We are first and foremost river folk, and we grew up where our parents found the means to raise us.
Our venture in the Brenta valley began in the 1980s, in the era of competitive river sports on canoes or kayaks, spending whole seasons training on the waters of the Brenta. In time we grew up, we formed our group, each reciprocally bringing a broad range of experience and knowledge, and it was that first-hand experience that made us see the environmental and cultural value of the Brenta river and the area it crosses before reaching the plains. Our first-hand experience also gave us the idea of how we could promote this river, which we feel is ours in some way. This deep-rooted sense of belonging makes us want to help kids and adults learn about its historical and natural significance and its recreational opportunities.
We’ve been managing the Caves of Oliero nature complex for years now and with the Centro Rafting Ivan Team, the first river sports centre in the Brenta valley, we are river professionals and our sole objective is to promote the area where we live and work.
More than twenty-five years of experience and the drive to make our valley come alive again (as it used to be in past times) have shaped our organisation skills and add quality to our services. We’re convinced that the river is the perfect place for recreational activities and special workshops for educating young and old about respecting the environment. We realised and proved that there are safe, exciting ways to get everyone into the river, respecting age, level of confidence in the water, the seasons and rhythms of the natural ecosystems. We bring lots of visitors to the Brenta valley every year, to discover the valley karst phenomena, local culture, rich forests, and above all the river. Buoyed by our knowledge of the local area, we want to send our visitors back home with a positive memory of the Brenta river and a deeper understanding of the complexity of its environment, so that that sense of being part of nature which is the very foundation of positive practices and sustainable behaviour comes back into the collective thinking.
We think that a guided experience out in nature is worth just as much as a lesson in the classroom, with the added value of being easy to understand and engaging, and therefore an excellent integration of traditional training courses linked to environmental education and learning at every level.