Advanced Teen Kayak Camps
Advanced teen paddlers will take kayaking to the next level with true road trip adventure; paddling in multiple rivers across the Southeast, staying in campgrounds along the way, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Give your teen the Summer camp experience they will always remember! The NOC Paddling School Advanced Teen Travel Camp provides advanced teen paddlers the opportunity to take kayaking to the next level along with a true road trip adventure; paddling in multiple rivers across the Southeast, staying in campgrounds along the way and enjoying the great outdoors, with 24-hour supervision from NOC’s highly trained instructors.
NOC’s Instruction team will guide teens on some of the best rivers in the Southeast to paddle and practice Class III+ skills. Rivers often visited include the Nantahala, Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad, and Nolichucky.
For more information and example itineraries, check out the 2021 Parent Handbook.
What You’ll Learn
Teens will advance their paddling skills from Class III+, with an emphasis on river awareness and leadership preparation on and off the river.
Skills You’ll Acquire
- River running
What to Expect
Teens will experience a week of thrilling adventure; paddling in multiple rivers across the Southeast, camping in campgrounds along the way, eating camp meals, and enjoying the great outdoors. The first day will be focused on the Nantahala River, then days two through five will be on the road to the most iconic rivers in the Southeast and setting up camp at local campsites. Full instruction and supervision will be provided by NOC’s elite instruction team, and all meals from dinner Sunday night to lunch on Friday are included. Full itinerary can be found in the 2021 Parent Handbook.
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday and concluding with lunch on Friday
- Lodging in campgrounds
- All necessary specialty whitewater equipment
- In-course transportation
- Access to NOC’s extensive fleet of instruction boats for in-clinic use
- NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction
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 participants at NOC’s Outfitters Store.
See 2021 Parent Handbook for the full packing list.
Necessary Items (for All Classes)
- Shorts or Swimwear
- Water shoes or old sneakers
- Synthetic T-shirts
- Sunscreen/Lip balm
- Towel and Change of clothes
- Reusable water bottle
- Clothing and personal items
- Rain gear
- Synthetic long underwear
- Light fleece hoodie/pullover
- Nose clips
- Sunglasses and eyeglass strap
- Hat or visor
- Ear plugs
Paddlers should meet the following prerequisites before joining this camp:
- Must be ages 13-17
- Should have a minimum of Class III Kayaking experience
- Should have a reliable combat roll
All meals are included in the price of the camp from dinner on Sunday after check-in to lunch on Friday, the last day of camp.
The instructors [at NOC] have each been uniformly amazing, knowing how to push them to the next level with boofing, surfing, freestyle, and swift water rescue techniques. All the while, stressing safety, and, most importantly for teens, the importance of sound decision making in their boating. One of the most unique aspects of this great camp is the opportunity to camp out each night at the banks of a new river and daily road trips to so many great SE rivers.