on the River Flow – September 2018 News


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September 2018
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter



Autumn is certainly now here, a time for summer’s delayed matters to finally get some attention. Some of you may of noticed for a prolonged period of time we have suffered some admin inefficiency. The cause of these delays has now permanently abated, and soon our intray is set to return to a more manageable level. We apologise if you had been disapponted by this. Soon we are set for more time on the river, and have some new projects to attend to as a result. More specific news at a future date.

Currently Simon is in Slovenia to turn around logistics from the summer as well as run a late season River Leader Training course. Plus next week at PaddleExpo, he’ll meet up with Jakub who just returned from a great paddling mission in Tajikistan. Chris is almost ready to complete a major milestone in his Doctorate programme, whilst Deb is back at West Highland Uni, plus Rowan has been enjoying a long summer in Norway and Slovenia. Autumn and winter projects have been set, with paddling adventures for some, research projects for others and time to reflect on the season’s events for all.

Later next month our UK season kicks off down in Devon, with rain in the forecast and our drysuits are at the ready!

Autumn Delights…


We are please to offer new dates for autumn 2018 of our very popular Upper Dart Guiding. We have again recruited our much requested guides, Amy Elworthy and Rowan James. Whether it is your first trip down one of England’s best Class IV runs or you wish to enjoy some fresher lines, this is a great way to enjoy the Upper Dart.

Upper Dart Guiding – a course to grasp fundamental comprehension & boat control
  • 27 Oct 18
  • 17 Nov 18
  • 2 Dec 18
  • 29 Dec 18
Want your own dates? Contact Us with a request.


Here is our complete Devon course programme for autumn & winter 2018/19.  Check out the dates below.  Many courses have strong bookings.

BC WW Kayak / Fundamental Core – a course to grasp fundamental comprehension & boat control
  • 20/21 Oct 18 Devon
  • 17/18 Nov 18 Devon
  • 22/23 Dec 18 Devon
  • 2/3 Feb 19 Devon
BC Progressive WW / Progressive & Dynamic – moving on to style your lines

  • 27/28 Oct 18 Devon
  • 8/9 Nov 18 Devon
  • 24/25 Nov 18 Devon
  • 5/6 Jan 19 Devon
  • 26/27 Jan 19 Devon
LaunchPad – getting you ready to step up to harder white water

  • 17/18 Nov 18 Devon
  • 15/16 Dec 18 Devon 
  • 12/13 Jan 19 Devon
  • 9/10 Feb 19 Devon
BC Advanced WW / Boofs & Drops – starting to run drops, but want the control?

  • 10/11 Nov 18 Devon
  • 1/2 Dec 18 Devon
  • 29/30 Dec 18 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon 
  • 16/17 Feb 19 Devon 

BC White Water Kayak Leader Training

  • 3/4 Nov 18 Devon
  • 14/15 Jan 19 Devon
  • 21/22 Feb 19 Devon

BC Basic WW Safety & Rescue

  • 27/28 Oct 18 Devon
  • 1/2 Nov 18 Devon
  • 12/13 Jan 19 Devon
  • 19/20 Feb 19 Devon
BC White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

  • 8/9 Dec 18 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon
  • 8/9 Dec 18 Devon
  • 5/6 Jan 19 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon
BC Advanced WW Safety & Rescue

  • 6/7 Dec 18 Devon
  • 3/4 Jan 19 Devon
  • 17/18 Jan 19 Devon
BC Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

  • 8/9 Dec 18 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon
BC White Water Coach Training

  • 30/31 Oct 18 Devon
  • 10/11 Dec 18 Devon 
  • 7/8 Jan 19 Devon
  • 23/24 Feb 19 Devon
BC White Water Kayak Coach Assessment

  • 5 Nov 18 Devon
  • 2 Jan 19 Devon 
  • 25 Feb 19 Devon
BC White Water Coach (Advanced) Training

  • 12/13 Jan 19 Devon
  • 17/18 Jan 19 Devon
  • 11 Jan 19 Devon
  • 16 Jan 19 Devon
Want something else not on the list, Contact Us with a request.

We offer the both the White Water Coach and Advanced White Water Coach training in Devon every autumn & winter. We bring our white water kayaking core beliefs to coach education. Providing insight into performance models, flair in coaching desirable river running technique and delivering first rate coaching process strategies. If a weekend course is not enough why not join us for our week long White Water Coach programme in Slovenia next spring & in Norway next summer, our new Advanced White Water Coach training course.
For this autumn the uptake is already very strong for advanced white water paddlers, and we have lots of availability for intermediates & aspiring white water kayakers on BC River Leader Training and BC Basic WWS&R, in addition to our coach eduction programmes, BC White Water Coach & BC Advanced White Water Coach Training.

There will be further work on Gene17Kayaking’s website over the coming months with a completely new fresh look, plus several new trips. Check out our News for updates and our Facebook Page.

If you do not see something for yourself above, why not drop us a line with a request.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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