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kanoe_1.jpgIn the Czech Republic uses the Alpin system for determining the level of difficulty in water tourism. The system is slightly different from the system that the organization American Whitewater is using and it is trying to be designated as an international standard.

Whenever you go onto the water you need to know if it is safe for you to go canoeing on the rivers of Šumava. Canoeing in Šumava can be much different than canoeing in your home country. In many places there is white water and during your trip along the river you can encounter safety hazards like weirs. Be sure you choose a part of the stream that you can handle with the experience in canoeing you have.

Below we explain what the levels mentioned in the pages about the rivers mean. Just to be sure you keep it safe during your trip. Please see abbreviations for difficulty level system:

ZW --- Slightly flowing. Flat water, calm water or slightly flowing water without obstructions and rapids, it´s suitable for beginners with very basic paddling skills (ZWA - flat water, ZWB - calm water, ZWC - slightly flowing water)

WW I --- Easy. Fast flowing water, small rapids with regular wawes. Some manoeuvring required. It´s suitable for advanced ones with some paddling skills (backwards, left, right).

WW II --- Slightly difficult. Fast flowing water with some obstructions, bigger rapids. It´s suitable for experts.

WW III --- Difficult. Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that need avoiding, it´s suitable for well coordinated crew. Scouting from the shore is occasionally necessary.

WW IV --- Very difficult. very rapid water – seriously obstructed, large rapids that require careful manoeuvring. Scouting from the shore is often necessary. It´s suitable for experienced crew in good condition.

WW V. --- Extreamly difficult. Expert rapid water, long and very violent rapids with severe hazards. Continuous, powerful, confused water makes route finding difficult and scouting from the shore is essential. It´s suitable for experienced crew in good condition.

WW VI. --- Nearly impossible. Extreme and exploratory rapids. Difficulties of class V but to the extreme of navigability. It´s suitable for special teams. There is a considerable hazard to life if it goes wrong!

ZW abbreviation originated from German "Zahmwasser" e.g. slightly flowing water. And also WW abbreveviation originated from German "Wildwasser" e.g. fast flowing water. The level of difficulty can be differed in positive sign + ( much difficult) and negative sign - (less difficult).

Equipment and river safety:
Equipment for boating: life jackets and helmets are necessary for children in all levels of difficulty. From WW I make also your boat unsinkable, life jackets are recommended and for non-swimmer in all levels. From WW II helmets are also necessary for an adults.

Water works such as weirs are not covered in the levels of difficulty. A map for water tourism gives special attention to the river weirs. In case of weirs on a river you can always safely stop your boat before the weir (approx. 15-20 metres), then carry your boat for safe distance after the river weir and enter the water again with your boat.

It´s always good to find more information about your river, weirs and also to check actual water level and weather forecast. The level of difficulty on river might be higher as the water rises. Just to be sure, check difficult places such as weirs, wawes and others. In case of doubt, carry your boat and stop hazarding your own life.

jez_1.jpg How to behave in proximity to the weirs?
- Don´t swim below the weirs.
- Don´t boat near to the mouth of the weirs.
- Don´t boat below into to the weirs.
- Don´t jump into the weirs to rescue persons, animals or personal belongings.

List of some dangerous weirs:
Otava, river kilometer 73,1, name: Rosenauer, city: Horažďovice
Otava, river kilometer 72,4, name: Mrskoš, city: Horažďovice
Otava, river kilometer 70,8, name: Svaté Pole, city: Horažďovice, Svaté pole
Otava, river kilometer 65,3, name: Horní Poříčí, city: Horní Poříčí
Otava, river kilometer 54,8, name: Pětikolský, city: Strakonice
Otava, river kilometer 53,9, name: Na Křemelce, city: Strakonice
Otava, river kilometer 25,8, name: Písek, city Písek

Úhlava, river kilometer 45,4, city: Červené Poříčí
Úhlava, river kilometer 34,7, city: Příchovice
Úhlava, river kilometer 32,5, city: Přeštice
Úhlava, river kilometer 3,9, city: Plzeň - Hradiště

Vltava, river kilometer 308,5, city: Rožmberk
Vltava, river kilometer 282,5, name: Jelení lávka, city: Český Krumlov

Lužnice, river kilometer 126,7, name: Tušť, city: Suchdol nad Lužnicí
Lužnice, river kilometer 116,8, name: Pilař, city: Majdalena
Lužnice, river kilometer 108,8, name: Rozvodí, city: Majdalena
Lužnice, river kilometer 90,5, name: Tájek, city: Lužnice
Lužnice, river kilometer 85,4, name: Klec
Lužnice, river kilometer 81,2, name: U Nohavů, city: Vlkov
Lužnice, river kilometer 74,8, name: Veselí, city: Veselí nad Lužnicí
Lužnice, river kilometer 69,3, name: Dráchov
Lužnice, river kilometer 67,2, name: Čejnov, city: Čeraz
Lužnice, river kilometer 45,7, name: Soukeník, city: Planá nad Lužnicí
Lužnice, river kilometer 39, name: Lázně Čelkovice, city: Tábor
Lužnice, river kilometer 7,1, name: Červený mlýn, city: Nuzice

Nežárka, river kilometer 23,9, name: Jemčina: Jemčina
Nežárka, river kilometer 11,5, name: Metel: Hamr
Nežárka, river kilometer 1,1, name: Veselí: Veselí nad Lužnicí