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Beginner Packraft Course at the Soca Valley

The Soca, the emerald green jewel of Slovenia, winds its way from the Julian Alps, through stunning natural landscapes, to the Adriatic.
For kayakers it is one of the most popular rivers in Europe.

This comes on the one hand from your crystal-clear, emerald green shimmering color, on the other hand from her fairness and variety.
It offers many sections with different levels of difficulty and countless play spots for practicing, so there is always something suitable for each level.

A must for every paddler. Packrafting the Soca river in Slovenia.
There we offer beginners and advanced courses and also private courses on request.
Even outside the river, Bovec and the surrounding area offers countless opportunities for activities. Hiking, climbing, paragliding, rafting, skidiving, kayaking and much more.

Take time to explore this beautiful valley.

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Soca Slovenia's Emerald.

The Soca is one of the famous paddle spots of Europe, on one hand by its wounderful color, the deep ravines, but also by the many different sections, the many play spots and their fairness. The river is just ideal for our courses.

This week you will be able to enjoy the wounderful landscape and how to maneuver your packraft sovereignly trought the rapids.
You learn important paddle techniques, get acquainted with the material and learn to „read“ water.
We will train the wet exit and how to come in and get out of an eddy.
All this takes place in one of the most beautiful paddling regions of Europe, in the heart of the Julian Alps. With its emerald green color, its fairness and the varied sections, the Soca is just perfect.

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Course content
On the first day we meet in one of the nice cafes in Bovec. After a sociable round, we get acquainted with the equipment and its handling in calm waters. We will train the wet exit and re-entering the Packraft.
The teaching content of the week is the basics of packrafting and the correct paddling techniques, such as eddy in and eddy out and ferry techniques. According from the easy to the difficult, from the known to the unknown.
A very important part of our course is the instruction in risk management. Therefore, each of our five-day courses includes a safety course. It is about hazard identification, assessment and avoidance. Swimming techniques in whitewater, the proper handling of a throw bag, the personal responsibility of each paddler and the right equipment. All course content in these training sessions based on current international standards and our many years of whitewater experience.
In addition to the practice on the river, our courses also include small theory units in which we deal with hydrology, the teaching of water, its types, properties and manifestations.
Once in the five days, we go for dinner together in one of the traditional restaurants.
We deliberately want to leave the accommodation type to our participants because it is very important to us that participants do not deny their self-determination. However, with the choice of accommodation we will not let you alone. On booking you will receive a list of accommodations.
Our courses do not focus on accompanied hiking. We focus on giving you our knowledge on and around the river to prepare you with a clear conscience as a responsible packrafter on your own adventures.

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5 Days

15. - 19.05.2023
17. - 21.07.2023
11. - 15.09.2023

We ask for your understanding that we do not offer any course in Slovenia in August, because the region is too crowded and for us environmental protection is very important and is not a question of economic viability.

Previous knowledge
No previous knowledge required

Number of participants
minimum 4 Person

Minimum age 14 years
accompanied by a legal guardian
Safe swimming
Normal physical condition
Enjoy new challenges

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Please note

We kindly ask you to understand that only CE approved lifejackets and white water Helmets are allowed in our courses. Inflatable swimming aids are not accepted just like climbing helmets.
You can use our rentallist as your own checklist.
Privat vehicles are required.
You also need a backpack at least 60l, carabiener, dry bag, straps to transport your equipment on land and river.
The equipment is handed out to the course participants on the first day and they are responsible until the last day of the course.
We have pay permission fee for using the river, which is to be paid by the participants themselve.
Costs 2020
Day ticket: 3,00 €
Week ticket: 16,00 €

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472€ total price
+ rent equipment (if necessary)

Meeting Point
10:00 am at Bar Gouf, Trg golobarskih žrtev 22, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia, Welcome round

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Bovec – Superlative at the foot of Triglav

When you start your exploration through the valley at the picturesque source of the Soča, Bovec is the first major place on your way. Its surroundings are bursting with natural superlatives. Not far from Bovec is the 144 m high waterfall Boka, the highest waterfall in Slovenia.

The Trenta Valley is home to one of the information centers of the National Park Triglav, named after Slovenia's highest peak.

The Valley of the Soca offers a variety of significant natural monuments from the source to the mouth:
The Soca origin (1,050 m) is one of the most beautiful springs in the Alps.

The Soca chiselled on its way a whole series of ravines.

The cheese made from the milk of the indigenous Bovec sheep grazing on the surrounding pastures can also be tasted on the way to the Mangart, to the summit of which is Slovenia's highest mountain road.
The surroundings of Bovec is made for a variety of outdoor activities and sports.

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