Gene17Kayaking has a comprehensive offer of both short courses, river tours and teaching trips in Norway. Simon Westgarth amoungst others heads up these products based principally in Sjoa. The opportunity to learn and progress swiftly is common place on our courses, plus we’re have fun trying new lines and enjoying the great white water to be found in Sjoa and beyond.

If you don’t see a course that suits you, just get in touch and talk to us. We can easily arrange one-to-one sessions, personal skills courses or any coaching you need. Furthermore, we now offer a coaching only solution to our teaching trips and 5 day River Tours in Norway. See below for dates and group rates.


Headed up by Simon Westgarth, our Norway Tours are a simple and straight forward solution to getting the local info, for flash lines and good times. The season starts in Telemark in late May, Voss in June and Sjoa in July & August, Valldal also in August. We have a range of scheduled dates, along with the option to secure your own dates. Contact Us to book or make a request.
Norway Tour 5 Day Tour 9000NOK / pp & 18000NOK / group - All coaching & guiding provided by Westgarth Education & Coaching (Org No. 922 022 763) on behalf of Gene17Kayaking.
We offer a 9 to 5 guiding service, with local river insight, premium paddling expertise and local shuttle assistance. This is a solution for paddlers who wish to get on the river in Norway, have a safe time and hit all the highlights on offer in a co-ordinated week for maximum water time and rising challenge. As per Gene17Kayaking's philosophy learning input and coaching clinics form part of the tour.
Forthcoming Dates:
23/30 June 2024 - Sjoa Creeking Class IV
30/7 June/July 2024 - Sjoa River Big Water Play Class III/IV
28/4 July/August 2024 - Valldal Creeking Class IV
4/11 August 2024 - Sjoa River Big Water Play Class III/IV
11/18 August 2024 - Sjoa River Big Water Play Class III/IV
18/25 August 2024 - Sjoa River Big Water Play Class III/IV


15/16 June 2024
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Get to grips with the fundamentals. Give us two days and we’ll show you how!

Whether you want to push your grade or you’re surviving your way down Class III+, we’ll take you back to the source and work on the core skills you need to take on whitewater world-wide.


13/14 June 2024
7/8 July 2024
29/30 August 2024
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INFO Let us help you step it up a level! If you’ve got the core skills, we’ll show you how to apply new-school dynamic paddling techniques to Class III whitewater. It’s not just about top-to-bottom survival: we’ll teach you a bag of tricks that’ll help you style your way down as an active member of the group, rather than having to rely on someone else to show you the way.


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With so many elements needed to be in place for the rocket to get off the ground, its hard to always grasp what they are and what methods are best.

LaunchPad takes a holistic approach to getting your desired lines, whereby Gene17kayaking will examine your performance, address any missing parts and coach you through changing your paddling. So the next time you’re trying to focus on all the elements in play to run the next rapid, you’ll be ready to launch from the launchpad.


9/10 July 2024
3/4 August 2024
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Boof it, flare it or melt it? We’ll show you how to tackle pushier water, bigger drops and more challenging rivers.

We’re all about specific skills, so we’ll cover the whole range from break-outs to boofs. There’s no ‘drop in at the top and hope for the best’, but there is a new, dynamic freeride style, waiting for you to take it to the water.


We offer our complete week long teaching trips in Sjoa as a coaching only solution. This week for both individuals and groups. Additional costs are charged for Otta train/bus shuttle, accommodation, catering, plus kayak/paddle hire too.

Our resident and visiting staff will be available throughout the summer offering both guiding and coaching, from Class II/III River Trips to Steep Creekin’ Missions in the Sjoa area of Norway, for week, day or half a day of guiding and coaching.

Contact Us if you need to sharpen your skills, need to give your club a rest or wish to step it up on your club’s day off, we will be on hand to provide a drop in, drop out river guiding service. What ever your paddling needs, we’ll be able to help.

Coaching & Guiding Day Rate

Any Day, Any Time in Sjoa from June to September

Group Guiding & Coaching 3500NOK a day
One2One Coaching 3000NOK a day

Teaching Trips - Coaching Only 6 Days

Sjoa Creeking: Late June
Sjoa Progressive: July & August
Valldal Road Trip: early August

Group Rate for a week of Coaching - 21000NOK
Individual Rate for a week of Coaching - 7000NOK
(Based on at least 3 participants)

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All Norway based courses are run by Westgarth Education & Coaching: Organisation Number 922 022 763 for Gene17Kayaking.