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.
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.
Raft Guide School
Learn the skills needed to work as a professional raft guide for commercial outfitters, summer camps, clubs, and outdoor schools in our industry-leading NOC Raft Guide School.
Class II River Kayaking
Advance 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 to intermediate skill levels in a two or five-day clinic.
Summer Day Camps
NOC’s Summer Day Camp is great for kids ages 9 to 17 of any skill level to learn or improve their paddling skills with top-notch instruction on the lakes and rivers of Western North Carolina.