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July 2020
Gene17's River Flow Newsletter


Well that was a big break. Locked down at home, dreaming about the end of the ski season, and then the beginning of the snow melt, all whilst a lot was going on online and in peoples homes, and at the same time not much paddling action at all was had. We hope you managed to stay safe, and wish you better days ahead.

Like most tour operators and kayak schools, we have been heavily affected by the current global pandemic and the resulting restrictions on movement. In February COVID-19 closed us down for the booking season, with both the Soča and Valsesia trip programmes cancelled, plus both the Valsesia River Festival in Italy and Sjoa River Festival in Norway also canned for 2020. The impact on operations has been significant, and as such the day to day viability came into question at one point. All the large annual fixed costs had gone out in late winter, so facing a potential long term shutdown, we were heading into a tight spot.

Thankfully we were able to start short course operations in Norway by June, and already the corner has been turned for now in 2020. All clients from this past spring bookings, thankfully moved their deposits to 2021. For this we are extremely grateful to have such an understanding people come paddle with us. Thank you all.

So for now we have both a trip and short course programme in Norway. These are of course aimed at those paddlers whom are both local or can travel to Norway freely after restrictions for some nations were lifted on 15th July. We're not expecting big numbers, yet we will be welcoming some familiar faces in August. Come September we have a trip programme in Slovenia too. We hope you can join us, and if not perhaps in 2021. We'll excited to welcome everyone to enjoy great days on the river for us soon. Check out the new Dagger Rewind on the Åseng Canyon of Sjoa in Norway in the image above....lots of fun for every one.

If you're looking for something steeper, Norway has all you need. On our Valldal Road Trip, we'll hit major kayaking highlights. Or c ome and join us on the Sjoa for our Progressive & Dynamic Trip, mastering Class III/IV whitewater . All of these trips include a premium white water kayak and Werner paddle, local transport and great coaching & guiding. We can arrange accommodation & catering. See below for dates, and the specific trip links. 


26/2 July/August 2020  -  Sjoa Progressive & Dynamic
2/9 August 2020  - Valldal Road Trip 
9/16 August 2020 -  Sjoa Progressive & Dynamic
16/23 August 2020  -  Sjoa Progressive & Dynamic

Super Soča September - after our Nordic summer season finishes in Norway in late August, we are planning a comprehensive late summer into autumn programme in Slovenia. We are offering these courses as coaching only sessions and can supply kayak & paddle rental for free with every booking. Check out our September dates below and contact us to book:
  • Soča Elemental Skills - 29/5 Aug/Sept 2020
  • Soča Fundamental Core - 5/12 Sept 2020
  • Soča LaunchPad - 12/19 Sept 2020
  • Soča River Leader - 19/26 Sept 2020
  • Soča Alpine River Leader - 19/26 Sept 2020
See Kayaking Trips for links to these trips and more.


Genotype 2, now available on Vimeo. A solid & thorough look at modern whitewater kayaking technique and tactics, now online & accessible for free for all.


Next Generation Training 2016
Next Generation Training 2016

For year's Gene17kayaking has been running a Next Generation Training course, base in Sjoa during early AUTUMN. We are currently inviting applications to this training course. Those successful applications, will be heading to Sjoa for a week long training course with Gene17's lead team, who'll offer cutting edge performance coaching for your paddling and insightful advice for your career, at an attractive low price. See   Next Generation Training course for trip details. Our dates are 30/6 August/September 2020 in Slovenia.

To apply, complete our Application Form with your application. Applications close when all 3 new places have been taken, and places are to be allocated in August 2020. All applicants need to be 18 or over by 30th August 2020.

See you on the river.


Best Regards,


Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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