Learn the necessary skills to paddle in Class I-II Whitewater! There is no experience necessary for this two or five-day course. Begin each day learning and practicing techniques on the lake with your NOC Instructor. Take it up a notch and put your skills to work on beginner-level rapids under the guidance of your instructor before the course is over. 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 the opportunity 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 – $800

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 Aug 17th - 21st Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Aug 24th - 28th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Aug 31st - Sep 4th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 5th - 6th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 7th - 11th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 12th - 13th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 14th - 18th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 19th - 20th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 21st - 25th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 26th - 27th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 26th - 27th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Sep 28th - Oct 2nd Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 3rd - 4th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 5th - 9th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 10th - 11th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 12th - 16th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 17th - 18th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 19th - 23rd Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 24th - 25th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now
5-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 26th - 30th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now
2-Day Learn to Kayak Oct 31st - Nov 1st 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:

9:00 AM: Check-in and meet instructor

9:30 AM: Gear overview and selection

10:30 AM: Fundamental paddling skills on flatwater, or building skills on moving water

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Apply skills on moving water

3:30 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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