Anne Sontheimer, is one of NOC’s long time river guides and avid kayaker. Learn a little bit about her in the interview below!
What do you do at NOC , and what is your favorite outdoor activity?
Sontheimer: I work at the NOC Paddling School and teach whitewater kayaking most of the time. Occasionally I’ll also teach canoeing, rafting, and Swiftwater rescue skills. My favorite outdoor hobbies are kayaking, riding mountain bikes, and hiking with my team of adventurers.
What makes you proud to be at NOC?
Sontheimer: I’ve been part of the NOC community for 27 years, and I’m proud to be part of a company that promotes an environment of learning with a team of people that encourage, support, and empathize through navigating the dynamic environment of whitewater. There are many life skills to learn and practice through the many opportunities in that environment.
How has NOC adapted to these times / what do you want people to know about how/what you are doing?
Sontheimer: NOC is adapting daily by communicating, evaluating, and balancing the risk involved with all the programs and adventures we offer. We already navigate dynamic programs and strive to inform, support, and teach our guests to make an informed decision that involves risk with the skills necessary to navigate them.
Any positive messages you’d like to include?
Sontheimer: In this moment, practice being present, compassionate, and adventure in your world.
Learn to Kayak
Build the foundations for whitewater kayaking in these two or four-day courses. Kayakers will learn and refine strokes, learn concepts, wet exits, rolling, and safety. New and aspiring whitewater kayakers will spend time learning new skills and practicing them on area lakes and rivers. No experience necessary!
Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Course
This full-day course focuses on whitewater essentials for new and aspiring paddlers. Family-friendly and appropriate for kids as young as 8, this course includes the latest gear, the highest quality instruction, transportation, and lunch. This program puts emphasis on fun, skill-building, and exploring some of the region’s most beautiful lakes and rivers.
ACA Instructor Development & Certification
These courses are designed to prepare participants with the professional skills needed to teach whitewater kayaking. NOC’s training will certify up to Level 4 ACA Kayak Instructor.