#2 Lucky Tom
Tom grew up on the Aare. Already in his childhood he swam with his family in the river and explored the river by kayak or rubber boat.
Later, when he lived in a shared flat on the Aare again, he began to snorkel in the river. He often sees rainbow trout, barbs and giant pikes. He also noticed that the fishermen are always standing in the wrong places.
"The river is like a teacher. When you observe the river, you learn a lot about life. There is no point in fighting the current. The best thing is to drift and see where the river takes you, where life wants to take you."
#1 Night owls
Dave and Mike have been friends since Kindergarten. Once a week they dive into the Aare River when it's already dark - even in the wintertime.
"Inwardly I have to to cope with the cold. The surroundings are actually all quiet. I just try to enjoy the situation. But in the beginning I am not at at all at that point. The challenge is to find the inner calmness." Mike
"It gives you confidence in yourself if you get through it no matter what the surrounding circumstances are. I just concentrate on my breathing. In the moment I don't think about yesterday or tomorrow. I am just there in the river and feel my body and my breath. There is not much more apart from that. I am just there and I enjoy it." Dave