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Intermediate whitewater kayak school

Intermediate whitewater kayak school


Short description

Basic river running

We will help you on our whitewater kayak school! Let's improve your river running skills! Soca river is one of the best place to work on it. We can start whitewater kayak school in the spring, thanks for the warm climate of the valley. If you paddle Class 2, but you are not confident with paddling Class 3, your place is here.

  • First we learn the basic skills of whitewater kayaking on a flat part of the Soca river.
  • After we transit the new technics to the river, so we do some whitewater kayaking on easy whitewater.

In the whitewater kayak school we are focusing to have the basic boat handling skills, safe practice and a lot of fun, regarding for equipment and the natural environment.

Quick infos

Recommended for whitewater kayakers who already have whitewater kayaking experience (have done already kayak course)
Minimum age from the age of 10
Time slot 2,5-3 hours on river /lesson
Difficulty easy and medium difficulty, technical whitewater Class 2-3
Group size max. 4-5 people/ instructor
Available from 28th of March till 30th of September
Please note, that swimming ability is required from all the participant, and you can not take part on the tour if you are under the influence of drogs, alcohol or if you arepregnant due to safety reasons.
If you have a medical condition

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
  • pregnant
  • 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! .

What you learn

On our intermediate whitewater kayak course we are focusing to have the basic boat handling skills, safe practice and a lot of fun, regarding for equipment and the natural environment.
We learn the basics of the safe and fun river running on class 2 and 3 sections of the Soca:

  • How to use draw strokes
  • How to use stern rudder
  • How to use torso rotation
  • Eddy turns
  • Pill outs
  • Ferry glidings
  • River running
  • More about safety

Let's take your easy whitewater skills to more difficult on the second part of the lessons. Obstacles like waves, rocks will be encountered. For practicing we choose easy and medium whitewater sections of the Soca.

  • Pill outs in stronger current
  • Eddy turns in stronger current
  • Continuous river running
  • S turns
  • Surfing in small waves
  • Swimming in easy rapids
  • Basic river reading

Safety on whitewater kayak course

We give an overview of river features and hazards and offer practice swimming in whitewater. Safety is one of the most important thing during the whitewater kayak lessons. It is never enough to talk about it.
We think, a gradual development is the statute of whitewater kayaking education. Although people are different, there is always a chance to get scared in a rapid, if it is too big for our technical knowledge, preparedness. It is a big mistake to take away the incentive of an enthusiastic kayaker.
So, one of the statutes of our whitewater kayak course is to give you gradually more and more difficult exercises and paddle more and more difficulty rapids. It does not matter if you are advanced, or a beginner, the system is the same.

Number of participants

We do not like to mix the beginner and the advanced kayakers on our whitewater kayak course. We start the beginner whitewater kayak coaching with 2-5 people. This is the group size, which is safe and can be controlled by the kayak instructor.

Difficulty on kayak school

We always practice the basic technics with beginner kayakers on flat water, after we practice more on easy whitewater (Class 2). With advanced kayakers we first practice on easy water, after we can run Class 2-3 rapids.

Swimming in rapids

To swim and flip sometimes is part of the game. Everybody is swimming or flipping sometimes. You do not have to be afraid of it, it is possible to swim safely between to rocks of the rivers. To learn how to swimm in rapid is necessery.

Details of Intermediate kayak school

Where to meet - how it goes

Let's meet at Soca Rider Rafting Base which you can find 150 m-s before Bovec on the left side of the main road (before the roundabout at Hotel Mangart) to begin your Whitewater kayak course on Soca River.
After arranging the paper work and the payment, your guide staff will equip everyone with the necessary equipment.

After we will take a quick, 10 minutes drive to the put-in with the Soca Rider's jeep. We change next to Soca river (leave all dry clothes in the car), and after the safety talk nothing left, just to start your whitewater kayak course with us!

We finish our whitewater kayak course in the parking place, where the Soca Rider's jeep is waiting for us, so you can change immediately, and we have a short drive back to Bovec!

Soca Rider Bovec map

What to bring:

  • swim suit
  • towel
  • dry underwear to change after the tour
  • suncream
  • strap for glasses/sunglasses

What we give you:

  • helmet,
  • buoyancy aid,
  • neoprene suit,
  • neoprene shoes,
  • splashing or neoprene jacket, or both, or none (depending on the weather).
  • spray skirt

Other than kayaking

In our office we would be happy to give you some advise what to see in the Soca valley, natural wonders, good excursions, mountain trails! And you can check our small shop where you can find Soca Rider T-shirts

Reviews of Soca Rider

Soca Rider won the Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

I want to say thank you very much to the Soca Rider team. I have just finished the 3 day intermediate kayak school and it was a fantastic experience in a beautiful area. Everyone at Soca Rider was very friendly and professional. Our instructor was great, and really experienced and he and helped us improve our kayaking and have fun at the same time. The ladies at the front desk were really great too, and so were the drivers. I just wanted to say thanks for such a great experience, and I loved spending time in the beautiful Soca Valley and on the Soca river. I think you have probably got the best jobs on the planet, in one of the most amazing parts of the world. When I go home and show my family and friends the pictures and tell them how great it was, I will tell them they have to come to Slovenia, to the Soca Valley, and spend time with the Soca Rider team :) Thanks again guys. Great work. I hope we can come back again soon and do some more kayaking!
3-day intermediate kayak course. I really enjoyed the kayak course. The instructor was very helpful and always patient with me. He was able to understand the weak points of my whitewater kayaking skills. At the same time, he tried to push me further in order to improve my skills. I think that worked very well. Many thanks to Soca Rider! I will come back!
We came back this year for the intermediate kayak course having had such a good time doing the beginner one last year. We had another absolutely brilliant week, just the two of us and Gyula going to new bits of the river we hadn't been to before and developing our skills. Gyula is an absolutely brilliant instructor, giving us lots of positive encouragement whilst also pushing our limits, creating an ideal environment to develop our kayaking. Petra is always full of great tips for things to do in the valley when you have some free time, and is a warm and welcoming host. Petra and Gyula are a really special team and we cannot recommend Soca Rider enough. We hope to come back again soon!

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Whitewater kayak school

Whitewater kayak school

Prices of Intermediate kayak school

2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
Adults 150 € 220 € 290 € 350 €
Students, Kids under 15 years 150 € 220 € 290 € 350 €

Whitewater kayak school infos

Whitewater kayak school is available:
From 28th of March until 30th of September,
Whitewater kayak school starts
8.30am, or 13.30pm
Required minimum participants
Whitewater kayak school starts with minimum of 2 people from 15th of March till 31st of May, 3 people from 1st of June till 31st of August!

The price includes

  • time on river 2,5 - 3 hours
  • professional guides (with Slovenian licences)
  • all necessary equipment including kayaks as well
  • transfer between Bovec and Soca river
  • River permition
  • You will get photos from your kayak school as a present!
You can reserve your Whitewater kayak school with deposit payment, what you can do with credit card payment on our website.

Meet the team of Soca Rider

Meet our friendly and professional guides and crew.

  • Csaszi

    Founder, guide
    I love waters from my childhood. I started as a flat water canoe competitor, later I navigated my sea kayak along the sea coast and around many islands of Croatia, on the Adriatic. Recently I paddle mostly in whitewater kayak, but I still like every kind of water. In the time of the university I was working during the weekends as a rafting guide in Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia. After a few years of unsuccessful attempt as a horticultural engineer, I returned to the whitewater. I was working as a guide almost every day since 2008. Summertime in Slovenia, wintertime in Chile. Now, I am using the experience of many years in our company. In my free time of course I go cycling, or to the mountains, or I ride the Soča with my kayak. The Soča river is one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever paddled and this is the valley, where I am very glad to guide you!
  • Petra

    Founder, Contact manager
    hanks to my parents, I was sitting in a boat very early, mostly on flat waters of Hungary at first, and later on whitewaters of Austria as well. Later I was falling in love with the sea kayaking: a lot of water, huge distances, remote islands with all the beauty and danger of it. I went to South America spending half year there with Gyula, and I could see really high quality of whitewaters, and what does it mean, living close to the nature? From that time, there was no option to return to a big city and to my "old" life. We moved to Slovenia, to Bovec. I have a pharmacist degree, and I have thought I will cure the people with drugs, but I found something in Slovenia, what is able to cure in a better way. This is, what I would like to show you. I am always glad to go to the water, or to ride my bike roaming the countryside, or so happily put on my boots to go to the mountains of Julian Alps! This is my real world!
  • Jofo

    Jofo loves to be on the river and guide. He is an enthusiastic guide with a great sense of humor and with a spectial talent of figuring out good anymations, to get some extra on your trip. You can meet him on canyoning and whitewater rafting tour of Soca Rider. He was a flatwater kayaker since his childhood, and guided a lot of whitewater rafting tour in Slovenia and India. He's working on, that as you are a guest of the Soca Rider, have a safe, fun and memorable whitewater adventure, and that you always want to return to us, to the Soca valley.
  • Laci

    Laci is a friendly, dedicated and very helpful whitewater rafting guide of Soca Rider's Soca rafting tour. We are very happy to know him in our team. He is always checking where to help. He was working on whitewater in Austria and Slovenia. His other passion is riding a bike, he discoverd a lot of contries all over the word by bike. He is always paying attention, that you, as a guest of the Soca Rider, have a great time in Bovec, a safe and fun whitewater adventure, and that you always want to return to us, the Soca valley.