NOC Swiftwater Rescue
for Whitewater Paddlers

Geared toward the modern-day river runner, this course focuses on progressive and advanced skills while meeting and exceeding all ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue criteria. Our 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.  Because of the intensity of this course, participants should consider the following prerequisites: 
  • Participants must be 14 years or older and accompanied by an adult if under 18. 
  • Be in good physical condition – this is an active course and participants will be swimming. 
  • Be proficient in self-rescue and swimming in Class II Whitewater. 
  • Be familiar with throwing and repacking rope. Please practice before your course begins. 
  • Have a solid understanding of river reading and hydrology. 
  • Be familiar with the following knots prior to the course: 
    • Figure Eight 
    • Figure Eight Double Loop 
    • Figure Eight Follow Loop 
    • Water Knot 
    • Double Fisherman 

Course Length:
2 Days


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

Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers Oct 9th - 10th Bryson City, NC $275 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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