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

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Course

Duration: Full-Day

Price Per Person: $130

Dates: Daily, May 23 - September 7, 2020

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in this full-day course. The ultimate course in introduction to whitewater kayaking. Learn More

2-Day Whitewater Kayaking/Canoeing Courses

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $400

Dates: Late March-October

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to kayak and canoe or take your paddling to the next level. This 2-day session provides time for learning and repetition. Learn More

5-day Whitewater Kayaking/Canoeing Courses

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $800

Dates: Late March - October

Location: Bryson City, NC

Improve your kayaking skills and solidify good paddling technique with NOC's award-winning instructors. Learn More

Kayak Summer Camps

Duration: 5-Day

Price Per Person: $900–$1,500

Dates: June & July

Ages: Varies

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to kayak, improve your skills and meet other aspiring kayakers in NOC’s popular Summer Kayaking Camps. Learn More

Private Canoe and Kayak Instruction

Duration: Full-Day (9am - 5pm)

Price: $300-$750/day

Dates: March - November

Location: Bryson City, NC

Improve your canoeing and kayaking skills with a private lesson. You and your NOC instructor build a session to accomplish your objectives. Learn More

Slicey Boat Clinic: Ocoee River

Duration: Full Day

Price Per Person: $99

Dates: Call for Availability

Join NOC's Paddling School on the Ocoee River for a Slicey Boat Clinic! Learn More

ACA Kayak & Canoe Instructor Training

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

ACA Instructor Update

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $400

Dates: Kayak: April 4-5, 2020 | October 17-18, 2020 (Call for Canoe Instructor Update Information)

Update your ACA Kayak or Canoe Instructor Certification with this 2 Day Course. Learn More

Raft Guide School

Duration: 4-5 Days

Price Per Person: $475

Dates: 2021 Dates Now Open! Early Bird Discounts Below!

The industry’s gold-standard guide training program. Learn the essential skills to work as a professional river guide. Learn More

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Course - Chattahoochee River

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

International Adventures

Duration: 8 Days

Price: Contact for Pricing

Dates: January 4 - 11, 2020; January 18 - 25, 2020; February 8 - 15, 2020; February 15 - 22, 2020

Location: Chile

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

Women’s Kayak Retreat

Price: $490 - $650

Dates: May 15 - 17, August 14 - 16

Enjoy time on the water with a supportive group of women during NOC's Women's Kayak Retreats! Learn More