Youth Courses

YOUTH COURSES

NOC IS DEDICATED TO INTRODUCING CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS NINE TO WHITEWATER PADDLING THROUGH SPECIAL SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS. These unique camps show kids the excitement and fun of whitewater paddling, while introducing important safety and environmental stewardship concepts. Lodging, meals, transportation and gear are provided in the all-inclusive youth camps.

TEEN KAYAK OVERNIGHT CAMP

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $1,499.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
5-Day Teen Overnight CampJuly 8-13, 2018Bryson City, NC

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NOC’s wildly successful Teen Camp Weeks are unlike any other summer camp. Teens ages 13-17 spend an entire week on the rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina while making new friends along the way. In addition to the highest level of whitewater instruction, NOC’s instructors provide 24-hour supervision on and off the water. Youth Week is open to paddlers of any experience level.

Time on the lake focuses on learning new skills and refining the ones students already have through fun drills and games. Rivers paddled will depend on the skill level of the group, but the regular lineup usually includes some of these favorites: Nantahala, Tuckaseegee, Little Tennessee, Chattooga, Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad, and Nolichucky.
On the final day of Youth Camp, families are invited for a Friday “Family Paddle” and lunch. Families paddle a short section of the Nantahala to see their young paddlers show off their new moves. Parents who don’t have their own kayak and gear can rent a place on an NOC Guided raft at a discounted rate and join the group on the water.

Price includes gear, transportation to lake and river locations, lodging and meals. Teens will have 24-hour supervision from our expert and responsible Paddling School Instructors.

Youth Kayak Camp

TEEN ADVANCED KAYAK CAMP

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $1,499.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Teen Advanced Kayak CampJuly 15-20, 2017Bryson City, NC

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Take kayaking to the next level with this all-inclusive, 5-day paddling course for teens age 13-17! Paddlers will focus focus on river running, creeking, and playboating skills, with emphasis on river awareness and leadership preparation on and off the river. Top NOC instructors will lead teens on some of the best rivers in the Southeast, travelling to the Nantahala, Ocoee, Pigeon, and other rivers to enjoy a variety of features & practice Class III+ skills. This camp includes lodging, meals, transportation, and gear.


TEEN KAYAK DAY CAMP

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $849.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
5-Day Teen Day CampJuly 9-13, 2018Bryson City, NC

NOC also offers a Day Camp option for the popular Teen Kayak Camp. Paddlers ages 13-17 can still enjoy all of the activities of the 5-Day Overnight Teen Camp, making new friends and gaining paddling skills, but they stay the night with their families somewhere in the area. This is a great option for vacationing families and locals.


YOUTH KAYAK OVERNIGHT CAMP

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $1,499.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
5-Day Youth Kayak Overnight CampJune 17-22, 2018Bryson City, NC
5-Day Youth Kayak Overnight CampJune 24-29, 2018Bryson City, NC

NOC’s wildly successful Youth Weeks are unlike any other summer camp. Youth ages 9-17 spend an entire week on the rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina while making new friends along the way. In addition to the highest level of whitewater instruction, NOC’s instructors provide 24-hour supervision on and off the water. Youth Week is open to paddlers of any experience level.

Time on the lake focuses on learning new skills and refining the ones students already have through fun drills and games. Rivers paddled will depend on the skill level of the group, but the regular lineup usually includes some of these favorites: Nantahala, Tuckaseegee, Little Tennessee, Chattooga, Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad, and Nolichucky.

On the final day of Youth Camp, families are invited for a Friday “Family Paddle” and lunch. Families paddle a short section of the Nantahala to see their young paddlers show off their new moves. Parents who don’t have their own kayak and gear can rent a place on an NOC Guided raft at a discounted rate and join the group on the water.

Price includes gear, transportation to lake and river locations, lodging and meals. Youth will have 24-hour supervision from our expert and responsible Paddling School Instructors.


YOUTH KAYAK DAY CAMP

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $849.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
5-Day Youth Kayak Day CampJune 18-22, 2018Bryson City, NC
5-Day Youth Kayak Day CampJune 25-29, 2018Bryson City, NC

NOC also offers a Day Camp option for the popular Youth Kayak Camp. Young paddlers can still enjoy all of the activities of Youth Week, making new friends and gaining paddling skills, but they stay the night with their families somewhere in the area. This is a great option for vacationing families and locals. Lunch is included on this day camp!

2-DAY YOUTH KAYAK BEGINNER – CLASS II

Duration: 2 Days
Price Starting At: $399.99
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
2-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJune 9-10, 2018Bryson City, NC
2-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJuly 28-29, 2018Bryson City, NC

A weekend of fun, excitement and kayaking with youth age 9-17! This course is designed for those who want to make the most of their weekends. This 2-day, beginner course will teach the skills necessary to paddle safely in class I-II whitewater. Each day will be split between skills development on our area lakes and enjoying the thrills of whitewater on one of our home rivers. NOC’s industry-leading instructors provide a safe and fun environment for those who want to get their “feet wet” kayaking, but aren’t quite ready for the 5-day Youth Week courses. Lunch and gear are included each day. Lodging is not included with this course.

This workshop introduces the understanding of:
• Boat design
• Whitewater gear and proper fit
• River terminology
• Boat safety

Skills acquired include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your kayak sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your kayak
• Safely exiting a capsized kayak


5-DAY YOUTH KAYAK BEGINNER – CLASS II

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

CourseDatesLocation
5-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJune 11-15, 2018Bryson City, NC
5-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJuly 2-6, 2018Bryson City, NC
5-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJuly 23-27, 2018Bryson City, NC
5-Day Youth Kayak Beginner - Class IIJuly 30-August 3, 2018Bryson City, NC

A weekend of fun, excitement and kayaking with youth age 9-17! 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 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 workshop introduces the understanding of:
• Boat design
• Whitewater gear and proper fit
• River terminology
• Boat safety

Skills acquired include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your kayak sideways
• Begin work on kayak roll
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your kayak
• Safely exiting a capsized kayak

Youth Kayak Camp

3-Day Kids Kayak Clinic

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

CourseDatesLocation
3-Day Kids Kayak ClinicJune 25-27, 2018Bryson City, NC

Start your young child off with solid whitewater kayaking skills taught by instructors from NOC’s premier Paddling School. This three-day program is for beginner paddlers ages 6-8 years old. The course begins at the lake where your child will learn the basics of paddling, edging and boat control in a fun, game-styled, playful environment. During the next two days he/she will learn essential whitewater kayaking skills—catching eddies, peeling out and ferrying—on rivers that have mostly Class I rapids and moving water. This course is tailored to young learners by building on kayak skills at their pace. Course hours are 9AM to 4PM; includes lunch and an afternoon snack-break.

Note: in most cases, the spray skirt will not be used in this program. As a result, the wet-exit and the kayak roll will not be taught during this course.

Rivers: Little Tennessee and Tuckaseegee (Bryson City section)[

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