What kit to take? Whatever boat you use for running rivers in the UK should be your boat for the Alps. If that happens to be a playboat then fine, but be sure that the group are happy with your limited capacity to carry gear and take part in rescues and that your skills in the boat match the grade of river. When it comes to kitting up, the contrast between the air temperature and the water temperature creates dilemmas. My perspective is that swims are generally very short and you warm back up quickly in the sun, whereas, spending hours boiling in a drysuit is uncomfortable and dehydrating, so dress for the paddle. Besides, if you are swimming that often perhaps you are on the wrong river?
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