow passages with setups and chutes Complete knowledge of technique and tactics for difficult waters, necessary to be well trained and experienced, medium to high risk for swimmers, self-rescue is complicated Closed watercraft, floating vest and helmet, recommended protective wear (neoprene), rescue equipment, mental endurance
WW V Large eddies, rolls, high levels, high flow speed, possibility of an unforeseeable blockage Navigating in special groups with a great deal of experience, knowledge of Eskimo turnover Closed watercraft, floating vest and helmet, recommended protective wear (neoprene), rescue equipment, mental endurance and good physical condition
WW VI Very difficult water terrain and large number of obstacles Navigating in special groups with a great deal of experience, knowledge of Eskimo turnover Closed watercraft, floating vest and helmet, protective wear (neoprene), rescue equipment, mental endurance and good physical condition


Rivers and streams

Czechtourism: Water sportsmen and women

Water sportsmen and women

 Send the postcard

Note to information provided:

The item Type of water vessel means that if an open water vessel is given, any type of boat or raft can be used, although it must be taken into consideration that rafts are unsuitable for calm water (up to WW I-) as water resistance is very high and more paddling is required than with an ordinary canoe. From WW II it is better to use a closed water vessel, raft or kayak.

A river description contains: source, length, difficulty for individual stretches, conditions for boating, details about transport to the river, to where and which stations Czech Railways will transport boats, in brackets are the river kilometre for the nearest entry or exit and the distance to the river. Also given are the most beautiful stretches and dangerous stretches, and sometimes a map of the river, etc.



Experience packages

Other information on sub pages:

Guides specialized in:

Articles of the magazine C.O.T. Business :

Tourist Information Service

- archive -

Do not click this link and this link or you will be banned!