We are offering a week of summer paddling in the French Alps that can be tailored to suit your own personal needs. We can support you to improve your personal skills, leadership and coaching. You can choose to kayak, canoe or a mixture of both and similarly, both coaching and guiding are available.
There are also opportunities to achieve British Canoeing canoe or kayak qualifications, if appropriate, and we can arrange a package to suit you. Some qualifications are subject to registration and appropriate pre-requisites.
L'Argentière-la-Bessée, near Briancon in the French Alps
European Health Insurance Card
Bring Euros, although most expenses will be covered for you.
We will provide all food from Sunday evening until Sunday breakfast. Any special dietary requirements can be discussed prior to the course. We will supply all cutlery, crockery and chairs.
We will provide all shuttles to and from venues needed throughout your stay.
You can either drive out in your own car or fly to Torino airport in Italy. We offer airport transfers, but this service is only available Sunday mornings for a charge of £65 return. Please inform us in advance if you require this service.
We have open canoes and kayaks available to hire for £50 per boat per week if you are unable to bring your own boat.
Campsite – www.camping-les-ecrins.com/en/
We are based on a campsite which is a 10 minute walk from the town of L'Argentière-la-Bessée, on the banks of the Durance River. It has good showers, toilets and a small shop. We have a basecamp set up which includes a large group tent to be used as a social area with kitchen and dining area. You need to provide your own tent and sleeping equipment, but we do have tents available for hire upon request for £20 per week.
Next to the campsite there is a warm training lake and a class 3 slalom course (webcam). A short 15 minute walk takes to you some good climbing and walking areas, including some via ferrata climbs.
You will need to provide all of you own personal paddling equipment.
Inspiring Adventure holds full public liability insurance. However, you must have your own European medical insurance which covers you for paddling on rivers up to grade 4 (or grade 5 if appropriate). We also advise that you have your own personal and equipment insurance. We do not cover for personal boat loss or equipment damages.
What to do next
Please read the Terms and Conditions on the website, then complete a booking form and send it to us with a deposit payment of £200. The remaining amount must be paid one month before the trip commences. If you require any equipment hire or airport transfers this needs to be included with your final payment. Payment options can be discussed on an individual basis if necessary.
Any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact with us; we are more than happy to provide more information.
This is not an exhaustive list but can be used as a guide for what to pack:
Boat, paddle, buoyancy aid, spray deck, helmet, dry trousers, dry cag, river shoes, paddling clothes, throw line, dry bags, 1st aid kit, repair kit, karabiner & sling, river knife
Tent, sleeping bag, roll mat/Thermarest, head torch & batteries, water bottle
Waterproofs, warm coat, shorts, trousers, T-shirts, fleeces, underwear, thermals, socks, shoes, flip flops/sandals, warm hat, sun hat
Towel, wash kit, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellent, bite cream, personal medication
Passport, European Health Insurance Card, travel insurance paperwork, phone, money (£ and Euros), camera, notebook and pen
The are no dates for this, but if you are interested please get in touch.