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Anxiety Management for Whitewater Kayakers

Bryson City, NC
from $400
One on one private instruction for anxious paddlers!

Designed to give whitewater kayakers tools to manage anxiety and fear when out on the river. Improve your mental game and focus on Class II-III water with this private course!

18+ Years Old
All Day
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This one on one private session is designed to give kayakers the tools to manage their anxiety and fear when out on the river. Improve your mental game on Class II-III water focusing on building confidence and overcoming river-related anxiety. We will cover various topics in dry land coaching sessions and implement the practices into our time on the river.

Workshop Content

  • Understanding the reasons behind river-related anxiety and fear and learning effective strategies to address them.
  • Techniques for getting centered and building confidence while paddling on Class II-III water.
  • Aligning your paddling choices with your risk tolerance and skill level through effective risk management.
  • Strategies for dealing with pre-run anxiety and stress, including coping mechanisms for sleepless nights.
  • Tips and techniques for having more fun on the river.

This is now offered as a private course. If you would like more info, please call us.



51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

  • Lunch & In-Course Transportation
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction

Participants will need to provide their boat and gear so they are comfortable using the equipment they are using.

Necessary Items

  • Personal Boat/Helmet/Paddle/PFD
  • 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)

Participants must be 18 years or older. Participants need to bring their own boat and gear so that they are comfortable with the equipment they are using.

Lunch is included in the course fee. Additional meals, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at NOC’s two onsite restaurants or the General Store.

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