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Beginner whitewater kayak school on Soca river, Bovec, Slovenia

  • Have you ever tried whitewater kayaking? It is the biggest fun!

    Ok, to be honest, let's start from the beginning! What do you get, when you will sit in the kayak for first time? The kayak is not totally stable and you can't go even 4 m straight, because can't control the direction! And you are closed in the kayak with your sprayskirt... But after a small practice, you will manage and after a couple of days you will kayak!

    Half day whitewater rafting on Soca river, in Bovec, Slovenia

    • Recommended for beginner whitewater paddlers
    • Number of active days: it can be 2-3-4-5 days dependes on your choice!
    • Duration: 2,5-3 hours on river /lesson
    • Difficulty: flat water and easy white water sections WW 1-2
    • Group size: max. 4-5 people/ instructor
    • Available: 15th of March till 31st of October
  • Our whitewater kayak lessons are structured into two parts of a progressive lesson.

    • 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.

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

    Some basic knowledge you have to know before running any whitewater rapids:

    • How to lift and carry your kayak
    • How to launch the river
    • Learn basic strokes
    • Practice the basic turning strokes
    • Get the proper posture
    • How to keep your the balance with bracing
    • How to keep your balance with edging the kayak
    • Basic safety features: such as capsizing and swimming and self rescue
    • How to make your kayak empty

    whitewater kayak school

    Let's take your flat water skills to the whitewater on the second part of the whitewater kayak lessons. Small obstacles like waves will be encountered.

    For practicing we choose easy whitewater section of the Soca.

    • How to paddle down in the current
    • How to cross the river downstream
    • How to cross the river upstream
    • Practice the basic turning strokes
    • Get the proper posture
    • How to keep your the balance with bracing
    • How to keep your balance with edging the kayak
    • How to make eddy turns
    • How to make your kayak empty

  • 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 courses. 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 education 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.


    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 2-4 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. It is possible to learn and after a while it is necessary to learn, of course. It is possible to turn back upside up, with a flipped kayak as well, and it is not super difficult, everybody can learn. To learn it easily it is better to learn some stokes and stroke combinations.

  • I would like leave a comment for those who are thinking of taking whitewater kayak lessons with SocaRider. Together with my wife we took a whitewater kayak course with SocaRider in the past two weeks. IT IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT! The Soca river is just so clean and colourful. But even more amazing are the people from Soca Rider. Gyula is the kayak guide. His love for kayaking will immediately hit you. He knows every wave, every stone of the river and together with his patience he allways makes you feel comfortable. He adopts the lessons to the skills of the clients and makes every lesson a great experience. Petra is the manager of the company. She organizes the trips and the transportation and also has a lot of tipps what you can do around Bovec on your rest days. Together they are a great team and two very nice persons. What more can I say? Today was the last day of our vacation. We already took whitewater kayak tour with SocaRider last year. We liked it so much that we had to come back this year again. And I hope it will not be the last time. To all those people out there: If you want an amazing whitewater experience, these are the people that will make it happen!

    Thorsten & Annette

    We have spent 4 pleasant days at River Soca with Socarider. Perfect teacher, high quality equipments, fine services. So many useful information about the area, very cute and communicative staffs :).Highly recommended for everyone, who wants to learn to kayaking, or just want to get any kind of whitewater experience... I'll go back ASAP :)


    Best Instructor Janez, And Best service! Excellent patience with The students. Excellent equipment. All days was On time with No waiting. Fantastic Company.


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  • Whitewater kayak course is available:
    From 15th of March until 31th of October
    Kayak courses start
    9am, 2pm
    Required minimum participants
    Kayak courses starts with minimum of 2 people from 15th of March till 31st of May, 3 people from 1st of June till 31st of August!

    Kayak course Price
    2 days Kayak lessons 130 €
    3 days kayak lessons 190 €
    4 days kayak lessons 250 €
    5 days kayak lessons 300 €

    The price includes:

    • Hours / lesson 2,5-3 hours
    • all necessary equipment
    • River permit
    • Transportation between Bovec and Soca river
    • Free pictures
    • EPP diplome (if you attend to a 5 days course)
    You can reserve your Whitewater kayak course with 20% of deposit payment, what you can do with credit card payment on our website.

White water kayak courses in Bovec, Slovenia