On the River Flow – February 2018



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February 2018
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter
With the UK short courses programme continues on into March with Nick Horwood and Simon Westgarth hitting a few tail end of the season courses down in Devon. Our season will start in Slovenia during late March with our Next Generation Training course with Simon Westgarth. We have a few places left on this great week of boot camp style training for the aspiring wanting to come into the industry. Straight afterwards our spring trips start on the Soča in Slovenia, with the later April trip, having good availability.


In addition to early spring in Slovenia, we’re be steep creeking in Italy as normal through May and June. Also we’re in the French Alps from June, all summer for our guided tours plus coaching/guiding services. 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.


Due to recent numerous requests we have added a new range of solutions for paddlers coming to Valsesia. For over 17 years we have offered our benchmark week long all inclusive Piemonte Steep Creeking, adding the Intro to Creeking trip along the way, and hosting the Valsesia River Festival for the past 7 years.


New on offer are both day clinics, short courses and coaching only week long programmes with Gene17Kayaking’s core team of coaches. We are in Valsesia 29th April through to 10th June in 2018. With such great snow conditions, we’ll expecting a fine runoff season this spring in Italy.
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, Deb Pinniger & Simon Westgarth.  See below for our forthcoming spring dates:



21/29 April 2018 – Fundamental Core
21/29 April 2018 – 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.  Our local team with Nico Chassing & Thomas Bankes live in the Durance Valley, and have all the up to date river knowledge you can wish for. Our French Alps programmes, includes Guided Tours are 5 days guiding with coaching from Monday’s to Friday’s. In addition to open bookings for coaching by the day.  See below for dates:
11/15 June – Full Charger
18/22 June – Progressive & Dynamic
25/29 June –  Alpine Fundamentals

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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