on the River Flow – November 2018 News


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November 2018
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter



We are currently ramping up to start our autumn/winter short course programme in the UK. With a patchy old time again, much like autumn last year. More recently however the rains have come and we have had come great levels for a wide range of courses in Devon. 

Rowan James started the season off in Devon, and has now gone to Chile, Deb Pinniger comes in soon for a month, and then Simon Westgarth returns just before New Years. Jakub Sedivy is about to start yet another alpine ski season in St Anton, lucky him.

The Gene17 Adventure Paddlers Weekend, is coming to its 17th Edition, with next generation graduate and all around kayaking superstar Barnaby Peers being the headline act.

Jakub Sedivy Heading thru the canyons of Sary Jaz

Sliding on granite in Italy, a spring delight. For May 2019 we have all three options; 
For 2019, something for everyone whether you live local, fly in from a far or drive over down to Valsesia, all with chalet or camping options.


The Adventure Paddlers Weekend, a meeting point for all kayakers near the end of the year celebrates the Adventure Paddlers Weekend! On Saturday Gene17kayaking hosts an evening of new films from recent expeditions. We’ll also have a DJ to see the night through. We leave the daytime free for yourselves to go paddling with your friends, to catch up on old times and have your our adventure. The event is located at the highly popular River Dart, on Dartmoor, as usual. 

TRADE NEWS: Wavesport launch their new Creek Boat, the Phenix next weekend, and several demo kayaks will be available at the APWE.

See you there.

Feels like we’ve been waiting a long time to go paddling in the UK this autumn, some rain, then nothing…….thankfully the weather has started to change these last few weeks and now our season can finally start to move.  Check out our Winter 2018/19 offer below. 


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
  • 22/23 Dec 18 Devon
  • 2/3 Feb 19 Devon
BC Progressive WW / Progressive & Dynamic – moving on to style your lines

  • 5/6 Jan 19 Devon
  • 26/27 Jan 19 Devon
LaunchPad – getting you ready to step up to harder white water

  • 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?

  • 29/30 Dec 18 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon 
  • 16/17 Feb 19 Devon 

BC White Water Kayak Leader Training

  • 14/15 Jan 19 Devon
  • 21/22 Feb 19 Devon

BC Basic WW Safety & Rescue

  • 12/13 Jan 19 Devon
  • 19/20 Feb 19 Devon
  • 5/6 Jan 19 Devon
  • 19/20 Jan 19 Devon
BC Advanced WW Safety & Rescue

  • 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

  • 7/8 Jan 19 Devon
  • 23/24 Feb 19 Devon
BC White Water Kayak Coach Assessment

  • 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.


Our closed course rate, of £250 a day for a Gene17kayaking coach for up to 4 white water paddlers is great value for money, as well as great coaching too. Contact Us for further information and booking.


We always run a full programme of white water courses for individuals too, and through the autumn into winter for 2017/18. Paddlers can of course book on individually, via our Course Webpage.  


The uptake this autumn/winter has been strong, especially for technique courses.  For us this means paddlers are starting again to focus on their paddling performance, as well as a strong desire to work through BC qualifications. We have lots of availability for intermediates & aspiring white water kayakers on our Fundamental Core Skills, Progressive & LaunchPad courses.  

Check out our News for updates and our popular 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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