About NOC's Paddling School

"The Best Place to Learn."

- Outside Magazine

Nantahala Outdoor Center created the first whitewater paddling curriculum over 40 years ago. Our progression-based approach is the basis for many contemporary paddling programs, and is used by the world’s best competitive paddlers.

NOC’s world-class instructors, prime location near several Southeastern rivers, variety of courses catering to all skill levels, and legacy of innovation truly make NOC “The Best Place to Learn”.

"The Heart and Soul of
the South's Whitewater Scene."

- National Geographic

"The Nation's Premier
Paddling School."

- New York Times

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