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Experiential Learning for Outdoor Professionals

NOC’s commitment to high quality education is top in the industry. Our certified instructors have years of experience and take our courses beyond the requirements to best prepare students for professional careers. Situated at the intersection of the Nantahala River and the Appalachian Trail, NOC is the perfect location to offer specialized training and industry-recognized certification opportunities for outdoor trip leaders, disaster relief workers, military teams, physicians and other medical professionals seeking an exceptional experience.

Paddling School

From professional instructor training and certifications to swiftwater rescue, NOC’s renowned Paddling School prepares students to become instructors, guides, and skilled in swiftwater situations.

Raft Guide School teaches you the skills needed to work as a professional raft guide for commercial outfitters, summer camps, clubs, and outdoor schools.

SOLO Southeast

Wilderness Survival

Learn essential concepts of wilderness survival, gain valuable backcountry and bushcraft skills needed to stabilize and improve your situation, and attain the knowledge that will enable you to assist in your own rescue.

Wilderness Medicine

From preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment, Wilderness Medicine courses are essential for backcountry enthusiasts and outdoor adventure leaders. Give yourself the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote wilderness locations to work as Wilderness Survival Instructor.

Emergency Medicine and Rescue

We offer the highest quality EMT, Wilderness EMT, and continuing education courses for emergency management services. Our experienced instructors and hands-on learning approach allows our students to gain necessary skills through experiential learning, rather than hours spent in a classroom.
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Carrying a person in a stretcher while on the Wilderness Medicine (SOLO Southeast) course


If you’re looking to customize a course for yourself or a group, our private instruction allows us to tailor a class to your individual needs and schedule. We can accommodate a group of friends or family members interested in half-day, one-day, or multi-day survival or outdoor skills class.

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Leaders in Outdoor Adventure Since 1972

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Legacy in Adventure & Instruction

Leading and innovating in adventure, instruction and education since 1972.

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Memorable Outdoor Experiences

Specializing in quality experiences, gear and guidance for all ability levels.

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Connecting people and places through fun, engaging and authentic interactions.

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