Beaches and water activities

Places to swim by the lake.

It is normally warm enough to swim in the lake from May to October.  In Lake Geneva you must only swim in the designated areas and stay away from the shipping lanes.

geneve plage

Genève Plage – Quai de Cologny.

Further along the lake. 50 meter pool, slides, lawn, diving boards, access to lake, aqua fitness, water sports, bar, restaurant.  Entry 5chf.

Open from 10:00 to 7:30.  Buses E or G


Plage des Eaux-Vives – Quai Gustave Ador.

Turn right on the residence side of the lake (Rive Gauche) and walk 10 minutes.  Free access – showers & toilets



Bains des Pâquis

Bains des Pâquis – Quai du Mont Blanc 30 On the other side of the lake (Rive Droite)

Diving platforms, bar and restaurant.

Opening times: 9h-20h, entry 2chf




PLAGE D’HERMANCE – rue du Nord Hermance

A very nice beach by the picturesque village of Hermance.  Lawn with shingle beach, showers, bar-restaurant and WCs.  Entry 4chf. Take the E bus to Hermance(30 minute bus ride) and then go left , or one hour with the CGN boat from the Jardin Anglais.





Geneva offers some excellent and not too expensive swimming pools.  These pools will insist on proper swimming attire (not beach shorts).  You may also need to bring your own padlock for the lockers.  The outdoor pools are normally open from May until into October.


Piscine des Vernets (above) – Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4 1227 Les Acacias

Olympic 50 meter indoor pool.  Outdoor diving pool.  Lawn and beach volley.  Table tennis.


Piscine de Varembé 46, avenue G.-Motta

Indoor 33 meter pool.  Outdoor pool open May-October. Sunbeds and outdoor chess.


Piscine de Marcelly – Chemin de Marcelly 8 1226 Thônex (No.12 to Graveson)

Modest indoor pool. Outdoor pool with lawn May to October.


Piscine de Marignac 30, avenue Eugène-Lance CH – 1212 Grand-Lancy (no.12 to Palettes or 15 to Piscine de Lancy)


Open from May until October.  Good facilities. 50 meter outdoor pool, diving pool, slides, beach volley and lawn.


Genève Plage – Quai de Cologny.  50 meter outdoor pool, slides, lawn, diving boards, access to lake, aqua fitness, water sports, bar and restaurant.

Open from 10:00 to 7:30.  Buses E or G


Bains Bleu – Hamman and Spa  – Genève-Plage, Quai de Cologny 5

Buses E or G


Château Bleu – Centre Aquatique  – 2 route de Bonneville Annemasse France

New installation year 2015.  50 meter Olympic indoor pool, fitness room and health spa.


Vitam park—500 route des Envignes – 74160 Neydens France

Excellent facilities but expensive.  Water park – indoor and outdoor, spa and leisure zone (also shopping mall and restaurants).

One hour from Geneva with the TPG.




Easywake. Near the Jardin Botanique. Wakeboard, wake skate, wake surf, paddle, rings, water skiing.


Wake Sport Center. 9, quai de Cologny.  Wake boarding and boat hire.


Tropical Corner Windsurf School. Quai de Cologny 5 (Just after Geneve Plage – Bus E or G)

Windsurfing, paddle boards, wake boarding and waterskiing.

Rent a boat:


Les Corsaires – Quai Gustave Ador 33

Peddle boats, outboards – electric and petrol, and sailing boats.



Sailing and rowing

Nautischool – Centre de formation  (sailing school)


La Société Nautique de Genève, la SNG (sailing school)

Sailing courses for different categories.  Rowing.


Canoeing and Rafting:

Rafting in Geneva is a thrilling experience in the great outdoors.