The Nation’s Best Canoe & Kayak Instruction
Whether you are a beginner trying out a new sport, a paddling enthusiast looking to advance your skills, or an outdoor professional requiring certification, NOC’s celebrated Paddling School provides top-notch courses with the best instructors in the business. Voted “Best Place to Learn” by Outside, NOC has taught more paddlers than anyone else, with 40+ years of experience going into every class. We offer course criteria for groups or individuals across many craft and skill levels to help you achieve your goals.
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!
Advanced Teen Kayak Camps
Advanced teen paddlers will take kayaking to the next level with true road trip adventure; paddling in multiple rivers across the Southeast, staying in campgrounds along the way, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Class II River Kayaking
Strengthen your whitewater kayaking skills and enjoy more advanced rivers with the best in instruction! This is the perfect “Bridge Course” for paddlers progressing from beginner proficiency in a whitewater kayak to intermediate skill levels in a two or four-day clinic. Refine strokes, concepts, maneuvers, Rescuing and rolling your boat in moving water.
Class III+ River Kayaking
Become a confident and proficient paddler in Class II-III+ whitewater. Paddlers will focus on stroke choice, timing, concepts, and using river features to navigate more powerful, complex rapids. We offer both two and four-day courses. These courses offer the perfect mix of both instruction and river running on the most iconic rivers in the Southeast.
Kayak River Runner Workshops
Spend time kayaking on the Nantahala, Chattooga, Nolichucky, or Ocoee River learning lines on classic rapids and enjoying popular play spots. This course offers the perfect mix of both a guided river running experience, instruction, and exploring the most iconic rivers in the Southeast!
Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers
Gain the skills and confidence needed for swiftwater rescue situations. This course is great for paddling enthusiasts or professional paddlers to learn river safety and rescue.