Whitewater Kayaking Instruction
The Nation’s Best in Paddling 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. All our NOC Instructors are professionally trained and are certified ACA instructors. Our team will help paddlers set goals, provide coaching, assess skills, and support paddlers throughout the course. We offer course criteria for groups or individuals across many craft and skill levels to help you achieve your goals.
Whitewater Kayaking Course Progression
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.
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!
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.
Private Canoe and Kayak Instruction
Private lessons provide custom-tailored programming with an experienced NOC Instructor to help achieve the goals of individuals and groups. Private instruction is available for all skill levels, all crafts (kayak, canoe, or raft), and all disciplines. Small groups are also welcome!