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Here are some frequently asked questions and related responses about white water tours in Bovec Slovenia.
I have never been river rafting before!
When is the best time to go white water rafting?
Soca river is closed for paddling from november 1 st of until march 15 th , so in that time we do not do the tours. Rafting Slovenia starts on march 26 th when we open our office in Bovec and from this date an all to October 31 st all rafting, canyoning or whitewater kayaking lovers are welcome. Here is the summary of what kind of weather you can expect in the months of the season and what programs are suitable in those months.
Usually snow still does not start melting at this time so the water is not that high yet and it is suitable for doing kayak courses. The Soca river is also not crowded at that time and it has the most beautiful emerald colour! Full day and half day rafting tours are also an option. Family rafting and canyoning programs are recommended only for those, who like cold water.
At this time the snow in the mountains usually starts melting, so you can expect a „big” water rafting experience! Kayak tours and kayak courses are still possible on the ideal river sections. Our family rafting tour is recommended only if the weather is good in may, but june, july and august are the perfect months to do family rafting tour. Our canyoning program at this time is only recommenden for the people that will not get too cold in that cold water.
In june the summer begins but it is still not the high season in soca valley, so if you do not like the crowds, you should come in this time. Great time for friends or smaller groups to fulfill their weekend by doing some rafting or canyoning! At this time we recommend full day rafting tours that start at the upper section of the river where the water level is also very good. Also everybody that would like to do family rafting, kayaking or canyoning is welcome!
July - August
at this time there is a high season in the Soca valley, so it is the best if you pre-book the programs and accommodation. Also the temperature is the highest at this time and the Soca river reaches the maximum temperature, which is still not over 16 degrees. Soca water level drops quite a lot by august unless we do not get a couple of days of rain. There are still splashes and waves but the river becomes more technical to paddle. There are a lot of activities to do at this time. Our family rafting and canyoning programs are the best to do in this period. Also kayak tours and courses are good to do at this time.
by September the high season ends but it is still a good time to try out some water activities like family white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning. Usually we get a little more rain and the water level raises, so you can expect bigger waves, more adventure on the river
In our opinion Soca valley is the most beautiful at this time. The trees begin to gain beautiful colors and emerald color of Soca river is even more highlighted. This is the time of postseason. It is still a good time to do rafting and kayaking. But family rafting and canyoning we only recommend to the people that will not get to cold in that cold water .
Does the tour go in case of bad weather?
I’m not very athletic, can I still go on a tour?
What clothes should I take to the white water tours?
- dry underwear to change after the tour
- glasses/sunglasses strap
What equipment do I get?
For rafting, canyoning and whitewater kayaking you will receive the following equipment from us .
Whitewater rafting, canyoning, kayak tour and kayak course equipment :
- neoprene suit (4mmthick)
- neoprene jacket (3mm thick – in case of a cold weather)
- splash jacket
- neoprene shoes (size 26-50)
- PFD Personal Flotation Device( from kids size up to 112cm chest size)
We take care that all of the neoprene equipment gets washed after every tour
Other whitewater kayak course equipment:
- sprayskirt (Peak UK and Palm)
- Ainsworth paddles (different sizes)
Available white water kayaks
- Dagger Mamba 8.0
- Dagger Mamba 8.5
- Dagger GTX
- Dagger Nomad 8.5
- Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel 85
Our kayaks are the type that is really the most suitable for paddling on Soca river also for beginners who would like to gain knowledge of white water kayaking. We change them constantly with new versions and brands.
Can I set my own Go-Pro camera?
Which bars, party places are recommended in Bovec?
- Kavarna caffe house ( where you can get first class cappuccino),
- Platz Cafe (where you can go when everything else is allready closed),
- Felix Bar ( a real pub with exellent service)
- A little further away from the centre there is Crna Ovca, black sheep (5 minutes walk). our cozy wooden house, good music, a wide selection of drinks. tennis courts, outdoor grill, playground, boulder wall, part of the basement has billiards facilities. in the summer high season (august july) stage in the main square is set up with wide program available for visitors. concerts, folklore evenings, dancing, and much more to add color to the
Questions about reservation:
Do I have to make a reservation in advance for rafting, canyoning and kayak tours?
How much in advance should I book my whitewater advanture?
How can I reserve my rafting, canyoning, kayak tour with Soca Rider?
- on our website fill up the reservation form
- call us on the following phone number +38641-596-104
- come to our office in Bovec and make a reservation personally
When can I be sure that my reservation is done?
I sent the reservation form but I didn't get any answer..
How can I change or cancel the date of my whitewater tour?
If you would like to cancel your tour, please let us know, so we won't wait for you. The required deposit what you paid for the reservation you can apply to book another tour in the same year as the deposit had been paid, till the 30th of September.
Questions about payment:
Where do I pay the price of the whitewater tour?
How much deposit should I pay in advance
Do you accept credit cards
Questions about safety:
I’m not very athletic, can I still go on a tour?
Do I need to know how to swim?
During the tour you can fall our from the boat and in that case you should be able to swim out to the shore. We provide PFD (Presonal Flotation Device) but a PFD can not swim by itself.
I have a medical condition can I come to the whitewater tour?
Required health condition for whitewater programs:
It is important for us to know if you have a medical condition when you participate on our whitewater rafting, canyoning, whitewater kayak tour. In this case we can take better care of you and avoid accidents, if any problem happens, our guides are more prepared and can faster solve the problem. All of our guides are certified whitewater rescuer, they renew their licence every 2-3 years and have a wide variety of experience.
Unfortunately you can not participate on any of our whitewater program if you are
- not swimmer
- under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- physically or mentally disabled
- blind or deaf
You might be able to join to our whitewater tours
Please consult us about your medical condition if you :
- have asthma, epilepsy or diabetes
- have a heart condition
- have a spine problem (spinal hernia, problem with discs...),
- had an operation in the last 2 years
- had an injury in the last 2 years (broken bones, dislocated shoulder..),
- have a blood clotting problem
- serious allergy
- or any other medical condition which is not listed above
Please let us know if you need any medicine during the tour, you can take it with you to the river or to the canyon. Our guides have a waterproof box for First aid kit, they can put your medicine into it. And last but not least Please inform your guide about your medical condition! .