This course is for single-bladers of all skill levels! After an initial goal discussion and skill assessment, instructors will tailor the experience to the needs of the group. Each day will be spent with mornings on the lake learning correct techniques, and afternoons on a river practicing skills on level-appropriate rapids with NOC instructor guidance and support. Not only will paddlers solidify strong foundations, they will have a chance to hone specific skills like off-side ferrying, bracing, and edging.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Course Length:
2 or 4 Days


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 Dates

2-Day Canoe Jul 16th - 17th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now
4-Day Canoe Aug 8th - 11th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Canoe Sep 24th - 25th Bryson City, NC $450 Book Now

Course Outline

Course Topics:

Develop an understanding of:

  • Boat design
  • Required gear and proper fit
  • River terminology
  • River safety

Skills you will acquire:

  • On-side and off-side paddle strokes
  • Moving your boat sideways
  • Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your boat
  • Exiting from a capsized boat
  • Bracing
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

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 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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