Class II River Kayaking provides 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 to intermediate skill levels.

Prior to signing up for Class II River Kayaking, paddlers should be comfortable paddling Class I – II whitewater, have experience using paddling gear and equipment, have experience rolling a boat in flatwater, and understand paddling terms and fundamentals such as:

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

The course aims to advance these paddlers, 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 five-day courses. The five day is recommended for paddlers serious about quickly advancing, so students can log more river time with instructors. Additionally, five-day courses provide an opportunity to test out the latest boats and gear – helping you determine what best fits your body type and paddling style.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Course Length:
2–5 Days

Price:
$400–$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 Mar 13th - 14th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Mar 15th - 19th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Mar 20th - 21st Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Mar 22nd - 26th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Mar 27th - 28th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Mar 29th - Apr 2nd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 3rd - 4th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 5th - 9th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 10th - 11th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 12th - 13th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 19th - 23rd Bryson City, NC $859 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 24th - 25th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Apr 26th - 30th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking May 3rd - 7th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking May 8th - 9th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking May 10th - 14th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking May 15th - 16th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking May 17th - 21st Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking May 22nd - 23rd Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking May 24th - 28th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking May 29th - 30th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking May 31st - Jun 4th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 5th - 6th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 7th - 11th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 12th - 13th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 14th - 18th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-DayClass II River Kayaking Jun 19th - 20th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 21st - 25th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 26th - 27th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jun 28th - Jul 2nd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 3rd - 4th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 5th - 9th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 10th - 11th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 12th - 16th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 17th - 18th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 19th - 23rd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2- Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 24th - 25th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 26th - 30th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Jul 31st - Aug 1st Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 2nd - 6th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 7th - 8th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 9th - 13th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 14th - 15th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 16th - 20th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 21st - 22nd Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Aug 23rd - 27th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 4th - 5th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 6th - 10th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 11th - 12th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 13th - 17th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 18th - 19th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 20th - 24th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Sep 27th - Oct 1st Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 2nd - 3rd Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 4th - 8th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 9th - 10th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 11th - 15th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 16th - 17th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 18th - 22nd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 23rd - 24th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 25th - 29th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Class II River Kayaking Oct 30th - 31st Bryson City, NC $400 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

5-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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