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Soča, Slovenia; for the paddler who wishes to coach on Class III and IV whitewater. Set in the perfect natural classroom of the Soča river, this course will have you guiding, coaching, and making decisions with confidence on Class III/IV rivers.

We’ve put this course together for paddlers who are following either a formal coach education like the BCU or for anyone wishing simply to learn to coach white water kayaking. We’ll cover everything from your paddling skills and coaching methods to modern, dynamic guiding techniques and real-world group management.

Nestled away in a quiet corner of the Julian Alps, the Soča valley is one of Europe’s premier kayaking destinations. Just a stone’s throw from the Italian border, the river Soča is a spectacle of nature and a paddler’s dream. Crystal clear blue water flows through smooth limestone gorges and clean open rapids, offering a forgiving, relaxed environment, where the level of challenge can be perfectly tailored to suit your needs. The gateway to the Balkans, set against the stunning backdrop of snow capped peaks, a visit to the Soča valley has you following in the footsteps of Napoleon and Hemingway, to a place of rich history and unique culture.

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 spend the week 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

Trip Programme

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

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This course will set the scene to what is required to coach, lead and paddle on Class IV. Your get coached in the cutting edge personal skills needed to tackle all types of river and how to coach these. Plus, you’ll be coached on how to develop the confidence to aid paddlers to make their own decisions and pick their own lines. Add in the long days (it doesn’t get dark until midnight) and the sheer scale of the landscape, and we’ll give you the best paddling of your life. By the end of the week you’ll know where you are in terms of personal progression, and where you need to go to be the next generation of Advanced WW Coach.

This course can include BCU Advanced Water Endorsement for those with the correct pre-requisites.

Trip 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 coaching the modern dynamic style, along with our progressive ideas in the paddler correct movement
  • We’ll look at spotting whitewater features for the ideal coaching 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 coach
  • 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 BCU Advanced Water Endorsement for those with the correct pre-requisites

Soča Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day. Relax, settle in and sample the local cuisine
Day 2 We’ll start off with a session looking at your gear and your boat outfitting. Then we’ll take to the water on the Upper Soča, a chilled-out run that gives us the chance to look at how you’re paddling and find out what you want to work on
Day 3 We’ll build on day 2, including a review of technical skills. We’ll also spend time looking at how different coaching methods work and reviewing current best practice
Day 4 Today we’ll concentrate on how to manage individual rapids, including scouting, guiding and rapid management
Day 5 Today’s the day to concentrate on river safety, including incident management and extractions
Day 6 Paddle for yourself: we’ll spend the morning on personal paddling workshops, followed by coaching workshops
Day 7 The Big day out! This all day mission’s the chance to use your newly developed skills and coaching tools on a classic.
Day 8 After a final review, we’ll drop you back at the airport
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

Sjoa Trip 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 Another big day out. We’ll head to a classic pool drop river and put your new skills to the test, whilst looking at group awareness and safety set ups and rescue scenarios.
Day 7 Norwegian classic, the Upper Rauma. We’ll head for something with fun drops, scenic surroundings and world class whitewater. The ideal finish to a perfect week. Focusing on the observation, and added value sessions for your learners.
Day 8 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 Advanced White Water Coach takes place on Class III/IV whitewater.
The Advanced White Water Coach trip 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 coaches. 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: 1300€

What the price does include

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

* Soča Trip – Airport Shuttle is to and from Trieste Airport, or Cividale Train Station in Italy. All arrivals to any of Venice’s airports, will need to make their way to Cividale for pick up prior to 18:00 on the day of arrival
** Sjoa Trip – 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 & 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

Soča Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying at our shared apartment in the Soča 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

Sjoa Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying at our shared apartment 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
  • BCU Fees
  • Bar bills
  • Travel & Boat insurance
  • Dinner on the final night
  • Tips

Deposit Payment

Coaching on the Upper Ula
Soča, Slovenia or Sjoa, Norway – Advanced White Water Coach



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