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Outdoor Schools & Training Programs

Embark on a journey of skill development, exploration, and expert instruction with Nantahala Outdoor Center’s esteemed outdoor schools. Renowned for our unparalleled expertise in paddling instruction, wilderness and emergency medicine, technical rescue, and survival skills training, Nantahala Outdoor Center has been a beacon of excellence in instructional services since our inception in 1973.

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Paddling School

Elevate your paddling proficiency with NOC’s esteemed Paddling School! Whether you’re seeking to embrace a new aquatic pursuit or refine your existing paddling abilities, our program stands as the pinnacle of instructional excellence. Recognized as “”the Best Place to Learn”” by Outside Magazine.

Our team of seasoned instructors offers personalized guidance tailored to every skill level. Immerse yourself in premier instruction amidst the breathtaking rivers of the Southeast, ensuring an unparalleled learning experience.

Additionally, our Paddling School extends professional training opportunities in swiftwater rescue techniques and ACA Kayak Instructor certification, further enhancing participants’ expertise and credentials in the field.

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SOLO Southeast

Distinguished as one of the nation’s premier wilderness medicine and survival schools, SOLO Southeast sets the standard for excellence in outdoor medical training.

Our comprehensive curriculum encompasses nationally recognized certifications up to the EMT level, alongside specialized programs designed for guides, trip leaders, firefighters, military personnel, medical professionals, and relief workers.

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NOC Raft Guide School

Aspiring professionals seeking to embark on a career as a commercial raft guide receive unparalleled training through NOC’s Raft Guide School.

Our rigorous curriculum equips students with the requisite skills and knowledge to excel in the commercial rafting industry, ensuring a seamless transition into this rewarding profession.

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