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Canoe Courses

Bryson City, NC
from $170
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Learn how to paddle a whitewater canoe or improve your canoeing techniques in these courses.

Learn how to paddle whitewater in a canoe or improve your techniques in these 2 or 4-day courses.

16+ Years Old
1 Day
2 Days
4 Days
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Overview

This course is for single-bladers of all skill levels!

NOC’s Paddling School has been teaching canoe instruction since we started in 1973. We offer 1, 2 and 4 Day Courses for beginner to intermediate level paddlers along with Canoe Private Instruction. Our courses focus on skill development and technique, boat maneuvering and control along with risk management. See which course is right for you!

Canoeing Fundamentals

Cost: $170 Duration: 1 Day

Canoeing Fundamentals is an introduction to paddling a solo canoe, but can also serve as a refresher for canoeists with previous experience. This program provides the building blocks and progression of becoming a successful canoeist with an emphasis on personal preparation, equipment, strokes and maneuvers along with trip planning and decision making. This course is based on Fontana Lake in order to maximize time on the water giving ample focus on the in’s and out’s of successfully handling the boat with grace.

This course includes instruction, gear, lunch, and transportation. In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of and work on the following skills:

  • Boat Design, Gear & Proper Fit
  • Canoe Carry
  • Concepts of Paddling
  • Posture, Rocking & Balancing
  • Managing a Capsized Canoe and Re-Entry
  • Risk Management

2-Day Tandem & Solo Class I-II River Touring

Cost: $465 Duration: 2 Days

Preparing for a multi-day river trip? Looking to become proficient at paddling a touring canoe? Then this is the course for you! Whether solo or tandem, beginner to those with previous experience, we will go over the essentials of paddling a touring canoe.

This course includes instruction, gear, lunch, and transportation. In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of and work on the following skills:

  • Effective Paddle Stroke Technique for Paddling a Touring Canoe
  • The Ability to Enter and Exit Swift Current Effectively
  • River Features & Hydrology
  • Rapid Scouting Techniques
  • Identify River Features and Use to Navigate Rapid Sets
  • Learn to Use Current Differentials
  • Maneuvers: Carving, Ferry, Back Ferry, Peel Out, Eddy Turn, C-Turn, S-Turn
  • Wind Strategy
  • Boat Based Rescue Techniques & Risk Management

2-Day Level 1 Whitewater Canoe

Cost: $465 Duration: 2 Days

Learn how to paddle whitewater in a canoe or improve your techniques in this two-day class. Perfect for beginners or canoeists with some experience that have a desire to build a solid foundation of fundamental skills to achieve finesse in the art of solo whitewater canoeing.

This course includes instruction, gear, lunch, and transportation. In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of and work on the following skills:

  • Boat Design & Terminology
  • Paddle Strokes: Propulsion, Turning, Bracing
  • River Maneuvers: Ferry, Peel Out, Eddy Turn, C-Turn
  • River Features & Hydrology
  • Rapid Scouting Techniques
  • Hand Signals for On Water Communication
  • Boat Based Rescue Techniques & Risk Management

2-Day Level 2 Whitewater Canoe

Cost: $465 Duration: 2 Days 

Our Level 2 Whitewater Canoeing Clinic is the next step in our solo whitewater canoe progression. We take the fundamental skill set you have been building and begin applying it to accelerated and more dynamic whitewater, increasing the challenge for effective, efficient strokes and faster decision making.

Prior to signing up for a Level 2 Whitewater Canoe Clinic, participants should:

  • Be able to identify river features
  • Understand paddle strokes and uses: forward stroke, J stroke, sweep stroke, stern and bow draw
  • Be able to perform basic maneuvers in Class I-II whitewater: ferry, peel out, eddy turn

Skills You Will Learn and Develop:

  • Using river features to navigate more powerful rapids with finesse
  • Learn to implement cross bow & compound strokes effectively
  • Surfing waves
  • Scouting and dissecting Class III rapids
  • Risk management and confidence building for paddling more technical and challenging rivers

4-Day Whitewater Canoe

Cost: $865 Duration: 4 Days 

Canoe courses perfect for single-bladers of all skill levels!

Learn how to paddle whitewater in a canoe or improve your techniques in this 4-day solo course. Professionally trained instructors tailor the experience to fit the needs of the group, offering skill development and practice time on area lakes and rivers.

This course includes instruction, gear, lunch, and transportation. In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of and work on the following skills:

  • Boat Design
  • Required Gear & Proper Fit
  • River Terminology
  • Boat Safety
  • On-side and Off-side Paddle Strokes
  • Moving your Boat Sideways
  • Balancing and Edging your Boat
  • Safely Exiting a Capsized Boat
  • Bracing

Dates

Canoeing Fundamentals

Dates Location  
Jul 26, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Aug 2, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Aug 9, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Aug 30, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Sep 13, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Sep 20, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Oct 4, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Oct 11, 2024 Bryson City, NC

2-Day Tandem & Solo Class I-II River Touring Dates

Dates Location  
Jul 27-28, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Sep 7-8, 2024 Bryson City, NC

2-Day Level 1 Whitewater Canoe Dates

Dates Location  
Aug 3-4, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Sep 14-15, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Oct 5-6, 2024 Bryson City, NC

2-Day Level 2 Whitewater Canoe Dates

Dates Location  
Jul 20-21, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Aug 31-Sep 1, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Sep 21-22, 2024 Bryson City, NC
Oct 12-13, 2024 Bryson City, NC

4-Day Whitewater Canoe Dates

Dates Location  
Aug 19-22, 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, 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 at least 16 years old. All minors (17 and under) require the presence of participating adult for this program.

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.

Interested in purchasing a Canoe? Our outfitter’s store is home to an incredible selection of whitewater boats, paddling gear, apparel, footwear, and accessories, with knowledgeable guides in store and online.

 

 

Meet Our Instructors

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The NOC Paddling School stands out because of its exceptional instructors, who are experienced, skilled paddlers, and creative teachers. Their expertise and dedication are why Outside Magazine named us the “Best Place to Learn”

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