Sea wading, your wellness ally whatever the season

Discover the benefits of sea wading for physical and mental well-being

 Immerse yourself in a feeling of total wellness with sea wading, a gentle activity combining the pleasures of water with fitness to benefit both body and mind. Suited to everyone, this practice combines the therapeutic benefits of water with physical exercise, offering a uniquely relaxing experience. Discover the benefits of this practice in an exceptional setting as part of a spa or Thalasso stay .

What is sea wading?

Sea wading is a revitalizing activity that invites you to explore the coastline while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of seawater. Accessible and suitable for all, this activity is enjoyed in cold or warm water, submerged up to your navel or your armpit, encouraging gentle aquatic immersion in a calm, safe environment. Perfect for promoting cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and improvements in circulation and balance, sea wading is a great way to relax and get back into shape in a natural environment.

The benefits of sea wading: gentle but thorough muscular engagement

Moving in seawater, a milieu offering natural resistance, provides comprehensive, gentle, deep muscle strengthening, which is ideal for improving endurance and balance while promoting efficient calorie consumption (up to 500 calories per hour). In addition to stimulating the muscular, respiratory, cardiac, and circulatory systems, this saltwater exercise helps to tone and significantly strengthen the body.

Seawater, which offers five times the resistance of air, intensifies muscular work without sacrificing the gentle aspect of the exercise, ensuring minimal impact on joints. The effect of weightlessness in water considerably reduces body weight, facilitating movement, preserving joints, and avoiding the risk of injury.

The use of specific equipment, such as a paddle, enhances the experience by improving balance, especially when there are light waves or currents. It also enables greater recruitment of the upper-body muscles, such as the shoulders, back, and trapezius, offering a complete and effective workout.

An aquatic sports activity with a draining, anti-cellulite effect

Seawater walking is a watersport with exceptional benefits, particularly its draining action and positive effect on cellulite. The active hydrostatic pressure exerted by the water stimulates blood circulation and encourages improved venous return, optimizing lymphatic drainage and reducing water retention.

The addition of equipment such as a walking suit increases the intensity of this draining effect, making this activity a real asset in fighting cellulite while offering a refreshing, invigorating, athletic experience.

Coastal strolls to enjoy the benefits of seawater

The all-round benefits of sea wading in a natural, revitalizing marine environment go far beyond mere physical exercise. In addition to encouraging physical health through exercise, this activity also allows you to benefit from the nourishing properties of seawater, which is rich in essential minerals and trace elements.

Each session restores both body and mind. Participants leave a session of sea wading feeling invigorated, but also in a state of deep relaxation, having recharged their batteries and given their bodies a boost.

Power walking in seawater: a sport accessible to all

You don’t need to know how to swim to take part in sea wading. This sport is accessible to anyone looking for an invigorating aquatic experience. What’s more, it is generally done in small groups in a very friendly atmosphere. Constant movement and wearing wetsuits and booties prevent you from getting cold.

Sea wading gives you the chance to explore the coastline in a unique way, while benefiting from simultaneously stimulating and soothing exercise. This practice offers immediate benefits for both physical and mental well-being, as well as contributing to muscle and joint maintenance. The ideal way to combine physical activity with the positive effects of the marine environment, ensuring total maintenance of body and mind.

Where can you enjoy sea wading?

Sea wading is a rewarding, accessible activity, ideally practiced in iconic locations known for their sandy beaches and surroundings that promote relaxation and wellness.

The top sea wading destinations include the wide, soft, sandy beaches of Île d’Oléron, Trouville, and Quiberon. These places, chosen for their exceptional natural environment and clear water, are an invitation to explore and relax to the sound of the waves. Practicing sea wading in these establishments is an opportunity to reconnect with nature while enjoying an activity with added health benefits.

How do you go sea wading in cold water?

To get the most out of iodine walking, and to ensure that it is both safe and beneficial, it is recommended that you take part in this activity as part of a group supervised by an instructor, especially during a spa or Thalasso stay. A qualified instructor can explain the correct techniques, guide you through the water, and make sure you get the most out of the experience in total safety. Being in a group also increases the activity’s social dimension, making the experience even more enjoyable!

During these stays, everything is designed to promote a total wellness immersion, from the specific equipment provided to the direct access to fine sandy beaches selected for their special sea wading environments.

Booties, shoes, and wetsuits... What equipment do you need for sea wading?

Sea wading equipment is essential to ensure comfort, protection and an optimal experience throughout. Starting with water shoes or booties is essential. They protect your feet from uneven surfaces, sharp rocks, and objects hidden under the water, while also providing a better grip on the seabed. These accessories are designed to withstand water and provide extra support, enabling a safe and pleasant walking experience.

A wetsuit is another key piece of equipment, especially in cooler waters. It helps maintain body temperature, extending the duration of your session without risking hypothermia. Wetsuits are available in different thicknesses and styles, so you can choose the one that best suits your local water temperature and season. For warmer environments and waters, a lighter full-length or even short-leg wetsuits may be enough.

As well as booties and a wetsuit, some people opt for a flotation belt or lifejacket to increase buoyancy, especially those who are not entirely comfortable in the water or in deeper areas. This equipment can also help you to maintain a correct posture while walking. Last but not least, a paddle can be used to help with balance or intensify the upper body workout, adding an extra dimension to this exercise.