Class III River Kayaking

This course offers the perfect mix of both instruction and river running on the most iconic rivers in the Southeast and is great for someone who wants to become a more proficient paddler in Class II-III+ whitewater. Students are challenged to execute difficult moves while in appropriate level whitewater and should already have the following skills:

  • A reliable flat-water roll
  • A reliable combat roll with a 50% success rate
  • The ability to make harder moves in Class II waters, such as crossing strong eddy lines with reasonable control, catching challenging eddies and ferrying in fast current

NOC offers both two and five-day courses to fit different schedules and goals. The five-day is highly recommended if you are looking for more time on the water to hone your skills as participants get to experience a multitude of rivers in the Southeast; Chattooga, French Broad, Nantahala, Nolichucky, Pigeon and Ocoee.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

 

Course Length:
2 or 5 Days

Price:
$400 – $850

Meals:
Lunch Included*

*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
 I learned SO much and had lots of fun. We worked on skills I was ready for and pushed me to try new things. It was great to feel successful even on the harder stuff and to fine-tune paddling strokes. It was a great week!

Course In Action

Course Dates

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

Course Outline

Course Topics:

  • Eddy Turns & Peel Outs
  • Jet Ferrying
  • Navigating Complex & Powerful Rapids
  • Stroke Timing
  • Compound Stroke Refinement
  • Scouting & Dissecting Class III Rapids
  • River Safety Techniques
2-Day Itinerary

Daily 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 courses)

  • 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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