Women's Weekend Courses

Duration: 2 Days
Price Starting at: $490
Location: Bryson City, NC
2020 Dates: May 15-17, August 14-16

Sign up to kayak with a supportive group of ladies under the guidance of NOC rockstar instructor Anne Sontheimer!

The Women’s Kayak Retreat is open to female kayakers of all skill levels. Lodging on Friday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday and a meet and greet with Anne on Friday night are all included. Plus, enjoy a one-hour yoga session to stretch out your limbs during a fun weekend of paddling!

Cost varies based on lodging type selected – click “Book Now” to explore your options! Below is a sample itinerary; stay tuned for a finalized weekend schedule.

About NOC Instructor Anne Sontheimer

Anne joined team NOC in 1994 as a Chattooga River guide, joined the ranks of our Paddling School team in 1996, and became a full-time NOC Paddling School Instructor in 2000 when she moved to Bryson City full time. Anne has led NOC Adventure Travel trips to Chile, Brazil, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Panama. She also has her ACA Level 5 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification and is an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator (ITE) for Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking. Additionally, Anne is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and is a previous instructor with SOLO Southeast Wilderness Medicine, also housed on NOC’s campus.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you of the amazing time you’ll have taking a course with Anne, we’ll also add that she loves to mountain bike and ski in her free time, has won 2 Enduro Mountain Bike races, and is involved in tons of other local women’s events including the Green River Takeover and Women’s Paddlefest at NOC.

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

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

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Sample Itinerary – All Times & Locations are subject to change.


Day Time & Location Objective
Friday 3:00 PM – General Store Lodging Check-In
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Big Wesser Meet & Greet with Anne Sontheimer
Saturday 8:00 AM – Relia’s Garden Breakfast
9:00 AM – Paddling School Gear & Boat Selection
10:00 AM – Lake Paddling Assessment
12:00 PM – Lake Lakeside Lunch
1:00 PM – River Paddling Assessment Continued
4:30 PM – Paddling School Wrap Up Day 1
6:00 PM – River Relia’s Garden
Sunday 8:00 AM – Relia’s Garden Breakfast
9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet & Leave
9:30 AM – Paddling School Review
10:30 AM – River Skills Building
12:00 PM – Riverside Lunch
12:30 PM – River Skills Building Continued
4:30 PM – Paddling School Wrap Up Day 2


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