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Inflatable Kayak

A centuries-old way of running rivers, now with modern equipment!
In fact, inflatable kayaks are exact copies of those used by Native Americans, also called Canadian canoes, which they used to transport hides and food, travelling along the rivers for trade and hunting.
Evolution of this ancient watercraft has produced an inflatable kayak using modern materials, making it virtually unsinkable and easy to manoeuvre.
Two different models can accommodate either a single paddler or a pair, so solo or group excursions are possible.


This activity, contrary to common belief, is suitable for novices too, as no special abilities are required.
The only pre-requisites are that you can swim and want the true river experience – never has the term full-immersion been more apt!

Our basecamps in the Valsesia e Vara Valleys, the pristine waters of the two rivers, together with our team of qualified guides offer landscapes of rare beauty and a memorable excursion.

Each inflatable kayak accommodates one or two paddlers, based on the chosen model, and a F.I.Raft or River Guide/Kayak Instructor will conduct a dry briefing to illustrate the descent and paddling techniques and will accompany each excursion giving directions during the run.

Equipment provided by the centre: One or two-seater inflatable kayak, paddle, 3mm sleeveless neoprene wetsuit, 5mm neoprene jacket, helmet, lifejacket.

What to bring: A wool, fleece or microfibre shirt (those used for skiing are fine), swimming costume, socks, trainers with non-slip soles or lightweight hiking boots, personal items for showering and a dry change of footwear.

All equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.

Valsesia Descents

The Eddyline School offers three different descent routes: Classic, Expert and through the awe-inspiring Sesia Gorge.

In addition, for those looking for advanced training, such as handling and river rescue techniques, the School offers specific training courses during the week or at the weekend.

The objective of these excursions is not only to ‘learn the ropes’, but also to actively encourage the creation of a team spirit between participants, building socialization under the banner of sports.

This is the longest (approximately 10 kms) and most exciting run on the Sesia River. The main features of this route are the emerald coloured waters that are so transparent you can observe local fish species and the navigation of a series of hair-raising rapids followed by calm pools.

This section is a medium difficulty category with III and IV grade rapids. Their names are Trancia, Slalom, Ubriaco and Igloo, together with other less well-known, but still highly respectable rapids.

During the descent, we pause in a small pool to allow participants to leap off a natural rock trampoline. Each inflatable kayak accommodates one or two paddlers, based on the chosen model, and a F.I.Raft or River Guide/Kayak Instructor will conduct a dry briefing to illustrate the descent and paddling techniques and will accompany each excursion giving directions during the run.

This descent is suitable for all levels, both for those with previous inflatable kayak experience and those who are newcomers to the sport.

This activity is carried out during the whole week, from Monday to Sunday.

Season
from May to July, and based on rainfall in August and September (activity start-up and closure may be influenced by levels of seasonal river depths).

Formula
This is a group activity, each group formed by 2 people.

Excursion length
Approximately 3 hours, including travel from and to the basecamp, kitting-up and descent technique and river safety briefing. Times may vary based on the number of participants in the group.

Equipment provided by the centre:
One or two-seater inflatable kayak, paddle, 3mm sleeveless neoprene wetsuit, 5mm neoprene jacket, helmet, lifejacket.

What to bring:

A wool, fleece or microfibre shirt (those used for skiing are fine), swimming costume, socks, trainers with non-slip soles or lightweight hiking boots, personal items for showering and a dry change of footwear.

Inflatable Kayak – Valsesia – Classic Run 55.00 Euro (per person)

Note: all equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.

In this section, the Sesia carves its way through impressive granite cliffs, where the granite riverbed is only a few metres wide forcing the river into a whitewater frenzy.
In this gorge, a renowned natural beauty spot, the current forms extraordinary water features enhanced by the sunlight filtering down into the ravine.

This run is shorter than the Classic descent and is carried out when water levels fall too low in the classic section. In fact, on the Sesia, when the water is deep enough to run the “classic” section, the Gorge becomes unrunnable due to its conformation.

Put-in is adjacent to an ancient Roman bridge. During the run two portages are foreseen (necessary to circumvent unrunnable or dangerous rapids – getting out of the river, walking downstream and getting back in after the rapid), one of which, about halfway down the run, is extremely eye-catching, where the whole river hurtles through a rock tunnel, less than 2 metres wide and then spouts out as a waterfall.
During the descent, we pause in a small pool to allow participants to leap off a natural rock trampoline.

Each inflatable kayak accommodates one or two paddlers, based on the chosen model, and a F.I.Raft or River Guide/Kayak Instructor will conduct a dry briefing to illustrate the descent and paddling techniques and will accompany each excursion giving directions during the run.

This descent is suitable for all levels, both for those with previous inflatable kayak experience and those who are newcomers to the sport.

This activity is carried out during the whole week, from Monday to Sunday.

Season
from August to September (activity start-up and closure may be influenced by levels of seasonal river depths).

Formula
This is a group activity, each group formed by 2 people.

Excursion length
Approximately 3 hours, including travel from and to the basecamp, kitting-up and descent technique and river safety briefing. Times may vary based on the number of participants in the group.

Equipment provided by the centre:
One or two-seater inflatable kayak, paddle, 3mm sleeveless neoprene wetsuit, 5mm neoprene jacket, helmet, lifejacket.

What to bring:

A wool, fleece or microfibre shirt (those used for skiing are fine), swimming costume, socks, trainers with non-slip soles or lightweight hiking boots, personal items for showering and a dry change of footwear.

Note: all equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.

PRICE
Inflatable Kayak – Valsesia – Sesia Gorge Run 55.00 Euro (per person)

Note: all equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.

Of the three runs, it is without doubt the most challenging. This section is higher up the valley in close proximity to our base. The put-in is slightly downstream from the Piode drop, a stupendous waterfall, which can only be run in kayak, not in inflatable kayak.
The main features of this run are the gradient, the continuity and the relatively narrow riverbed. This generates a string of hard rapids and small pools.

Each inflatable kayak accommodates one or two paddlers, based on the chosen model, and a F.I.Raft or River Guide/Kayak Instructor will conduct a dry briefing to illustrate the descent and paddling techniques and will accompany each excursion giving directions during the run.

This descent is suitable for all levels and those with previous hydrospeed experience.

This activity is carried out during the whole week, from Monday to Sunday.

Season
from May to June, and based on rainfall in July, August and September (activity start-up and closure may be influenced by levels of seasonal river depths).

Formula
This is a group activity, each group formed by 2 people.

Excursion length
Approximately 3 hours, including travel from and to the basecamp, kitting-up and descent technique and river safety briefing. Times may vary based on the number of participants in the group.

Equipment provided by the centre:
One or two-seater inflatable kayak, paddle, 3mm sleeveless neoprene wetsuit, 5mm neoprene jacket, helmet, lifejacket.

What to bring:

A wool, fleece or microfibre shirt (those used for skiing are fine), swimming costume, socks, trainers with non-slip soles or lightweight hiking boots, personal items for showering and a dry change of footwear.

Note: all equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.

PRICE
Inflatable Kayak – Valsesia – Expert Run 55.00 Euro (per person)

Note: all equipment and clothing will get wet during the descent.


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