Soca All Summer Long – June 2017 News


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June 2017
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter



After 6 weeks in Slovenia for early spring, our whole operation has moves to Valsesia in Italy for another 6 weeks. Our Steep Creeking spring is soon over, after which we head to France, Norway and back to Slovenia.
With spring over, our attentions are drawn to the coming summer fun. Here we look at hot summer days in Slovenia, our logistics base and home to the best learning venue for aspiring beginners and intermediates alike. We love the clear white water, with the boulder garden moves aplenty. We can feel pressure on our blades, as if the Soča was bigger water, and yet the risks and exposure are low whilst the rewards for nailing the moves are high and delightful. With fine local beer and good wine, plus “al fresco” dinning ensures you’ll have a great holiday too.
On all our teaching trips, everything is included, a premium kayak, Werner paddle, catering, accommodation, local airport shuttle as well as our coaching and insight to your development. Why not join us on the Soča, we’re be there all summer long. Check out our summer Slovenia offerings as well as the French Alps tours, and Contact Us if you wish to join even at short notice.


Enjoying a sunny beach on the side of the Soča

In the coming months we’ll be in residence all summer long in Slovenia on the prefect classroom for white water kayaking, the Soča. 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. We have all the top spots for learning on the river dialled and deliver an completely authentic experience off the water too.  On offer are all our Skills Development courses, from Elemental Skills to River Leader Training. 


Andrew Bonney has already started our summer trips & courses that will run through to September.



24/1 /June/July – River Leader Training – incl. BC River Leader & WWS&R
1/8 July  Fundamental Core 
5/12 August Elemental Skills
12/19 August – River Leader Training – incl. BC River Leader & WWS&R

19/26 August – Fundamental Core 
26/2 August/Sept – Soca LaunchPad

23/30 Sept – River Leader Training – incl. BC River Leader & WWS&R
23/30 Sept Alpine River Leader Training – incl. BC Advanced River Leader & AWWS&R
23/30 Sept – White Water Coach – incl. BC MWE


During 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.

Simon Westgarth & Andrew Bonney head up our French Alps programmes, running Guided Tours and BC Courses. Our Guided Tours are 5 days guiding with coaching from Monday’s to Friday’s.  The British Canoeing courses we offer include BC 4 & 5 Star/River Leader & Advanced River Leader, with assessments are available in June.  See below for dates:

13/17 June – Full Charger
20/24 June – Progressive & Dynamic
27/1 June/July –  Alpine Fundamentals

12/13 June 17 – Advanced WWS&R
14/15 June 17 – 5 Star/Advanced River Leader Training
16/17 June 17 – 5 Star/Advanced River Leader Assessment

26/27 June 17 – Basic WWS&R

28/29 June 17 – 4 Star/River Leader Training
30/1 June/July 17 – 4 Star/River Leader Assessment

See you on the river.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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