Happy Creekin' in Sjoa

Our Teaching Trips


Durance, France
Fullon Charger  Class III/IV+
Progressive & Dynamic  Class III/IV
Alpine Fundamentals  Class II/III

Soča, Slovenia
Elemental Skills Class II/III
Fundamental Core Skills Class III/III+
River Leader Class II/III
White Water Coach Class II/III
Alpine River Leader Class III/IV
Advanced WW Coach Class III/IV

Piemonte, Italy
Steep Creeking Class IV/IV+

Sjoa, Norway
Progressive & Dynamic Class III/IV
Advanced WW Coach Class III/IV
Norway Creeking Class IV+

 

Where would you like to be right now?

Is it relaxing in Norway’s midnight sun, enjoying a cold beer after an evening run down the Sjoa river’s legendary Åmot Canyon? 

Is it in Slovenia, in the sunshine, getting to grips with your dynamic eddy turns on the stunning crystal blue waters on the Soča River? 

Is it dining on the world’s finest pizza and pasta with the comforting roar of the Sesia in your ears, remembering the afternoon’s lines down the Sorba Slides?

If you’ve answered YES to any of the above, then we want to hear from you!

It’s simple: we provide the best teaching in the best destinations to improve your paddling, whilst giving you a fun, memorable and stress free holiday. We’ll even supply boats, paddles & take the photos for you!


French Alps Tours


Middle Guil - letter box to the lake
Where you wish to come out in early June high water or cruise the Classics in late June, the French Alps has a wide range of runs all within a short range of the Durance Valley. Our 5 day river tour will give you a fast paced hit of the Alps at its best. Our 9 to 5 guiding service is the perfect quick hit for those who want a slice of the French Alps.

Fullon Charger – In early June is after the peal run off, and we enjoy the best of high water runs, Guil, Durance & the Ubaye, full on and the very best of the French Alps.
Progressive & Dynamic – In mid June, the white water starts to get structure, with great dynamic moves to learn and enjoy on Class III/IV.
Alpine Fundamentals – By late June, the main flood is over on the larger rivers, leaving sun soaked runs of alpine classic to enjoy, this tour is on Class II/III+ white water.

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Durance, France – French Alps Tours – Pay Trip Payment 850€

Elemental Skills – Soča, Slovenia


Paddle works training on Soča
Want to get the basics sorted? This course will give you the tools to understand and improve your own paddling, as well as the confidence to choose your own lines, and run Class III to your heart’s content, in safety and style. The Soča’s crystal clear blue water and clean bedrock rapids offer a the perfect setting to improve your paddling with confidence.
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Soča, Slovenia – Elemental Skills – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Fundamental Core Skills – Soča, Slovenia


Finding a line on Soča
For the Class III paddler wanting to the confidence and knowledge to step up a grade, there could be no better place to learn than the Soča valley. The pool drop bedrock style of the Soca offers the perfect training ground, with endless opportunities to perfect your technique before testing it out on more challenging whitewater. This week will see you building confidence and style.
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Soča, Slovenia – Fundamental Core Skills – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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River Leader Training Course – Soča, Slovenia


Inspecting a line on the Upper Soca
For the Paddler who is comfortable paddling on Class II and III whitewater, but wants the confidence to guide others. Set in the perfect natural classroom of the Soča river, this course will have you guiding, coaching, and making decisions with confidence on Class III rivers.

We’ve put this course together for BCU and ICU Level 2 coaches who want to step their game up a notch. To ease out that step up to the new Moderate Water Endorsement or Level 3 Coach, we’ll cover everything from your paddling skills and coaching methods to modern, dynamic guiding techniques and real-world group management.

This course will include, BCU 4 Star Training & BCU Basic WWS&R

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Soča, Slovenia – River Leader Training Course – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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White Water Coach – Soča, Slovenia


Kayak Guiding on Soca
For the paddler who wishes to coach on Class II and III whitewater. Set in the perfect natural classroom of the Soča river, this course will have you guiding, coaching, and making decisions with confidence on Class III rivers.

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 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 can include, BCU Moderate Water Endorsement

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Soča, Slovenia – White Water Coach – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Alpine River Leader Training Course – Soča, Slovenia


Guiding on the Soca slalom site
Set in the perfect natural classroom of the Soča river, this course will have you guiding, coaching, and making decisions with confidence on Class III and IV whitewater.

We’ve put this course together for BCU and ICU level 3 and 4 coaches who want to step their game up a notch. To ease out that step up to advanced white water, we’ll cover everything from your paddling skills and coaching methods to modern, dynamic guiding techniques and real-world group management

This course will include, BCU 5 Star Training & BCU Advanced WWS&R

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Soča, Slovenia – Alpine River Leader Training Course – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Advanced White Water Coach – Soča, Slovenia or Sjoa, Norway


Kayak Coaching on Lori
A course for white water kayakers who already coach or wish to coach on Class IV. This program is shaped by what we do at Gene17, all our core elements. We’ll offer the very best in teaching the modern style, how to coach individuals within a group and providing the tactics for formal river running. By the end of the week you’ll know where you are in terms of personal progression, and where you need to go in order to become the next generation of Advanced WW Coach.

This course can include, BCU Advanced Water Endorsement

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Soča, Slovenia or Sjoa, Norway – Advanced White Water Coach – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Steep Creeking – Piemonte, Italy


Looking for the boofin' window in Valsesia
Poop drop prefection in Valsesia
For a short window each spring, crystal clear meltwater pours down the valleys of Piemonte in northern Italy, and paddlers arrive from around the world to enjoy the finest combination of whitewater, culture, food, and wine available on the planet.

The region’s paddling is characterised by smooth granite slides and bedrock rapids, which offer steep and technical, yet surprisingly forgiving paddling. Set against a backdrop of ancient villages, beautiful cafes, and soaring snow capped peaks, there’s no better place in the world for the steep creeking connoisseur, and for the lover of good food and wine, there’s truly no better kayaking destination than Val Sesia.

Pool drop, bedrock falls and slides will leave you speechless, whilst top level instruction will give you the tactics and techniques you need to handle them in safety and style.

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Piemonte, Italy – Steep Creeking – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Progressive & Dynamic – Sjoa, Norway


Kayaking the Borve Canyon
Norway is famous for waterfalls, slides, and monster rapids, however it is also home to more of the world’s finest Class III and IV intermediate water than you’ll find anywhere else. From the big and bouncy Sjoa to steep and technical Store Ula, and everything in between, the region has it all, and that’s why we run our progressive trips here.

You’ll spend the week based on the banks of the Sjoa river, home to some of the world’s finest whitewater, and less than an hour’s drive from a huge range of rivers of all styles. From steep creeks for practising boofs and flares, to curlers and waves to ride on big volume rivers, there’s nowhere better to experience a wide variety of whitewater.

This course will give you the transferable skills you need to tackle all types of river, and the confidence to make your own decisions and pick your own lines. Add in the long days (it doesn’t get dark until midnight) 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 might even want to take on one of those waterfalls…

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Sjoa, Norway – Progressive & Dynamic – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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Norway Creeking – Voss to Sjoa, Norway


Ula Falls Perfection
Think of Norway and you might conjure up images of clean waterfalls or spectacular slides, and if this is what you’re after then the Norway Creeking trip won’t disappoint. Norway’s stunning ancient landscape is like nowhere else in the world, and couldn’t be more perfect for steep whitewater kayaking. Huge snow covered plateaus drain into wide glacial valleys over smooth granite bedrock, making for easy scouting and portaging and clean, steep fun in incomparable scenery.

In reality Norway is home to a huge variety of grades and styles of paddling, from big volume rivers to steep and technical creeks, and offers the opportunity to learn skills which will transfer to all types of whitewater. There’s also plenty of opportunity to warm up before taking on the steeps, making for a forgiving and controlled environment in which you to push your paddling.

Our guides come back here year after year, and know the rivers as well as the locals, so with fantastic road access to some of the steepest rivers in the world, excellent photo opportunities and not a jammed tree or siphon in sight, there’s no better place to push your paddling to the next level.

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Sjoa to Valldal – Norway Creeking – Pay Trip Deposit 450€

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