On the River Flow – February 2017


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February 2017
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter


With the UK short courses programme continuing into early spring off the back of this unbelievable la Nina signature. With dozens of course postponements throughout the UK course season, due to a very low rain fall autumn and winter. Thankfully we have managed to run several courses and assessments, simply by being on stand by for when the rare yet favourable conditions arrived. 

As the season turns, we’re in need of focusing on the coming spring which is but a moment away. Our season will start in Slovenia during late March with our Next Generation Training course with Jakub Sedivy, Deb Pinniger and Simon Westgarth. Straight afterwards our spring trips start on the Soča in Slovenia. Some of our April trips, especially the Fundamental Core trip has good availability.

In Slovenia we have two vans and we’re able to run trips in tandem like the Elemental Skills and Fundamental Core in Slovenia, plus also run different destinations concurrently, as with our summer long programmes in Norway and Slovenia. Demand for Gene17Kayaking’s services has increased considerably in the last few years and we are aiming to meet the challenges this brings.

In addition to early spring in Corsica and Slovenia, we’re be steep creeking in Italy as normal through May and June. Also we’re in residence for June in the French Alps, with Andrew Bonney & Bob Timms being on hand for our guided tours and BCU courses. See French Alps Guiding for details. Note also we can accommodate your individual and group requests, whether its in France, Italy, Slovenia or Norway all season long.


Spring Soča Days, soon await in April

Mediterranean sun, great food and fine paddling. Every spring Corsica keeps on delivering to goods. Numerous runs across the island, famed creeks like Golo, Asco and Tarvo, all await Class III/IV paddlers. During the 9/16 April, Jakub Sedivy will lead our Corsica Creeking week and a week later the Corsica Road Trip 16/23 April. The Corsica Road Trip is on easier river sections, like the Lower Golo and Lower Asco, a perfect intro to this wonderful destination:

9/16 April 2017 – Corsica Steep Creeking – Class IV/IV+

16/23 April 2017 – Corsica Road Trip – Cass III/IV

Do you want to join us? Contact Us today. 


Starting in April we’ll be in residence in Slovenia all season.  The Soča is the prefect classroom for with water kayaking. Our logistics base has been in the Soča Valley for over a decade now, and our local knowledge has been built up over a dozen seasons working in Slovenia. This river is a great for learning a multitude of kayaking skills.  On offer are all our Skills Development courses, from Elemental Skills to River Leader Training. 


Nearly the whole Gene17Kayaking Team will be in Slovenia from mid March, the likes of Jakub Sedivy, Jake Holland, Deb Pinniger, Simon Westgarth & Andrew Bonney.  See below for our forthcoming spring dates:


8/15 April 2017 – Fundamental Core
8/15 April 2017 – Elemental Skills
15/22 April 2017 – Soca LaunchPad

In June the French Alps is home to some great white water. Alpine in natural, being continuous and fast, these boulder gardens are fun in the sun.  Andrew Bonney heads up our French Alps programmes, running Guided Tours and BCU Courses.  Our Guided Tours are 5 days guiding with coaching from Monday’s to Friday’s.  The BCU courses we offer in the French Alps are from their river leader programmes.  The BCU 4 & 5 Star, including assessments are available in June.  See below for dates:
12/16 June – Full Charger
19/23 June – Progressive & Dynamic
26/30 June –  Alpine Fundamentals

4/5 June 17 – Advanced WWS&R
6/7 June 17 – 5 Star Training
8/9 June 17 – 5 Star Assessment

11/12 June 17 – Basic WWS&R

13/14 June 17 – 4 Star Training
15/16 June 17 – 4 Star Assessment


A White Water Kayaking Festival for all, the Valsesia River Festival, has races, films & more.  White Water Kayaking is full of choice, and at this festival you’ll have lots to choose from. 
The Valsesia River Festival is for all White Water Paddlers, with open races & contests with competitive classes, accessible Steep Creeking Clinics too, and to top it all off, some great evening entertainment too. 
See Valsesia River Festival for details.

Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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