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.
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.