5-Day Canoe Courses

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $800
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates: May – September

Designed to introduce beginners to canoeing or help veteran paddlers hone their skills, the 5-Day Canoe Only Course will take your canoeing to the next level. Led by experienced canoeists, our instructors will help you reach your goals. Students will hone their skills through hands-on learning with instructors giving instant feedback. This course can take beginners to feeling comfortable and confident on Class I-II whitewater, with experience on Class III rapids. Each day will be split between skills development on flat water with the afternoons being spent practicing learned skills on one of our area rivers.

Skills you will acquire include:
• On-side and off-side paddle strokes
• Moving your boat sideways
• Balancing and intentionally edging your boat
• Safely exiting from capsized boat
• Bracing

In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of:
• Boat design
• Required gear and proper fit
• River terminology
• Boat safety

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Below is a general itinerary of a typical clinic. Our experienced instructors tailor each day to the goals and needs of the group.

Day Time & Location Objective
Day 1
8:30 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor, Complete Paperwork & Discuss Program Goals
9:00 AM – Paddling School Gear & Boat Brief Overview and Selection
10:00 AM – Lake Paddling Assessment
12:00 PM – Lake Side Lake Side Lunch
1:00 PM – River Introduction of Paddling Skills
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time/Day 1
Tuesday – 9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
Thursday 9:30 AM – Lake Review
Day 2,3 & 4* 10:30 AM – River Building on Skills Learned
12:00 PM – River Side Lunch
12:30 PM – River Continue Developing Skills & Adding New Skills
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time
Day 5
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River/Lake Practice Skills
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM End Time

* There will be at least one travel day to a river outside of our normal teaching area.
* There is a two person minimum for this course.


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