Weekday Courses

The best way to quickly improve your kayaking or canoeing skills. NOC’s award-winning instructors have time to teach basics, identify issues and solidify good paddling habits throughout the week. Courses offered from beginner to advanced levels, as well as women’s-only and canoe-only courses.

5-DAY LEARN TO KAYAK COURSE

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2018 Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Learn to KayakWeekly, March 26-October 26*Bryson City, NC

*Week of April 11-15: Wednesday Start
*August 14-17: Condensed, 4-day Course
*No Weekday Course August 20-24

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Ideal for new students who are committed to learning, this five-day course takes true beginners all the way to basic proficiency on class II/III whitewater. Each day is spent working on whitewater kayaking skills such as paddle strokes, boat handling, rolling, river maneuvers and running rapids. This course is a great opportunity to gain significant skills in a short amount of time, while building relationships with other beginner paddlers.

This clinic is designed for new paddlers or paddlers with basic whitewater experience. It will take you from beginner level to feeling comfortable in Class I and II whitewater; with experience in Class III whitewater. Each day will be split between skills development on our area lakes and afternoons practicing learned skills on one of our home rivers.

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

Skills you will acquire include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your boat sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your boat
• Safely exiting from capsized boat
• Skills necessary to up-right (or roll) an overturned boat

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
Monday
Day 1
8:30 AM – Outfitter’s Store 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
Friday
Day 5
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River/Lake Practice Skills and Rolling
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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5-DAY CLASS II RIVER KAYAKING

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2018 Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Weekday Class II River KayakingWeekly, June 4-October 26*Bryson City, NC

*August 14-17: Condensed, 4-day Course
*August 20-24: No Course

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The “bridge course” for paddlers advancing from beginner proficiency to intermediate skill levels. These paddlers are comfortable on introductory whitewater, have experience using paddling gear and equipment, understand paddling terms and concepts and have experience with flatwater rolling. The course aims to advance these paddlers into Class III boaters, able to carve up Nantahala Falls and enjoy more advanced rivers like the Pigeon and Ocoee.

In the weekday course paddlers will focus attention at Nantahala Falls and will likely paddle the Tuckasegee Gorge, the French Broad and the Pigeon. Perfecting a strong combat role will be a primary goal of the course, as this is an indispensable skill for Class III whitewater paddling. Skills will include:

  • Scouting
  • Eddy Turns/Peel Outs
  • Ferries
  • Stroke Timing
  • Combat Roll

This course is meant to be an “intensive class” with a focus on demonstrable skill improvements. Paddlers will start on the lake but will quickly progress into fast rapids. The five-day weekday course will produce better results than the two-day weekend course as paddlers will log more river time with instructors. We recommend the week-long course for paddlers serious about advancing quickly.

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5-DAY CLASS III RIVER KAYAKING

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2018 Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Class III River ClinicWeekly, March 26-October 7*, 2018Bryson City, NC
Class III River ClinicOctober 24-28, 2018Ocoee, TN

*April 11-15: Wednesday Start
*August 14-17: Consensed, 4-Day Course
*August 20-24: No Course

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This course offers the perfect mix of instruction and river running to take a good boater to the next level. 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.

Designed for paddlers with whitewater experience and a strong flatwater roll, this clinic is the perfect mix of instruction and river running. It is the best course for those wanting to become a more technical paddler in Class II and III+ whitewater. 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

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
Monday
Day 1
8:30 AM – Outfitter’s Store Meet Instructor, Complete Paperwork & Discuss Program Goals
9:00 AM – Paddling School Boat and Gear Selection and Outfitting
10:00 AM – Lake Paddling Assessment
12:00 PM – Lake Side Lake Side Lunch
1:00 PM – River Paddling Assessment Continued
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 Work on Goals
12:00 PM – River Side Lunch
12:30 PM – River Continue Building on Goals
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time
Friday
Day 5
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – 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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WEEKDAY WOMEN’S KAYAK COURSE

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2017 Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Weekday Women's Kayak CourseAugust 14-18Bryson City, NC

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This clinic is designed for women who want to learn to kayak, or become better paddlers, with a supportive group of females. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. By the end of this course, beginners will feel comfortable in Class I and II whitewater; with experience in Class III whitewater. Intermediate and advanced level paddlers will be given the tools to take their skills to the next level. Most days will start with skill development on an area lakes and end with practicing your skills on one of our home rivers.

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

Some skills you will acquire as a beginner include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your kayak sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your kayak
• Exiting from a capsized kayak
• Skills necessary to up-right (or roll) an overturned kayak.

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
Monday
Day 1
8:30 AM – Outfitter’s Store 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
Friday
Day 5
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River/Lake Practice Skills and Rolling
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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WEEKDAY CANOE COURSE

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates: Call for June, July, August Availability

CourseDatesLocation
Weekday Canoe CourseApril 23-27, 2018Bryson City, NC
Weekday Canoe CourseMay 14-18, 2018Bryson City, NC
Weekday Canoe CourseSeptember 24-28, 2018Bryson City, NC

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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.

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

Some skills you will acquire include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your kayak sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your kayak
• Exiting from a capsized kayak
• Skills necessary to up-right (or roll) an overturned kayak.

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
Monday
Day 1
8:30 AM – Outfitter’s Store 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
Friday
Day 5
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River/Lake Practice Skills and Rolling
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.

WEEK OF RIVERS

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2018 Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Week of RiversMay 28-June 1Call for Details

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One of our most requested and beloved programs, Week of Rivers is more focused on exploring new rivers than learning new skills. The premise of the course is simple: run a new river everyday—five days, five rivers. And while NOC instructors will be there to help you improve your technique, they’re mostly there to facilitate the trip, providing the shuttles, handling the logistics, setting safety, recommending lines through rapids and snapping photos.

The Week of Rivers program is ideal for paddlers who feel comfortable and have a strong combat roll, but would still prefer to run new rivers with a guide. And as a bonus, paddlers have the option to demo boats from NOC’s instruction fleet—giving them a full-day to test drive the best boats on the market. Possible rivers include the Chattooga, Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad, Nantahala, Nolichucky and others.

3-Day Courses

Duration: 3 Days
Price Starting At: $599.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2017 Dates: 

CourseDatesLocation
Learn to KayakAugust 30-September 1Bryson City, NC
Class II River KayakingAugust 30-September 1Bryson City, NC
Class III River KayakingAugust 30-September 1Bryson City, NC

3-Day Learn to Kayak

Enjoy three days of fun, excitement, and lots of kayaking! This course will teach you the skills necessary to paddle safely in Class I-II whitewater. The course begins in the morning with basic skill development on one of our area lakes followed by an afternoon of easy kayaking on a stretch of Class I-II whitewater. Day two introduces the skills needed for a kayak roll at the lake then moves to the river to hone in core river skills. Day three may find you traveling to another area river to develop river-reading skills. You’ll be set up for success and endless fun after this introduction to kayaking!

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3-Day Class II River Kayaking

Master the combat roll and develop technical skills necessary to progress to a Class III paddler during this three-day course. Day one involves instructor assessments at the lake analyzing your current flatwater roll and then moves to the Nantahala for downriver assessment. Day two will find you on a nearby Class I-II river spending the day working on moving water and combat rolls. Day three will either be a travel day or a day on the Nantahala River with concentration on building technical skills at the falls.

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3-Day Class III+ River Kayaking

This three-day course provides not only river fun, but also serious skills development! We focus on challenging our students to do hard moves in whitewater they feel comfortable paddling. Skills such as the dual sided roll, surfing, rapid scouting and running, and river safety are commonly covered during the course. Day one involves instructor assessment, technical skill development and downriver play on the Nantahala. Day two and three are typically travel days to area Class II & III rivers to put your skills to the challenge. Class II combat roll required.

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Surf & Turf

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $799.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
2017 Dates: Dependent on the Ocoee draw down release schedule. Most likely the last week of September or first week of October.

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For Intermediate/Advanced and Class II boaters who also love to mountain bike: Get the best of whitewater kayaking and mountain biking in the southeast. NOC Paddling instructors will guide you on this weekday adventure of paddling and peddling local rivers and trails. For more information and details contact Jae Jackson at 828-488-7288 or jae.jackson@noc.com.

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