5-Day Class III+ River Kayaking

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $800
Location: Bryson City, NC
Dates: March-October

This course offers the perfect mix of instruction and river running to take a good boater to the next level. Designed for paddlers with whitewater experience and a strong flatwater roll, this clinic is the perfect mix of instruction and river running. Students will gain new skills, improve the ones they have and run some of the best rivers in the Southeast with the support of NOC instructors. Students leave with an enhanced skill set and the confidence to begin exploring new rivers on their own.

The first day will be split between assessing your current skills on an area lake and an afternoon assessment on the on one of our home rivers. The rest of the week will focus on your goals in the context of a group setting.

You will spend time on the Southeast’s best rivers fine tuning your paddling skills including:
• Eddy turns
• Peel outs
• Ferries
• Navigating complex and powerful rapids
• Stroke timing
• Scouting and dissecting Class III rapids

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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 Boat and Gear Selection and Outfitting
10:00 AM – River Paddling Assessment
12:00 PM – Riverside Riverside Lunch
1:00 PM – River Paddling Assessment Continued
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time/Day 1
Days 2, 3, 4* 9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River Review
10:30 AM – River Work on Goals
12:00 PM – Riverside Lunch
12:30 PM – River Continue Building on Goals
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time
Day 5 9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – Nantahala River Hone New Skills Learned
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.


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