The Nation's Best Canoe and Kayak Instruction
Learning to paddle whitewater rivers takes commitment, but canoeing and kayaking lessons with NOC’s celebrated Paddling School accelerate the learning process. Voted "Best Place to Learn" by Outside, NOC has taught more paddlers than anyone else, with 40+ years of experience going into every class. Our diverse instruction team focuses on your personal goals and shows you the pleasures of paddling whitewater. NOC offers a variety of courses varying in skill level, learning style, and duration. Our location on the Nantahala River in North Carolina offers quick access to the Southeast’s best whitewater rivers for learning and skill development.
Create your next River Story.
Step Beyond the Currents and into the world of NOC Paddlesports with celebrated instructor Dan Dixon. Dan instructs beginner to elite-level paddlers, mentors budding leaders in the whitewater industry, and constantly pursues elevated training in wilderness medicine and swiftwater techniques. Learn more about Dan's River Story below.
Outdoor School Courses
Duration: 5 Days
Price Per Person: $800
Dates: Kayak Level 3 or 4: April 20-24, 2020 - October 5-9, 2020. Call for Canoe Instructor Training Information.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Take your passion to the next level and gain the skills needed to teach whitewater kayaking. Learn More
Duration: 5 Days
Price Per Person: $475
Dates: 2020 Dates: March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29 -April 4 | April 5-11 | April 12-18
The industry’s gold-standard guide training program. Learn the essential skills to work as a professional river guide. Learn More
Duration: Full Day
Price Per Person: $130
Dates: June - August
Location: Atlanta, GA
NOC's popular Intro to Whitewater Kayaking now offered in Atlanta, GA! Learn More
Duration: 8 Days
Price: Contact for Pricing
Dates: January 4 - 11, 2020; January 18 - 25, 2020; February 8 - 15, 2020; February 15 - 22, 2020
Join us on a South American adventure to the fabled whitewater mecca of Chile. Choose from three trips designed for kayakers of all ability levels. Learn More