Focus on your individual paddling goals with a personalized instruction session! Private lessons provide you the undivided attention of an experienced NOC Instructor and are available for all skill levels, all crafts (kayak, canoe, or raft), and all disciplines, on multiple rivers in the Southeast.

Private learning is custom-built for the student’s goals, allowing you to focus on a specific paddling skill like mastering your kayak roll, running drops, or even heading out onto the river for the first time with professional support!

We also welcome small groups (up to five) so that you can learn with family or friends! We can customize classes for larger groups, please call for details.

We also offer private instruction on some of the most iconic rivers in the Southeast! Depending on experience and skill level, we can provide clinics on the Nantahala, Chattooga, French Broad, Pigeon, Ocoee, and more, call for details.

Prices are dependent on the number of participants and day of instruction. We are offering an Advanced Booking Discount of $50 for Private Instruction that is booked 2 or more weeks in advance. For more information, prices and reservations, please call NOC Paddling School at 828.488.7249.

Participants must be 8 years or older.

Course Length:
1 Day

Starting at $400*

Daily Lunch**

*$100 for each additional participant (up to 5)

**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

Nice calm approach, very patient and positive. Focused to my skill level. Easily communicated instructions. Never seemed to tire of repeating instructions!

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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 (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)

Custom Group Planning allows courses to be tailored to your needs and schedule. We can accommodate groups
of friends & family or classes interested in half-day, one-day, or multi-day survival and outdoor skills courses.
Choose the course that best suits your needs!

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