00386 41 596 104
info@socarider.com
Industrijska cona 4a. 5230 Bovec, Slovenia

Do you have a question? Maybe here you can find the answer!

Here are some frequently asked questions and related responses about white water tours in Bovec Slovenia.

General questions:

I have never been river rafting before!

Are you a beginner rafter and you are a bit scared of white water rafting tour? Do not worry! Here at Soca Rider we do half day and full day white water rafting tour. If you have never been rafting before you do not have to worry about rolling over or turning. Before we take you to the river we tell you all the important information about safety. After that our guide takes you down the river he knows really well so everything runs smoothly. At first you will experience some smaller rapids and as you continue with your tour the rapids get a bit bigger so you can really have the great experience that you came to get.

When is the best time to go white water rafting?

Soca river is closed for paddling from november 1 st of until march 15 th , so in that time we do not do the tours. Rafting Slovenia starts on march 26 th when we open our office in Bovec and from this date an all to October 31 st all rafting, canyoning or whitewater kayaking lovers are welcome. Here is the summary of what kind of weather you can expect in the months of the season and what programs are suitable in those months.

April

Usually snow still does not start melting at this time so the water is not that high yet and it is suitable for doing kayak courses. The Soca river is also not crowded at that time and it has the most beautiful emerald colour! Full day and half day rafting tours are also an option. Family rafting and canyoning programs are recommended only for those, who like cold water.

May

At this time the snow in the mountains usually starts melting, so you can expect a „big” water rafting experience! Kayak tours and kayak courses are still possible on the ideal river sections. Our family rafting tour is recommended only if the weather is good in may, but june, july and august are the perfect months to do family rafting tour. Our canyoning program at this time is only recommenden for the people that will not get too cold in that cold water.

June

In june the summer begins but it is still not the high season in soca valley, so if you do not like the crowds, you should come in this time. Great time for friends or smaller groups to fulfill their weekend by doing some rafting or canyoning! At this time we recommend full day rafting tours that start at the upper section of the river where the water level is also very good. Also everybody that would like to do family rafting, kayaking or canyoning is welcome!

July - August

at this time there is a high season in the Soca valley, so it is the best if you pre-book the programs and accommodation. Also the temperature is the highest at this time and the Soca river reaches the maximum temperature, which is still not over 16 degrees. Soca water level drops quite a lot by august unless we do not get a couple of days of rain. There are still splashes and waves but the river becomes more technical to paddle. There are a lot of activities to do at this time. Our family rafting and canyoning programs are the best to do in this period. Also kayak tours and courses are good to do at this time.

September

by September the high season ends but it is still a good time to try out some water activities like family white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning. Usually we get a little more rain and the water level raises, so you can expect bigger waves, more adventure on the river

October

In our opinion Soca valley is the most beautiful at this time. The trees begin to gain beautiful colors and emerald color of Soca river is even more highlighted. This is the time of postseason. It is still a good time to do rafting and kayaking. But family rafting and canyoning we only recommend to the people that will not get to cold in that cold water .

Does the tour go in case of bad weather?

Whitewater tours happen regardless of the rain as you are usually wet by doing the activity anyway. In case of a cold weather we provide you ticker neoprens and jackets so you do not get cold. The only time the Rafting Slovenia tour does not happen is if the floods would appear, if there is extreme weather circumstances or natural disasters. But in that case we let you know in advance (if we can).

I’m not very athletic, can I still go on a tour?

Rafting is an enjoyable activity where all the people of average body condition have fun. You do not have to row constantly, you just have to do the strikes that help to steer the raft properly. Of course by the end of a white water adventure day, everyone will be a bit tired as the new experience, the movement and the clean air have that effect on us.

What clothes should I take to the white water tours?

All the equipment that you will need for white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning tours you will receive from us. And the things you should bring with you are :
  • swimsuit
  • towel
  • dry underwear to change after the tour
  • glasses/sunglasses strap
  • sunblock

What equipment do I get?

For rafting, canyoning and whitewater kayaking you will receive the following equipment from us .

Whitewater rafting, canyoning, kayak tour and kayak course equipment :

  • neoprene suit (4mmthick)
  • neoprene jacket (3mm thick – in case of a cold weather)
  • splash jacket
  • neoprene shoes (size 26-50)
  • PFD Personal Flotation Device( from kids size up to 112cm chest size)
  • helmet(adjustable)

We take care that all of the neoprene equipment gets washed after every tour

Other whitewater kayak course equipment:

    sprayskirt (Peak UK and Palm)
  • Ainsworth paddles (different sizes)

Available white water kayaks

  • Dagger Mamba 8.0
  • Dagger Mamba 8.5
  • Dagger GTX
  • Dagger Nomad 8.5
  • Liquidlogic Flying Squirrel 85

Our kayaks are the type that is really the most suitable for paddling on Soca river also for beginners who would like to gain knowledge of white water kayaking. We change them constantly with new versions and brands.

Can I set my own Go-Pro camera?

Some of our helmets have head mounts for gopro on them and they come in 2 sizes. If you wish to use one of those please let us know in advance and we will put it on the side for you!

Which bars, party places are recommended in Bovec?

After your energetic rafting, kayaking or canyoning experience there are many opportunities to have fun in Bovec. if you would like to have a drink, sitting down with your friends you can choose from three places in Bovec centre :
  • Kavarna caffe house ( where you can get first class cappuccino),
  • Platz Cafe (where you can go when everything else is allready closed),
  • Felix Bar ( a real pub with exellent service)
  • A little further away from the centre there is Crna Ovca, black sheep (5 minutes walk). our cozy wooden house, good music, a wide selection of drinks. tennis courts, outdoor grill, playground, boulder wall, part of the basement has billiards facilities. in the summer high season (august july) stage in the main square is set up with wide program available for visitors. concerts, folklore evenings, dancing, and much more to add color to the

Questions about reservation:

Do I have to make a reservation in advance for rafting, canyoning and kayak tours?

Yes, we recommend you to make a reservation in advance, in this case you can be sure, we are waiting for you, and you can adjust other programs to your schedule. As we are a small company we have limited places which we fill up fast during the main summer time

How much in advance should I book my whitewater advanture?

We recommend you to book your whitewater adventure with us at least 2-3 weeks before you come. For weekends, long weekends and for July and August even earlier, as those days are getting booking quickly.

How can I reserve my rafting, canyoning, kayak tour with Soca Rider?

You can make a reservation for rafting, canyoning, kayak tours with us:
  • on our website fill up the reservation form
  • send us an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • call us on the following phone number +38641-596-104
  • come to our office in Bovec and make a reservation personally

When can I be sure that my reservation is done?

For the reservation we require a deposit payment, which is already calculated at our webshop (approxymately 20% of the total price). You can finalize your reservation with a successful deposit payment. Please note, that to fill up the reservation form is not enough for the reservation!!!

I sent the reservation form but I didn't get any answer..

If you don't get an answer to your mail or to the reservation form, first of all, please check your SPAM folder, maybe our answer is already there.. If you don't find anything, please contact us again via phone (+38641-596-104), or via email again!

How can I change or cancel the date of my whitewater tour?

Please contact us as soon as possible via phone or email! If we have availability we would be happy to help you and reschedule your tour.

If you would like to cancel your tour, please let us know, so we won't wait for you. The required deposit what you paid for the reservation you can apply to book another tour in the same year as the deposit had been paid, till the 30th of September.


Questions about payment:

Where do I pay the price of the whitewater tour?

To reserve our whitewater programs we require a deposit payment, what you can make on our website with VISA, MASTER, MAESTRO cards, or via Bank transfer. The rest of the amount you pay at our office in Bovec, before the tour starts. Here we can accept only cash!

How much deposit should I pay in advance

An approxymate 20% advance payment of the total price is required, but all the deposits are already calculated at our webshop, so you just add to card that much deposit, as how many of you are coming.

Do you accept credit cards

No. At our office we can accept only cash. Please be prepared!

Questions about safety:

I’m not very athletic, can I still go on a tour?

Rafting is an enjoyable activity where all the people of average body condition have fun. You do not have to row constantly, you just have to do the strikes that help to steer the raft properly. Of course by the end of a white water adventure day, everyone will be a bit tired as the new experience, the movement and the clean air have that effect on us.

Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes. For all whitewater programs provided by SocaRider-Rafting Slovenia swiming ability is reqired due to safety reasons.
During the tour you can fall our from the boat and in that case you should be able to swim out to the shore. We provide PFD (Presonal Flotation Device) but a PFD can not swim by itself.

I have a medical condition can I come to the whitewater tour?

Required health condition for whitewater programs:

It is important for us to know if you have a medical condition when you participate on our whitewater rafting, canyoning, whitewater kayak tour. In this case we can take better care of you and avoid accidents, if any problem happens, our guides are more prepared and can faster solve the problem. All of our guides are certified whitewater rescuer, they renew their licence every 2-3 years and have a wide variety of experience.

Unfortunately you can not participate on any of our whitewater program if you are

  • not swimmer
  • under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • pregnant
  • physically or mentally disabled
  • blind or deaf

You might be able to join to our whitewater tours
Please consult us about your medical condition if you :

  • have asthma, epilepsy or diabetes
  • have a heart condition
  • have a spine problem (spinal hernia, problem with discs...),
  • had an operation in the last 2 years
  • had an injury in the last 2 years (broken bones, dislocated shoulder..),
  • have a blood clotting problem
  • serious allergy
  • or any other medical condition which is not listed above

Please let us know if you need any medicine during the tour, you can take it with you to the river or to the canyon. Our guides have a waterproof box for First aid kit, they can put your medicine into it. And last but not least Please inform your guide about your medical condition! .