“The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.”
RockOnda is situated in the beautiful Lima valley in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains, just a few kilometres from Lucca.
A paradise for rafting lovers and adrenaline junkies, RockOnda is located on the main tributary of the Serchio river, which flows down from the Apennines in waterfalls and rapids. We offer:
RockOnda ASD is an amateur sports association affiliated with CONI, founded by a group of outdoor adventure professionals with a passion for nature. Being part of our association means enjoying thrilling and exhilarating experiences in complete safety. Most of our activities take place in the valley of the crystal-clear Lima torrent in the higher rises of the Tuscan Apennines. Led by staff from the Val di Lima Canoeing School, including instructors, guides and teachers with decades of experience, we offer:
Canoe excursions in the amazing Cocciglia gorge in the Scesta area, combined with abseiling and rafting in crystalline waters, between the stunning karst rocks eroded over the centuries by the Lima torrent.
For nature lovers, RockOnda organises beginner courses in river canoeing and starter courses in slalom and white water canoeing over one or more days.
RockOnda offers a three-day beginner programme of river canoeing, with accommodation and meals in local farm stays and including outdoor climbing/abseiling activities and excursions.
The aim of the course is to acquire the basic skills of river canoeing, gaining experience in the water, including water safety, lifesaving practice in flat water, and the main manoeuvring techniques in white water (levels I, II and III). The course is for beginners and novices and is suitable for young people from 11 to 18 years of age.
A three-day advanced course is available for those with prior experience of canoeing in flat water and some rudimentary experience of white water, with accommodation and meals at hotels/B&Bs in the Lima valley. The course objective is to acquire advanced skills in river canoeing, water awareness and safety, lifesaving techniques in white water, the main manoeuvring techniques on the river: launching into the current, duffek stroke, ferrying, turning, and Eskimo roll techniques. This course is suitable for those aged 18 or over.
“Water is the life force of our planet, and ourselves. Human beings have always coexisted with water, whether searching for an inner equilibrium, or by trying to tame it. Canoeing allows us to experience the power of water while learning to understand and respect it. We can rediscover our natural affinity with this fundamental element.”