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Learn to Kayak

Bryson City, NC
from $475
5.00 (11 Reviews)
Multi-day courses perfect for beginners!

Build the foundations for whitewater kayaking in these two or four-day courses. Kayakers will learn and refine strokes, learn concepts, wet exits, rolling, and safety. New and aspiring whitewater kayakers will spend time learning new skills and practicing them on area lakes and rivers. No experience necessary!

16+ Years Old
2 Days
4 Days
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Overview

Learn the necessary skills to paddle a whitewater kayak in Class I-II Whitewater! Whether you are moving from flatwater paddling or sea kayaking or have no experience in a boat at all, this class is the place to start your whitewater kayak journey! Begin each day learning and practicing strokes, concepts and getting comfortable doing wet exits with your NOC professional Instructor. We then progress to the river and put your skills to work on beginner-level rapids under the coaching of your instructor. If you are looking to build a foundation for strong skill development and understanding, this is where you want to be.

We offer both two and four-day courses. The four days is recommended for paddlers serious about quickly advancing, so students can log more river time with instructors. Additionally, four-day courses provide more opportunities to test out the latest boats and gear – helping you determine what best fits your body type and paddling style.

Skills You’ll Learn and Develop

2 Day Course  

  • Boat Design, Whitewater Gear & Proper Fit
  • Strokes, concepts, and kayak maneuvers
  • Scouting, water reading, and picking your line
  • River Safety and communication
  • Carving, edging and redirecting momentum utilizing the water
  • Wet exits and swimming your gear to shore
  • Rolling Techniques

4 Day Course  

This course will build on the skills covered in our 2-day course with a more in-depth focus on strokes, rescue, rolling, and river running. We will also have the opportunity for a travel day to paddle additional rivers in the southeast such as the French Broad or Chattooga.

We also offer a NEW Women’s 4-Day Course in 2024. This is a course designed to give all up and coming Women paddlers space to advance their skills while traversing the waters. Please note that this is a WOMEN’S ONLY COURSE.

What to Expect

Guests will start by getting perfectly outfitted with a boat and all the necessary gear and then head to a calm lake to learn basic strokes, boat control, and safety maneuvers. After lunch, you will paddle an appropriate river and put your newly acquired skills to use!

Each day will be split between skills development on area lakes and rivers and enjoying the thrills of the rapids on one of our home whitewater runs.

Dates

Dates - 2-Day Courses

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Apr 20-21, 2024 2-Day Learn To Kayak Bryson City, NC
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Dates - 4-Day Courses

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Apr 29-May 2, 2024 4-Day Learn To Kayak Bryson City, NC
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4-Day Women's Learn to Kayak

Dates Location  
May 20-23, 2024 Bryson City, NC

Location

Address

51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

  • 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

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)

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Beginner courses appropriate for those who have:

  • Never paddled a watercraft on a lake or moving water.
  • Experience in a flatwater kayak or sea kayak and want to try whitewater kayaking.
  • Experience in a whitewater kayak or canoe.
  • The ability to get on and off or in and out of a paddle craft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance.
  • No kayak roll or are working on a solid flatwater roll.

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.

Discounts available at NOC lodging and restaurants.

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