Class II River Kayaking clinics provide students an opportunity to fine-tune techniques learned in previous courses. Participants will focus on increasing fluidity and efficiency while paddling, river reading, and river awareness. Additionally, this is the perfect “Bridge Course” for paddlers advancing from beginner proficiency in a whitewater kayak to intermediate skill levels.

Prior to signing up for Class II River Kayaking, participants should have experience paddling Class I-II whitewater in a whitewater kayak, and using paddling gear and equipment. Participants should also have experience with flatwater rolling and understand paddling terms, along with the following fundamentals:

  • Wet Exit
  • Boat Based Rescues
  • Carving & Edging
  • Catching Eddies
  • Peel Outs
  • Ferries

Our professionally trained team of instructors will help improve paddlers’ skills, rendering them able to carve up Nantahala Falls and enjoy more advanced rivers like the Pigeon and French Broad. Perfecting a strong combat roll will be a primary goal of the course, as this is an indispensable skill for whitewater paddling.

We offer both two and four-day courses. The four-day is recommended for paddlers serious about quickly advancing, so students can log more river time with instructors. Additionally, four-day courses provide more opportunities to test out the latest boats and gear – helping you determine what best fits your body type and paddling style.

Course Length:
2–4 Days

Price:
$450–$850

Meals:
Lunch Included*

*Additional discounts available at NOC lodging and restaurants

Included in Course:

  • All necessary specialty whitewater equipment
  • Lunch & In-Course Transportation
  • Access to NOC’s extensive fleet of instruction boats for in-clinic use
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction

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Course In Action

Course Dates

CourseDatesLocationTuition
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 9th - 10th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 11th - 14th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 16th - 17th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 18th - 21st Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 23rd - 24th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 25th - 28th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 30th - 31st Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 1st - 4th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 6th - 7th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 8th - 11th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 13th - 14th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 15th - 18th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 20th - 21st Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 3rd - 4th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 5th - 8th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 10th - 11th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 12th - 15th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 17th - 18th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 19th - 22nd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 24th - 25th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 26th - 29th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 1st - 2nd Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 3rd - 6th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 8th - 9th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 10th - 13th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 15th - 16th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 17th - 20th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 22nd - 23rd Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 24th - 27th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 29th - 30th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now

Course Outline

Course Topics:

  • Scouting
  • Eddy Turns and Peel Outs
  • Ferrying
  • Stroke Timing
  • Combat Roll Techniques
  • Introduce Compound Strokes
2-Day Itinerary

8:30 AM: Check-in and meet instructor

9:00 AM: Gear overview and selection

10:00 AM: Fundamental paddling skills on flatwater, or building skills on moving water

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Apply skills on moving water

4:30 PM: Course ends

4-Day Itinerary

Packing List

NOC Provides the primary gear needed for each course including boats, paddles, PFD's, helmets, spray skirts, semi-dry tops, wetsuit bottoms and booties. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants at the Outfitter’s Store.

Necessary items (for all classes)

  • Shorts/swimwear
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Towel and change of clothes each day
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Rain gear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover

Optional items

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

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