on the River Flow – December 2018 News


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December 2018
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter



The recent Gene17Adventure Paddlers Weekend was another huge success. Speakers Barnaby Prees and Joe Rea-Dickins, plus videos from Neil Neil Peter and Eddy Mead all made for a great night. 6/8 December 2019 will be the next year’s event, again at the River Dart Country Park. 

Recently, our mission chief, Simon Westgarth has been in New Zealand, escaping the autumn for spring laps on the Kaituna and biking in the Redwoods of Rotorua. Jakub has just moved to St Anton for the skiing season and Rowan has been in Chile falling off waterfalls and running the Futa. 

As we head into the holiday period, it is a time to reflect on a long year of fine times, with some very ace people. The great moments about coaching on the white water, is that you get to share wonderful experiences in special places, and 2018 has been another great year. So thank you for the good times, and we hope to see you again in 2019. 

Remember Simon returns to Devon in the New Year, with a full course programme, and early booking for spring 2019 is already strong. If you wish to join us, over Christmas have a look at our totalling revamped website, with the themeX web engine ensuring our site works on all devices.

Spring fun on the Piode Waterfall in Italy

On most the trips from mid May onwards, the are now a Coaching Only option. This option gives paddlers the flexibility of getting to the destination themselves with their own gear, plus enjoy their own off the water arrangements; Trips like Piemonte Steep Creeking & Piemonte Intro to Creeking in Italy are good examples. In Slovenia all summer long, plus Norway too.

All our ROAD TRIPS in Corsica and Norway have a different Package Deal, with coaching, accommodation and local transport included. Through our experience this options allows for paddlers to take charge of there own catering, whether they wish to join their guide or experience something different.  Of course all these different service changes is reflected in the final trip price.


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

  • 5/6 Jan 19 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 2018/19. 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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