The initiative for better awareness at the water

Welcome to the Water Experience Academy

“We all want to have a good and safe time at the water! However, in recent years the number of people unable to swim has continued to grow. With our initiative, we are helping create more awareness about water safety and improving swimming skills also in open water. Our pilot event in July 2022 – the “Day of Action for freedom and safety in the water” – was so successful that we will be expanding our work significantly in 2023 with existing and new partners. We look forward to welcoming everyone who wants to be part of this important issue!”

Christopher Fuhrhop
Founder RESTUBE GmbH


Learn to swim in open water, prevent drowning

The easiest way to learn is to have fun - and this also applies to swimming: less of the technical discourse and more learning and experiencing. To be able to move about safely in open water, to recognize risks and dangers, and to know how to behave in an emergency situation are the goals of the “Water Experience Academy”. 

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Day of action for more freedom and safety in the water 

Working with schools, for the good of our children: getting them out of the swimming pool and into the outdoors. Open water swimming takes school children to an exciting new world just waiting to be discovered. The focus is on expanding their skills in the water, while having lots of fun. In addition, our school event gives children insight into the nature and environments present at their local waterways, improves team spirit, and inspires them to get outdoors.

Registration is open for all schools in Karlsruhe and the surrounding area: Register with us by 3/31/2023 and take part with your whole school, or individual classes (3rd-6th grade)! Contact us by email!

We plan to expand the Water Experience Academy across Germany over time. We are glad to receive inquiries from other German states, and will do our best to hold an “Day of Action for freedom and safety in the water” in your area as well. 


Nathalie Pohl

Extreme swimmer & patron of the Water Experience Academy

“Water is a very special element for me. To me, swimming in open water means one thing above all: an incredibly strong feeling of freedom - stroke after stroke. With the Water Experience Academy, we want to make open water a fun experience for everyone.” 

Klaus Albrecht

Principal Heinz-Barth-Schule Wettersbach & Head of the BSS Primary School Team at ZSL 

"With the Water Experience Academy, a responsible concept is now available that bridges the gap between swimming lessons and opportunities for safe recreational activities on the water through an interesting event in a school context.”

Fabienne Meier

Educational Expert / M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science

“Enabling and promoting safe swimming in open water - that’s what I’m committed to. Spending time in and around water provides optimal opportunities to develop life skills. To me, moving about in water represents courage and sheer vitality!” 

Swantje Scharenberg

Manager and CEO of FoSS

“Children essentially discover their environment through movement. Dealing with water is part of growing up healthy from birth. Nevertheless, it is important to acquire risk competence related to the movement and habitat of water at an early stage through positive experience.”

Would you like to support the Water Experience Academy? 

As a partner or sponsor, or with your expert knowledge? Or do you know a school we can support with a day of action for more freedom and safety in the water? Then write us an email



Booklet for water adventurers
(in German only)

Download the Water Experience Academy booklet. With valuable ideas for children, parents and teachers.

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