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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 sport and outdoor experience.[1][2][3] Unlike coasteering, seatrekking includes overnight camping and involves trips of longer distances.[4][5][6][7][8]


Waterproof inflatable bag
Waterproof inflatable bag attached to seatrekker using a leash

Seatrekking adheres to the Leave No Trace principles.[9] Additionally the sport is specifically committed to the conservation of natural environments along the coastline by travelling in small groups[4] to minimize the impact on the environment and the disturbance on wildlife, and by complying with any local regulations and obtaining any necessary authorizations.[10]


Seatrekking can be dangerous,[11] 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 are important to practicing seatrekking safely.[12] Open water swimming and snorkeling hazards include drowning and hypothermia due to prolonged time in the water. Recommended safety equipment may include a wetsuit, personal locator beacon, dive flag and a whistle. Weather and ocean patterns and forecast require particular attention. It is crucial for personal safety to keep up-to-date with local conditions regarding tide, swell, wind, ocean currents, rip currents as well as the weather.


Seatrekking requires the use of a waterproof bag;[13][14] this contains all equipment and food, and is dragged in the water using a rope or leash.[3] Hydrodynamic properties of the bag are essential to reduce drag. It 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, other equipment consists of common items used for swimming, snorkeling or freediving, such as mask and snorkel, fins, and optionally a wetsuit depending on water temperature.[15] On land, essentials are hiking clothes and shoes, as well as bivouacking equipment.[16][17] Additional equipment is selected for its lightness, fast drying time and suitability for prolonged use in a marine environment.

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  13. ^ Nowak, Niklas. Seatrekking: Wandern für Wasserliebhaber. TRAININGSWORLD.COM. 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ Brown, Jeffrey (March 2014). "The Outsiders, New Outdoor Creativity". Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  15. ^ Kunst, Britta (4 July 2017). "Neue Sportart: Sea-trekking.DAS!". Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  16. ^ Sanktjohanser, Florian. Die Wasserwanderer SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG. Reise. No. 190. 20 August 2015. p.23.
  17. ^ This Way Up. Trekking the Seas. RNZ RADIO NEW ZEALAND. 18 March 2017.