Learn the necessary skills to paddle a whitewater kayak in Class I-II Whitewater! Whether you are moving from flatwater paddling or sea kayaking or have no experience in a boat at all, this class is the place to start your whitewater kayak journey! Begin each day learning and practicing techniques on the lake with your NOC Instructor. We then take it up a notch and put your skills to work on beginner-level rapids under the guidance of your instructor. If you are looking to build a basic foundation for strong skill development, this is where you want to be.

Five-day courses not only give you more practice time on the water, but you’ll also have additional opportunities to try out the latest boat designs to determine what type fits your paddling style and body the best.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Course Length:
2 or 5 Days

Price:
$400 – $850

Meals:
Daily Lunch*

*Additional discounts available at NOC 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

Reviews

Really great experience.its clear the NOC takes instruction seriously and brings in the best instructors. I’ll definitely recommend this program, to others and look forward to many returns!

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Course Dates

CourseDatesLocationTuition
5-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 27th - Oct 1st Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Learn To Kayak Oct 2nd - 3rd Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 4th - 8th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Learn To Kayak Oct 9th - 10th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 11th - 15th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Learn To Kayak Oct 16th - 17th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 18th - 22nd Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Learn To Kayak Oct 23rd - 24th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 25th - 29th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
2-Day Learn To Kayak Oct 30th - 31st Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now

Course Outline

Course Topics:

Develop an understanding of:

  • Boat Design
  • Whitewater Gear & Proper Fit
  • River Feature Terminology
  • River Safety

Skills you will acquire:

  • Forward & Reverse Paddling
  • Moving your Boat Sideways
  • Balancing & Edging
  • Exiting a Capsized Boat
  • Rolling 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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