Charging hard for your next line

Wanted: Paddlers demanding ambitious solutions

Charging hard for your next line

We get many requests for internships, work and help from young paddlers looking to get on into white water kayaking and potentially a career on the river. The Next Generation Training is for paddlers looking to charge on, have key and important input from industry leaders and start the development towards being a Class V paddler.

Get pivotal coaching input to shape your paddling career.

In spring based in Soča, Slovenia; the perfect natural classroom of the Soča river, this course will have you guiding, coaching, and making decisions with confidence on Class III/IV rivers.

In summer based in Sjoa, Norway; summer paddling premium location, with a wide array of excellent runs and rivers to enjoy. Norway is famed for its drops, slides, big water and great paddling.

We’ve put this course together for paddlers who are following either a formal coach education like the BCU or for anyone wishing simply to learn to coach advanced white water kayaking. We’ll cover everything from your paddling skills and coaching methods to modern, dynamic guiding techniques and real-world group management.

This course will set the scene to what is required to coach, lead and paddle on Class III & IV. You’ll get coached in the cutting edge personal skills needed to tackle all types of river and how to coach these. Plus, you’ll be coached on how to develop the confidence to aid paddlers to make their own decisions and pick their own lines. Add in the long days (it doesn’t get dark until midnight in Norway) and the sheer scale of the landscape, and we’ll give you the best paddling of your life. By the end of the week you’ll know where you are in terms of personal progression, and where you need to go to be the next generation of Advanced WW Coach.

This course can include BCU 5 Star Training, Advanced WWS&R and Advanced Water Endorsement Training for those with the correct pre-requisites.

Trip Programme

Overview & Summary
Trip Content
Trip Itinerary
Group Composition
Experience Required
What the Price Does/Does not Include
Deposit Payment
Booking Info

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Trip Content

  • We’ll get you paddling dynamically, keeping your momentum through rapids and drops, powering through turns, and mastering precise paddle placement, core skills for steeper white water
  • We’ll give you the tools for coaching the modern dynamic style, along with our progressive ideas in the paddler correct movement
  • We’ll look at spotting whitewater features for the ideal coaching venues, allowing for dynamic risk assessments and accommodating the demands of your group
  • We’ll sharpen up your whitewater safety and rescue skills in the formal setting of a professional coach
  • We’ll help you find where you are with your paddling and we’ll give you a progression plan to work to
  • We’ll sign off the BCU Advanced Water Endorsement for those with the correct pre-requisites

Soča Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day. Relax, settle in and sample the local cuisine
Day 2 We’ll start off with a session looking at your gear and your boat outfitting. Then we’ll take to the water on the Upper Soča/Sjoa, a chilled-out run that gives us the chance to look at how you’re paddling and find out what you want to work on
Day 3 We’ll build on day 2, including a review of technical skills. We’ll also spend time looking at how different coaching methods work and reviewing current best practice
Day 4 Today we’ll concentrate on how to manage individual rapids, including scouting, guiding and rapid management
Day 5 Today’s the day to concentrate on river safety, including incident management and extractions
Day 6 Paddle for yourself: we’ll spend the morning on personal paddling workshops, followed by coaching workshops
Day 7 The Big day out! This all day mission’s the chance to use your newly developed skills and coaching tools on a classic.
Day 8 After a final review, we’ll drop you back at the airport
Of course, this schedule’s only a guideline: we’ll chop and change depending on how you’re getting on, what the levels are like and what everyone wants to do

Group Composition

The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world. Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.

Experience Required

The Next Generation Training takes place on Class III/IV+ whitewater.
The Next Generation Training is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 4 – 6 hours in a day on Class III/IV and wish to become the strong paddlers. Generally the rivers are accessible with near road access, but occasionally there may be some exposed terrain. This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade. Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during peak runoff for sometimes extended periods of time. You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.

What the Price Does/Does not Include

TRIP COST: Contact Us with your application*

* This course is intended for young paddlers looking to get into the white water kayaking adventure tourism industry and is offered as a very different package to Gene17kayaking’s normal Trips. We aspect applications ONLY for this trip.
What the price does include

  • Teaching and Instruction
  • Full accommodation including all meals – in Soča
  • Camping accommodation including all meals – in Sjoa
  • Airport Shuttle* for Soča and Train Station collection in Sjoa**. Local collection & River shuttles
  • Use of a full spec whitewater kayak*** from our fleet

* Airport Shuttle is to and from Trieste Airport, or Cividale Train Station in Italy. All arrivals to any of Venice’s airports, will need to make their way to Cividale for pick up prior to 18:00 on the day of arrival
** There is a frequent yet irregular bus and train service from Oslo to Otta. We collect from Otta Bus/Train Station from 1800-1900 on the day of arrival, and drop off for 1000 on the day of departure. An airport shuttle from Oslo to Sjoa is NOT included with ANY of our Norway Trips & Adventures, as the direct public transport link is straight forward and easy to undertake.
*** Gene17 has a small yet excellent selection of kayaks for a range of different sized paddlers, & these are available on a first come, first served basis ONLY

Soča Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying at our shared apartment in the Soča Valley with all bed linen provided. We’ll provide a continental breakfast, a light lunch and an evening dinner either at a local restaurant or home-cooked by the group supervised by Gene17kayaking’s staff

Sjoa Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying at the Sjoa Kayak Camp. We’ll provide a continental breakfast, a light lunch and an evening dinner either at a local restaurant or home-cooked by home-cooked by the group supervised by Gene17kayaking’s staff

The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

  • A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
  • Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
  • Solid footwear for bank support – no sandals
  • Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner

What the price does not include

  • Airport shuttle*
  • Visa fees
  • Flight
  • BCU Fees
  • Bar bills
  • Travel & Boat insurance
  • Dinner on the final night
  • Camping Equipment in Sjoa
  • Tips

Deposit Payment

Coaching on the Upper Soča
Soča, Slovenia & Sjoa, Norway – Next Generation Training
Contact Us with your application



Deposit Payment 450€

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