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Seatrekking is a sport that consists in exploring the shorelines of oceans, seas, bays, lakes or rivers both above and below the water over the course of several days, without the aid of a boat or a watercraft. Seatrekking involves swimming, snorkeling, freediving and hiking, and combines all these disciplines into a distinctive form of travel and outdoor experience.[1][2]


Seatrekking adheres to Leave No Trace principles and is committed to the conservation of natural environments and to minimising environmental impacts along the coastline.[3]

Travelling in small groups to minimize the impact on the environment and the disturbance on wildlife

  • Camping or bivouacking on durable surfaces, and ensuring fire safety
  • Carrying out all trash and disposing of human waste according to outdoor guidelines
  • Leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects in their original place
  • Observing wildlife from a distance and avoiding to initiate animal interactions and not harming wildlife in any way
  • Complying with local regulations and obtaining the relevant authorisations where necessary


Seatrekking can be dangerous, and is a physically demanding activity due to its engagement with open water. A good physical condition, swimming proficiency, knowledge of outdoor safety, self-rescue and usage of adequate equipment is crucial to practicing seatrekking safely.

Open water simming and snorkeling hazards include and are not limited to:

  • Drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Dehydration

Safety equipment may include and is not limited to:

  • Wetsuit
  • Personal Locator Beacon
  • Dive flag
  • Inflatable life vest
  • Whistle

Weather & Ocean patterns and forecast require particular attention including and not limited to:

  • Tide
  • Swell (ocean)
  • Wind
  • Ocean current
  • Rip current
  • Weather


Seatrekking requires the use of a waterproof bag:

  • A bag containing all equipment and food and is dragged in the water with the aid of a rope or a leash. Hydrodynamic properties of the bag are essential to reduce drag.
  • The bag also acts as a supplementary safety flotation device in the water, especially when the bag can be inflated and maintain internal pressure.
  • On land, the bag is carried as a normal backpack along hiking sections

At sea, for swimming, snorkeling or freediving, further essential equipment includes:

  • Goggles, or a mask and a snorkel
  • A wetsuit may be used, depending on water temperature and for increased safety and comfort in the water
  • Long freediving fins or a monofin may be used for increased propulsion in the water

On land, the essential equipment consists of:

  • Hiking clothes and shoes
  • Bivouacking equipment
  • Additional hiking, camping and bivouacking, swimming and freediving equipment is selected for its lightness, fast drying time and suitability for prolonged use in a marine environment.

See also

  • Swimming (sport)
  • Open-water swimming
  • Long-distance swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Freediving
  • Coasteering
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Bivouacking
  • Leave no trace


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