of this activity

See you in spring at 9:30 am and in summer (July-August) at 9:00 am at our base… (SEE THE ACCESS MAP)

They hand out your equipment and give a brief safety talk. You are now ready to embark on an cano-raft descent of the Verdon that will take you from Castellane to “the Pinede beach” (8 km and 1h30 of navigation).

The difficulty level on this trip is progressive, with an easy first section and a more challenging one at the end. In the first part, you ride mostly small rapids (class II), which gives you time to become fully acquainted with the boat and learn to manoeuver it smoothly.

Towards the end of the descent, you hit the exciting “Barre St. Jean” class III rapid (medium difficulty), which is the final rapid of this descent.

We stop above it to scout it from the shore. Together with the guide, we then discuss the best way to run it, looking at the different possible routes. Depending on the one you choose, this rapid can be more or less challenging. But it is definitely the place to apply what you have learnt during the trip. If things do not go the way you had planned – no worries : you might take an unintentional dip but the guide is there to help you out and a large pool at the bottom of the rapid welcomes the swimmers, making it a safe and fun run.

When everyone has run the rapid, you then carry on to Chasteuil beach, where the trip ends.

After getting changed, you are driven back to Castellane in the company bus.




  • Discovery trip (total length of the activity: 2h00)
  • 50 Euros per person.
  • To book, contac us.
  • From April to September
  • The Verdon water levels are regulated by the national Electricity Company. In case of low water release, we may perform our white water activities on the Upper-Verdon or Var.
  • For further information about days of dam water releases on the Middle-Verdon, please see the Dam water releases schedule.
  • In July-August, only on Tuesdays and Fridays (days of water releases from the dam).
  • No previous experience of white water activities is necessary
  • Minimum age : 16
  • Being able to swim is esssential
  • Things to bring:
    • Swimming costume
    • Sports shoes
    • Towel
    • String for glasses
  • Fully qualified and experienced guides,
  • Approved (European standards), up to date safety gear :
    • Helmet
    • Life jacket
  • Individual equipment adapted to the activity :
    • Wetsuit
    • Windbreaker
  • Shuttle service back to the put-in
  • Insurance (civil liability insurance covering ABOARD Rafting’s activities).

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On Verdon Gorges and Var