Rafting on Sjoa

Course Programme

Overview & Summary
Course Content
Course Itinerary
Group Composition
Experience Required
What the Price Does/Does not Include
Deposit Payment
Booking Info

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Sjoa, Norway is famous for waterfalls, slides, and monster rapids, however it is also home to more of the world’s finest Class III and IV white water than you’ll find anywhere else. From the big and bouncy Sjoa to steep and technical Store Ula, and everything in between, the region has it all, and that’s why we run our highly popular progressive trips here.

You’ll be based on the banks of the Sjoa river, home to some of the world’s finest whitewater, and less than an hour’s drive from a huge range of rivers of all styles. From steep creeks for practising boofs and flares, to curlers and waves to ride on big volume rivers, there’s nowhere better to experience a wide variety of whitewater. All allowing us to experience a wide range of tactics and develop technique promptly and effectively.

During the course, you’ll attend on 2 specific training courses as part of the overall D4DR River Pro programme. These add to the Gene17’s over riding course content of what’s needed to work on the river.

To work on the river in an adventure tourism setting, you need to be a River Professional. This means guiding rafts, safety kayaking, setting up safety cover and executing rescues all in a days work. The core elements to a solid river professional can be drilled down to 3 subjects:

River Guiding
On the river, there’s a set of common skills you need for safe and successful descents. We give you those skills. We’ll also look at river guiding from a kayak and raft, concentrating on running fun, safe trips on water up to class IV. We’ll aim to cover all the elements of BCU 5 Star Training but – first and foremost – we’ll be showing you all the skills and tricks that we’ve picked up from year after year on the water. Experience matters, though, so we’ll spend time on rivers throughout the Sjoa area.

Safety & Rescue Technician
Safety’s paramount to working on whitewater, so we’ll give you the skills to stay safe in a dynamic river environment. The Rescue 3 International, WRT course, covers everything from first response to steep access work.

Kayak Paddling
We’ll offer your BCU 5 Star Training but, more importantly, we’ll develop paddling skills to apply to any situation. We cover all the very best of dynamic new school paddling, breaking down even the most complex moves and techniques into clear, easy-to-follow teaching points. From flatwater to Alpine class IV, we’ll show you the tactics you need for a solid paddling repertoire.

Course Content

  • We’ll get you paddling dynamically, keeping your momentum through rapids and drops, powering through turns, and mastering precise paddle place, needed for steeper white water
  • We’ll give you the tools for paddling the modern dynamic style, along with our progressive ideas in the paddler correct movement
  • We’ll look at spotting whitewater features for the ideal learning venues, allowing for dynamic risk assessments and accommodating the demands of your group
  • We’ll sharpen up your whitewater safety and rescue skills in the formal setting of a professional river leader
  • We’ll help you find where you are with your paddling and we’ll give you a progression plan to work to
  • We’ll sign off the Rescue 3 WRT & IRF’S Guide Course for those with the correct pre-requisites

Course Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day. Settle into Sjoa and meet the rest of the team
Day 2 Hit the water! After a quick gear review and boat outfitting session, we’ll go for a chilled out paddle on the Sjoa. It’ll give us the chance to look at how you’re paddling and find out what you want to work on
Day 3 Today is a technical skill review and the chance to set some goals for the rest of the week. We’ll head to a more challenging section of the Sjoa and introduce you to some of the key concepts of dynamic river paddling.
Day 4 Coaching best practise! We’ll spend the morning working on the paddlers correct movement – a sure-fire way to sharpen up your river skills. In the afternoon, we’ll head out for a river trip
Day 5 An all-day trip to the Lori. This classic run combines quality whitewater with an amazing canyon.  We’ll look at formal leading of a group, accommodating coaching whilst running different river styles on the Lori.
Day 6-8 International Rescue 3 Course – Whitewater Rescue Technician Course, based in the Sjoa Valley

Day 9 Introduction to rafting, a full run of the River Sjoa, THE Norwegian Classic

Day 10-12 International Rafting Federation, Guide Course & Assessment.
Day 13 A cruiser paddle on a local classic
Day 14 The last big day out on a paddling adventure
Day 15 Departure day: We’ll give everybody an individual debrief before heading off.
Of course, this schedule’s only a guideline: we’ll chop and change depending on how you’re getting on, what the levels are like and what everyone wants to do

Group Composition

The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world. Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.

Experience Required

The D4DR River Pro Course takes place on Class III/IV whitewater.
The D4DR River Pro Course is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 4 – 6 hours in a day on Class III/IV and wish to become the next generation of river professionals. Generally the rivers are accessible with near road access, but occasionally there may be some exposed terrain. This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade. Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during peak runoff for sometimes extended periods of time. You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.

What the Price Does/Does not Include

TRIP COST: 2250€

What the price does include

  • Teaching and Instruction
  • Full accommodation including all meals
  • Local collection & River shuttles*
  • Use of a full spec whitewater kayak** from our fleet

* Getting from Oslo Airport – There is a frequent yet irregular bus and train service from Oslo to Otta. We collect from Otta Bus/Train Station from 1800-1900 on the day of arrival, and drop off for 1000 on the day of departure. An airport shuttle from Oslo to Sjoa is NOT included with ANY of our Norway Trips, Courses & Adventures, as the direct public transport link is straight forward and easy to undertake.
** Gene17 has a small yet excellent selection of kayaks for a range of different sized paddlers, & these are available on a first come, first served basis ONLY

Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying at our shared rooms in the Sjoa Valley with all bed linen provided. We’ll provide a continental breakfast, a light lunch and an evening dinner either at a local restaurant or home-cooked by one of our guides

The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

  • A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
  • Your paddle
  • Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
  • Solid footwear for bank support – no sandals
  • Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner

What the price does not include

  • Airport shuttle*
  • Visa fees
  • Flight
  • Bar bills
  • Travel & Boat insurance
  • Dinner on the final night
  • Tips
  • NGB Admin & Course Folder Fees

Deposit Payment

Inspected Ula falls
Sjoa, Norway – D4DR River Pro – 2250€

Course Date:
6/20 June 2015 – Sjoa, Norway


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Deposit Payment 750€