NOC Swiftwater Rescue
for Whitewater Paddlers

Gain the skills and confidence needed in Swiftwater rescue situations. NOC’s commitment to high quality education is top in the industry. Our ACA certified instructors have years of experience and take our courses beyond the requirements to best prepare students to become instructors, guides, and skilled in swiftwater situations.

Overview

Taught here at NOC’s famous Nantahala River campus, courses are ideal for paddling enthusiasts, professional first responders, and professional river guides. 

Geared toward the modern-day river runner, we have cherry-picked more progressive and advanced skills  deemed necessary for today’s paddler while meeting and exceeding all ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course. NOC instructors go a step further teaching participants how to manage realistic river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using techniques performed with minimal equipment.

Skills you’ll learn and develop:

  • How to manage realistic river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using techniques performed with minimal equipment
  • This course focuses on progressive and advanced rescue skills while meeting and exceeding all ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue criteria.

This course is offered in a group setting teaching participants how to manage real life river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using minimal equipment. The group and individuals will get real life scenarios to work through, with all instruction and practice taking place on the Nantahala River.

 

Course Length:
2 Days

Price:
$285

Meals:
Discounts Available

*Discounts available through NOC Lodging and Restaurants

Included in Course: 

  • In-Course Transportation 
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction.
  • Some gear. Please see the Packing List for more details.

Boats (kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc) will not be used for this program.

Overall excellent. I like how each instructors brings different skills and perspective to each of my lesson.

The instruction was great, with easily understood concepts and explanations.

Course In Action

Course Dates

CourseDatesLocationTuition
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Jul 6th - 7th Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Jul 23rd - 24th Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Aug 5th - 6th Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Aug 25th - 26th Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Sep 1st - 2nd Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Sep 17th - 18th Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Oct 20th - 21st Bryson City, NC $285 Book Now

Packing List

NOC provides all course participants with the following gear: gear bag, paddling jacket, wetsuit and booties, webbing, and prusiks. Participants are required to bring all other gear and equipment. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants at the Outfitter’s Store. 

Necessary Items: 

  • Lunch (or money to purchase lunch)
  • Face Mask or Cloth Face Covering
  • Rescue Personal Flotation Device or Standard PFD*
  • Throw bag/rope
  • Helmet
  • Boat, Paddle, Helmet, Spray Skirt, etc. 
  • Shorts/swimwear 
  • Dry Suit
  • Synthetic T-shirts 
  • Sunscreen/lip balm 
  • Towel and change of clothes each day 
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Clothing and personal items 
  • Band-Aids/Tape 
  • Synthetic long underwear 
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover 

*NOC has some on-hand to borrow if needed

Optional Items: 

  • Nose clips 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Eyeglass strap 
  • Hat or visor 
  • Ear plugs (if sensitive to water) 

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