Whitewater Kayaking Instruction
The Nation’s Best in Whitewater Kayaking Instruction
Whitewater kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, whether you are a beginner paddler trying a new sport or an experienced paddler looking to enhance your current skillset. NOC’s expert instructors assess each individual’s experience level to offer personalized coaching and support to meet your goals. We have course criteria available for groups or individuals across many craft and skill levels and take advantage of the area lakes and rivers for skill progression and practice.
For those brand new to the sport of whitewater kayaking, our one-day Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking or our 2- and 4-Day Learn to Kayak courses are a great place to start. Intermediate paddlers are perfect for our 2- and 4-day Class II clinics while more experienced/advanced paddlers will be challenged in our Class III+ clinics. Private instruction is also available for any level paddler for a more personal experience. If you’re unsure which of our courses is right for you, please give our staff a call (828) 785-5020 and we’d be happy to assist in ensuring you are in the right course.
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
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. Strengthen your whitewater kayaking skills and enjoy more advanced rivers with the best in instruction! 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!