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.

Outdoor School Courses

Weekend Whitewater Kayaking Courses

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $399.99

Dates: Weekends, March 31-October 28, 2018 - Mid-Week, August 15-16, August 23-24, 2018

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

Weekday Whitewater Kayaking Courses

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $799.99

Dates: Weekdays, March 26-October 26, 2018

Location: Bryson City, NC

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

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Course

Duration: Full-Day

Price Per Person: $130-$150

Dates: Daily, May 25 - September 2, 2019

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

Private Canoe and Kayak Instruction

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

Price: $299.99 - $749.99

Dates: March - October, 2018

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

Kayak Summer Camps

Duration: 5-Day

Price Per Person: $850-$1500

Dates: June & July, 2019

Ages: 9 - 17

Location: Bryson City, NC

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

Slicey Boat Clinic: Ocoee River

Duration: Full Day

Price Per Person: $99

Dates: June 1, 2019 and July 20, 2019

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

ACA Kayak & Canoe Instructor Training

Duration: 3 and 4 Days

Price Per Person: $620 - $800

Dates: ACA Level 3 Kayak: May 6-9 and October 7-10

ACA Level 4 Kayak: May 6-10 and October 7-11

Location: Bryson City, NC

Take your passion to the next level and gain the skills needed to teach whitewater kayaking. Learn More

Raft Guide School

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $475

Dates: 2019: March 3-8, March 10-15, March 17-22, March 24-29, March 31-April 5, April 7-12

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: 2019 dates to be announced

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: December 29-January 5, January 12-January 19, February 2-February 9

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