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

$400 – $850

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

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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