Learn & develop your fundamental core skills

Bunjka Canyon on Soca

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 Soča & Gene17Kayaking’s coaching, a perfect combination

There is little doubt that the Soča River is the premier white water training environment in Europe, we should know, Gene17 have been invested in the development of aspiring white water paddlers in the valley for over 10 years.

Everything about the river lends itself to skill development and confidence building; the colour of the water, the nature of the rapids, the variety of sections. Just take a look at some of the photos from previous trips. With this as the backdrop, our expert coaches will put your paddling on the right line. From years of personal experience we know how kayaking works, giving you the right tasks, environment and teaching style to develop long term, starting on the course and progressing into the future.

Revealed from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, Slovenia is now a full member of the EU and single currency. The Soča valley is rich in unique culture, entrenched in history and nestled into the heart of the Julian Alps with Triglav (2864m) in the background, mix in a taste of neighbouring Italian cuisine and your set for true perfection.

Trip Programme

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

Trip Content

  • We’ll give you a personal paddling plan, showing you where you’re at and what to work on
  • We’ll spend time identifying whitewater features and understanding how they can be used to your advantage
  • We’ll work on reading water dynamically. You’ll concentrate on driving your boat through turns, arcs and drops
  • We’ll set achievable aims and we’ll break down river running techniques so you can meet those aims
  • We’ll sharpen up your whitewater safety and rescue skills
  • We’ll help you work on your rapid running visualisation: you need to see yourself making your line to actually make it!

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 lower Soča, 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 and a chance to set some goals for the rest of the week. We’ll spend the afternoon on improving your all round boat handling
Day 4 Today we’ll concentrate on improving your general river awareness and using it to improve your paddling and your river leadership
Day 5 Today’s the day to concentrate on river safety, including how to stay safe in a group and how to handle any problems that do arise
Day 6 Road trip and river run. We’ll head upstream for a longer river trip, a great chance to put your new skills into practice on some more challenging rapids
Day 7 The Big day out! This all day mission’s the chance to use your newly developed techniques on an Alpine 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

Soča Fundamental Core trip takes place on Class III/IV- whitewater.
The Soča Fundamental Core trip is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 3 – 4 hours in a day on Class III/III+ 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: 1300€

What the price does include

  • Teaching and Instruction
  • Full accommodation including all meals
  • Airport and 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
** 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

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 one of our guides
The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

  • A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
  • Your paddle
  • 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

  • Visa fees
  • Flight
  • Bar bills
  • Travel & Boat insurance
  • Dinner on the final night
  • Tips

Deposit Payment

running through river tactics with Gene17
Soča, Slovenia – Fundamental Core 1300€

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